Sunday, 12 September 2010

Bird-race!

Yesterday I took part in a bird race, organized all over Italy. The target was to find the greatest number of birds within the borders of the Gorizia province (Italy). Our team (me and two others) started at 04.00 am in the morning and ended at about 20.00 pm in the evening. We managed to see 113 species (the complete chek-list at the end). The visited places (in more or less chronologic order) were: Alberoni, Fossalon, Doberdob lake NR, Lisert, Isola della Cona NR, Valle Cavanata NR, Valle Artalina, Gradisca d'Isonzo, Gorizia-river Isonzo, Medea/Borgnano, Carso Goriziano (Karst) + Cava di Sagrado + Alture di Polazzo.
The highlight of the day was a pair of LITTLE CRAKES in the morning at Lisert. The two birds were showing well at the reedbed marging, feeding together. Other interesting birds of the day were: Goosander (at least 10 f/eclipse m, on the river Isonzo), an OSPREY (at Lisert, perching on a pole), three Short-toed Eagles (above Lisert), several Hobbies, two Peregrines on the Karst, several Little Owls (at Fossalon) and the nice migrats including: a male Redstart, Wheatears, Whinchats, several Garden Warblers, 2-3 Lesser Whitethroats, Willow Warblers, Wood Warblers, some Spotted Flycatchers and many Pied Flycatchers.
The two Little Crakes (male-the first one):



Osprey:


Short-toed Eagles:

The complete bird check-list of the day:
Mute Swan
Greylag Goose
Bar-headed Goose
Mallard
Gadwall
Shoveler
Wigeon
Teal
Pochard
Goosander
Red-breasted Merganser
Pheasant
Little Grebe
Great Crested Grebe
Cormorant
Shag
Pygmy Cormorant
Night Heron
Cattle Egret
Little Egret
Western Reef Egret
Great Egret
Grey Heron
Osprey
Short-toed Eagle
Marsh Harrier
Buzzard
Honey Buzzard
Sparrowhawk
Kestrel
Hobby
Peregrine
Water Rail
Little Crake
Moorhen
Coot
Little Ringed Plover
Grey Plover
Lapwing
Dunlin
Wood Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper
Spotted Redshank
Greenshank
Curlew
Snipe
Ruff
Black-headed Gull
Mediterranean Gull
Yellow-legged Gull
Sandwich Tern
Rock Dove/Feral Pigeon
Woodpigeon
Collared Dove
Tawny Owl
Little Owl
Alpine Swift
Kingfisher
Bee-eater
Black Woodpecker
Green Woodpecker
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Lesser Spotted Woodpecker
Woodlark
Sand Martin
Barn Swallow
House Martin
Tawny Pipit
Tree Pipit
White Wagtail
Yellow Wagtail
Grey Wagtail
Robin
Redstart
Black Redstart
Wheatear
Whinchat
Stonechat
Blackbird
Garden Warbler
Blackcap
Lesser Whitethroat
Sardinian Warbler
Sedge Warbler
Zitting Cisticola
Cetti's Warbler
Reed Warbler
Willow Warbler
Wood Warbler
Chiffchaff
Spotted Flycatcher
Pied Flycatcher
Great Tit
Blue Tit
Marsh Tit
Long-tailed Tit
Nuthatch
Short-toed Treecreeper
Red-backed Shrike
Magpie
Jay
Jackdaw
Hooded Crow
Starling
House Sparrow
Tree Sparrow
Chaffinch
Goldfinch
Greenfinch
Siskin
Hawfinch
Cirl Bunting
Rock Bunting