Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Passerine migrants & Black Stork on passage

Morning spent at "Campo Carri" - the big grassland area near Bani/Banne (TS). The bushes were literally alive with migrants, which included: 3 Willow Warblers, at least 5 Pied Flycatchers, 2 Redstarts (1 f and 1 first winter male-moulting), 2 Whinchats, 2 Wheatears, one juv. Common Whitethroat, 6 Spotted Flycatchers, 2 Garden Warblers, 3 Lesser Whitethroats, one nice WRYNECK, several Blackcaps, one Black Redstart. An almost constant passage overhead: Tree Pipits, flocks of Siskins and Crossbills (flocks of about 20 birds). Other birds in the area included: Robin (interesting to see so many individuals), Coal Tit, 2 Firecrests, some Woodlarks, 1 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker calling, 1 Red-backed Shrike, 1 Black Woodpecker, 1 Skylark, a Buzzard and one hunting Sparrowhawk.
Photos above (from top to bottom): Wheatear (2), Pied Flycatcher (2), Spotted Flycatcher (3), Spotted Flycatcher & Redstart (1), Redstart (2).

Then at mid-morning a quick visit to the cliffs of M.Grisa - Kontovel (TS) resulted in the "mega" of the day: at 11.34 am a stunning BLACK STORK arrived in flight from below and rised up in a deep soar. It circled for a while and then headed eastwards (on the Karst plateau) overflying my head just few meteres above me (see the pics below).
Also here some passing-by Crossbills, a Rock Bunting, three Red Squirrels and two Roe Deers.