Saturday, 4 September 2010

Wader-party with Red Knot & Red-necked Phalarope

This afternoon at Isola della Cona (GO) the RED-NECKED PHALAROPE was still present, remaining always in the same area of the wetland. The other most interesting bird was a juvenile RED KNOT in the inner marsh that flew away after a short time.
Nice numbers of waders around including:
17 Little Ringed Plovers
7 Ringed Plovers
1-2 Temminck's Stints
7 Little Stints
Green Sandpiper
Wood Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper

Spotted Redshank

Greenshank

Snipe
2-3 Ruffs
Plus the usual menu including (Pygmy Cormorant, Purple Heron...), a nice Water Rail, a surpising male Common Pochard (in the inner marsh), few (the last) Bee-eaters, tons of White Wagtails with several Yellow Wagtails (both cinereocapilla and flava ssp.) and two Northern Wheatears (male and female).
A Red Fox made its appearence in the marsh among the wildfowl...looking for a meal.
Red Knot:

Red-necked Phalarope:

Ringed Plover:

Little Ringed Plover:

Red Fox...and mixed wildfowl: