Saturday, 11 December 2010
My first "Ringtail" of the season
Isola della Cona this morning produced: 5-6 White-fronted Geese, 1 female Pintail, 2 Goldeneye, 2-3 Red-breasted Mergansers, at least 7 Black-throated Divers, Black-necked Grebe, Marsh Harrier, 1 stunning male HEN HARRIER over the marsh, a hundred Lapwings, 2-3 Spotted Redshanks, Curlew, 4 Snipes, 1 Firecrest, some Penduline Tits heard, Brambling - only heard several times.
An afternoon stop at Miramare resulted in 2 Black-throated Divers on the sea, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 RED-NECKED GREBE (above), 1 Cormorant, 1 Common Gull among the numerous Black-headed and Yellow-legged Gulls.
The Hen Harrier pictured above is from last winter.