Friday, 22 July 2011
...actually I'm not sure it's a lady. Anyway this afternoon was spent at Isola della Cona (again!) and this RED FOX proved to be one of the main attractions. Showing very well as you can see; just in front of the main hide on the freshwater marsh.
Overall few waders today and no sign of the two Gull--billed Terns. Numbers are as follows: 1 male Little Bittern, +8 Night Herons, 2 Purple Herons, 2 Marsh Harriers (including one all-dark juvenile), 1 female Honey Buzzard over the marsh, 1 OYSTERCATCHER in flight above the mudflats (also calling), 3 juv. Avocets, Black-winged Stilt, lots of Little Ringed Plovers, several Lapwings, 7 Curlew Sandpipers, 4 Temminck's Stints, approx 40 Little Stints, Wood Sandpiper (not many), 8 Green Sandpipers, few Spotted Redshanks, 4 Greenshanks, Curlews on the mudflats, 7-8 Ruffs, 3 Kingfishers + usual Bee-eaters, 1 Sand Martin, 1 Yellow Wagtail and a pair of Red-backed Shrikes.