Sunday, 31 July 2011

July movement continues

Spent most of the day birding the coastal wetlands. A morning stop at the Doberdob lake NR area revealed a nice flock of 20-30 Bee-eaters sitting on the wires (migrants 100%!). Other highlights there included 3 calling Sardinian Warblers, 1 Rock Bunting, 2 Red-backed Shrikes and lots of calling Nightingales (in every bush).
Lisert wetland followed, with the highlight there being: 1 female PIED FLYCATCHER (my earliest autumn record of the species!), Common Sandpiper, HOBBY calling (3 birds at least - local family), 1 WHIMBREL in the brackish pool, 4 Common Eiders offshore and Sandwich & Common Terns.
Midday and early afternoon at Isola della Cona and the nearby low-tide beach of Punta Barene (Staranzano). Still plenty of waders and usual wetland stuff: Garganey (females), 2 Little Bitterns (m and f), Night Heron, 2 Purple Herons, 2 juv. Spoonbills, 1 singing Water Rail (!), 6 OYSTERCATCHER on the mudflats of P.Barene, 6 AVOCETS in the freshwater marsh, Black-winged Stilt (probably the last ones before departure), juv.Little Ringed Plovers, 45 Lapwings, 3 Curlew Sandpipers, +36 Little Stints, Wood Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Common Redshanks, Greenshank, Spotted Redshank, 4 MARSH SANDPIPERS (in the freshwater marsh), +300 Curlews and +10 WHIMBRELS on the mudflats of P.Barene and Foce Isonzo, then 3 Snipes, 5-8 Ruffs, 3 Mediterranean Gulls, 3 ad GULL-BILLED TERNS (usual place among Bh Gulls in the freshwater marsh), Bee-eater, Sand Martin, 1 Yellow Wagtail, Nightingale, Reed and GR Warbler, 1 Melodious Warbler, Golden Oriole. Also 2 Roe Deers in the freshwater marsh and 2-3 Lesser Purple Emperors along the path.
An overall pretty good day!
Photos above (from top): Avocets (2x), the three Gull-billed Terns, and two different Marsh Sandpipers (2x).