Wednesday, 10 August 2011

First wave of small migrants

Sunny, clear and quite fresh morning spent at Isola della Cona, checking the area for migrants. Finally the first passerines in the form of: 1 GARDEN WARBLER (actually a year-tick), lots of Nightingales, 3 Great Reed Warblers, 1-2 female PIED FLYCATCHERS, 2-3 Blackcaps and a very handsome WOOD WARBLER. All these birds more or less on the same tree... and in the good company of the young Melodious Warblers (from the resident pair maybe?), 2-3 juvenile Red-backed Shrikes and 3 Cetti's Warblers (showing pretty well).

Other birds included: Little Ringed Plover (heard only), lots of Wood Sandpipers, Lapwing, 4 juv. Avocets, few remaining Black-winged Stilts, 1 Green Sandpiper, 26 Little Stints, 4 Temminck's Stints, 3 juv Ringed Plovers, 2 Snipes, 2 female Garganeys, 1 Spoonbill, 3 DUNLINS (summer plumage), several eclipse Gadwalls, 2 Med Gulls (2nd winter and juv), 1 male Honey Buzzard (light morph; over the marsh), 1 Ruff, 2 Common Sandpipers, 1 Yellow Wagtail and a few Bee-eaters still hanging around. Later in the poplar wood by the river Isonzo I heard a calling LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER.

Quick stop in the Doberdob lake NR yielded some Bee-eaters perching on the wires and 2 juv. Hobbies circling in the sky.

The lovely Wood Warbler above was taken by Igor Maiorano, few years ago on the island of Pantelleria.