Sunday, 11 September 2011

Bluethroat in the hand

A bit of a social event today as I was attending a meeting of the local ornithologist's organization - Astore-FVG. We had a short ringing session in the morning, in the area of Terranova near Grado, mainly for educational purposes. With the strong influx of Bluethroats going on in the last days, it was predictable we would caught some. And in fact 3 birds got into the mist nets, giving the opportunity to see them quite well in the hand. I arrived a bit late in the morning at the place, so I just got in time to see the last remaining Bluethroat. Not a very impressive bird though - no blue at all on the throat (see pic above). I was used to see a bit prettier birds in the last weeks! Other birds caught in the nets included: mainly Reed Warblers, a few Marsh Warblers, 1 Cetti's Warbler and a Tree Sparrow.
Late in the afternoon, on the way back home, Isola della Cona NR held: big mixed flocks of White and Yellow Wagtails, 1 Nightingale in the hedges, Common Sandpiper, 10 Greenshanks, 4 Green Sandpipers, 23 Snipes, a total of 87 Spotted Redshanks (the majority arrived at dusk), 1 juv Black-winged Stilt still hanging around (!!), 6 Little Stints, 1 Temminck's Stint, 7 Little Ringed Plovers, 3 female Pintails, lots of Wigeons and Teals (numbers building up), several Gadwalls, 1 single Sand Martin (flew past), 1 Garden Warbler (just one!), 1 Lesser Whitethroat in the bushes, some GREY PLOVERS heard calling on the mudflats, 1 Pygmy Cormorant, 2 imm Night Herons and... the usual Red Fox trying to hunt a Moorhen.
Wood Sandpipers:

Foxy lady:

Local patch: this morning a quite unseasonable Robin was singing in the nearby wood.