Saturday, 22 October 2011

Vis migging with PALLID SWIFT & Yelkouans

Local patch: the morning started very well with a patch-tick directly from my window. Quite unexpectedly a PALLID SWIFT drifted past, blown away in the strong wind (heading NW) just over the coast. I spotted it with bins only, as it was so quick that by the time I got the scope, it was gone. There were several reports of Pallids in the last weeks from the city of Trieste. Including flocks of up to 40 birds! Surely it was one of the next new birds to be expected in the patch. List number so far: 145 species!
As the morning seemed quite good for vis-migging I decided to go down to Miramare and have a look at the sea (properly). After a bit of scanning, the first passerines appeared over the sea, flying inland (wind-blown, like last Sunday). Here the totals: 13 Skylarks, 3 White Wagtails, 9 Water Pipits, 2 Serins, 30-35 Chaffinches, 2 Linnets, flock of about 45 Woodpigeons (flying higher in the sky, heading NW), some Dunnocks (also came from the sea), 1 Greenfinch, 1 female HEN HARRIER (pics above and below) and 1 Grey Wagtail.
After nearly two hours of scanning, finally also the YELKOUAN SHEARWATERS appeared. A double flock: approx 50 birds flying east (very far) and 30 birds flying in the same direction, quite closer. They passed by almost at the same time.
Local birds included 1 Kingfisher and 2 Sandwich Terns.
Ringtail Hen Harrier coming inland (above is the same bird with the city of Trieste in the background):

Still very crappy photo of the Yelkouans:

At dusk 2 Song Thrushes flew over the garden, a female Black Redstart was on the roof and a female Blackcap was also around. A Serin flew over the garden too this morning.