Saturday, 5 November 2011

Woodcock time has arrived

Local patch: still quite grim today, with a very light south-easterly blowing from the sea and bringing even more wet weather. I spent some time at Miramare, trying to see some sort of seabirds. Only 2 Sandwich Terns flew past, along with several Red Admirals (over the sea) and a single Water Pipit.
In the garden a calling Wren was of note, along with Long-tailed Tits and 250-300 Starlings flying around.

Early afternoon was spent at the Lisert wetland with a friend, were a singing (sort of) Moustached Warbler was the highlight. Just heard...this time it didn't want to show. Otherwise lots of Penduline Tits in the reeds, several Water Rails, 1 Lapwing, 15 Curlews, Common Sandpiper, Water Pipit, 1 Goshawk hunting over the reedbed (later it headed NE) and 2 Black Woodpeckers in flight over the poplar wood, calling loudly to each other.

The top highlight came at dusk, when a WOODCOCK flew over our heads as we were leaving the Doberdob lake area (almost dark). It probably arrived from the poplar trees and headed straight towards the village of Doberdob, overflying the karstic heathland. Year-tick and thus a first of the season!
Other birds present around the lake included: 1 showy and very vocal female Grey-headed Woodpecker, 1 Meadow Pipit, Siskins (overhead), 4 singing Water Rails, Reed Bunting and some Teals (heard only). No sign of the Great Grey Shrike on the open heathland...
Above pic by RSPB