Sunday, 4 December 2011

Slavonians in the fog

Speaking about the weather, today was a real crap! The kind of very wet, late-autumn day with thick fog. In the morning I attended a small guided trip to the Lisert wetland (Monfalcone - GO) and despite the poor visibility, our group managed to see quite a few good species. Top birds of the day were two SLAVONIAN GREBES (my firsts for this season) swimming very close to shore - viewed from the concrete quay. We were actually lucky to have them so close; otherwise they would be impossible to spot farther out at sea. The above photo is the only one I managed to get today.
Other birds around included: 14 Greylag Geese (flying overhead), White-fronted Goose (only heard, probably not many birds), 1 Shoveler, several Teals feeding on the exposed mudflats, 2 female Red-breasted Mergansers, 2 Red-throated Divers (one on the Timavo's estuary), 2 Black-throated Divers, 5-8 Black-necked Grebes, several Great Crested Grebes, 1 female Marsh Harrier, 1 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Water Rail showing well at the edge of the reedbed (feeding on exposed patch of mud), Common Sandpiper, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Greenshank, lots of Curlews and Snipes, 1 Lapwing (flew past), 2 Sandwich Terns, Water and Meadow Pipits, nice flock of 10-15 Penduline Tits ("pulled out" of the reedbed with the pishing), 1 Rock Bunting and lots of Reed Buntings.

Local patch: the two Red-throated Divers are still present around Kontovel's dock, swimming just metres away from the passing people on the shore. Also a Kingfisher with prey at Miramare.