Sunday, 22 January 2012

Sibe Chiff, Lesser White-fronts and Tundras

I attended a mid sized twitch today for a Pallas's Leaf Warbler near Treviso, but dipped miserably. Not to mention that the bird was refound in the afternoon, when we already left the site!
In the area there was a Siberian Chiffchaff that we all enjoyed well though. It continued to give the characteristic "sad" call for the whole morning and gave nice close-by views. Plenty of other Common Chiffchaffs around too.
In the afternoon we got some kind of consolation at Isola della Cona reserve with the geese. After scanning the large flock of White-fronts (cca.800 on the fields) we could spot 6 Tundra Bean Geese and later also the four LESSER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE (see pic above - size comparison between White-fronts and Lesser White-fronts).
Two male Hen Harriers were also nice to see, hunting on the saltwater marsh. There were good numbers of Pochard and Tufted Duck too, plus also the usual common ducks. A flock of about 30 displaying Goldeneyes was on the river Isonzo - one female also in the freshwater.