Saturday, 7 April 2012
If the migrants don't come to your garden, you'll have to go to the migrants. Well this is more or less what I did this afternoon: I went to the Lisert wetland. The sky remained overcast for the whole day and there was a south wind (quite strong in the evening).
There were a lot of migrants around, so I concentrated to the bushes, hedges and reedbed areas. All in all a quite good yield with plenty of "firsts-of-the-year": 10 Alpine Swifts, lots of Swallows, 2 House Martins, several Common Swifts, 3 SUBALPINE WARBLERS (all males, showing very well - the firsts this year), 3 Marsh Harriers (incl. local pair), 3 COMMON WHITETHROATS (males - firsts of the year), 8 Northern Wheatears (3 m & 5 f), 2-3 Chiffchaffs, several Blackcaps, about 7 SEDGE WARBLERS (singing in the reedbeds all around), 5 Lesser Whitethroats, 1 Snipe, 2 Robins, Little Ringed Plover (heard), 5 Common Terns (on Timavo's estuary), 6 Greenshank, 1 Shelduck, 2 Gadwalls, 10 Great Egrets, 2 Common Sandpipers, 3 Spotted Redshanks, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Black-necked Grebes (on the sea), 4 male Common Eiders (in front of Duino), 4 Nightingales (2 singing, 2 calling), 3 Black Redstarts, 1 Whimbrel (on the mudflats of Porto Romano), 1 Song Thrush, 1 GREAT REED WARBLER (singing from the reedbed - first of the year), 1 WRYNECK (extremely confident, showing well and close in a blackberry bush - VIDEO HERE), Yellow Wagtail (heard).
Photos above (top to bottom): Subalpine Warbler (2x), Wryneck (2x), Wheatear (2x), Sedge Warbler.