Monday, 10 September 2012

Up on the cliffs

Local patch: after some months of absence, this morning I made a short visit to the cliffs. One of the first birds I saw there was a nice ICTERINE WARBLER in the small trees along the path. It showed pretty well and allowed good views of the whitish wing-panel, long primary projection and grey legs. Excellent find!
After that I positioned myself in a good place to see the whole area well and waited a some time. Raptors started to appear over the horizon and I was soon watching 4 Common Buzzards, 1 Sparrowhawk and best of all a PEREGRINE (probably a juvenile). Later also a Goshawk appeared high above Kontovel. Just before leaving the area I spotted a very high-flying Marsh Harrier (male), heading south (pic above).
Passerine vis-mig movement was slower than expected. However I managed to see 1 Siskin passing by, 1 Tree Pipit and one or two MEADOW PIPITS (first autumn sighting in the patch). Some small mixed flocks of House Martins and Swallows went past as well. Alpine Swifts are still present in the area, although I didn't find any Blue Rock Thrushes. Otherwise the usual mix of birds was present like Coal, Marsh and Crested Tits, Rock Bunting ect.