Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Cirl Buntings on the lawn

Local patch: this morning we woke up once again in a snow-covered scenery. As soon as I put out the mixed seeds on the lawn, a gorgeous male Cirl Bunting came down to feed! The male bird visited the lawn several times during the day, usually feeding on the smaller seeds (see above). Here a video of the bird is available. In the afternoon also a female/1st w. appeared (last pic above), but actually a flock of about 5 birds was roving around the neighbourhood for the whole day.
There was some nice hard-weather movement (as usual when it snows) and also this time some WOODLARKS were seen flying over the gardens (up to 4 birds, not many more). An unusual sighting for the area were also 3 Ravens flying over the lower part of Barcola, heading towards Trieste. Other birds of interest in and around the garden included: Marsh Tit (1 heard), 1 male Greenfinch, 1 Grey Wagtail (flew overhead), 1 Coal Tit, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Hawfinches, 1 Dunnock (see pics) and 1 Starling on the lawn. As usual, the commoner birds at the feeding station included House Sparrows, Chaffinches, plus Great and Blue Tits and a few Robins.
Dunnock
On the sea 2 Great Crested Grebes. The other day also 2 Black-necked Grebes in the same area.