Saturday, 9 March 2013

Winter leftovers

Local patch: not much serious birding in the last days (mainly due to rainy weather and fog) but a couple of good birds were around though: 1 Red-throated Diver, a pair of Red-breasted Mergansers (male above), 1 Kingfisher on the quay (always good to see in the patch), 2 Cormorants, 1 Black-necked and 4 Great Crested Grebes (breeding plumage) and a mixed flock of +100 Black-headed and about 16 Common Gulls. There seemed to be no flocks of wildfowl on the sea and early migration has now stopped with the bad weather.
Yesterday I also caught a glimpse of a compact flock of 250-300 Starlings flying NW. Unusual to see such a big flock in this season. The other day a very nice bird for the garden was a female Firecrest, feeding on one of the cypresses. One or two Coal Tits are still present in the garden (at the feeders) along with Dunnock and decreasing numbers of Chaffinches.