This afternoon I was also leading a small group of birders from a birdwatching course at Isola della Cona NR. The area was not particularly full of birds, but there were some nice spring arrivals like 6 WHITE-WINGED TERNS, 1 singing Cuckoo, +4 Whinchats, 1 Scops Owl (calling in complete daylight), 6 Wood Warblers, 5 Willow Warblers, 1 Great Reed Warbler. Other notable waterbirds included: 7 Garganeys, 5 Pygmy Cormorants, 4 Night Herons, 1 Purple Heron, 1 Cattle Egret, 5 Spoonbills, loads of Black-winged Stilts, 6 Little Ringed Plovers, Lapwing, 2 Temminck's Stints, 5 Little Stints, Wood & Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Redshanks, 1 Greenshank, 10 Black-tailed Godwits, 1 Curlew, 50-60 Ruffs. Other migrant passerines included several Sand Martins, Yellow Wagtails, Nightingales, Blackaps and 1 Lesser Whitethroat.
Yesterday I checked some meadows on the Karst for wildflowers:
My first Orchis morio this spring