Saturday, 20 April 2013

Spring on

Local patch: two migrant Whinchats (male and female) were present in the garden today (see above). Also mixed flock of +100 birds including House Martins, Swallows, Common and Alpine Swifts circling over the cliffs.

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

Pulsatilla montana

Narcissus poeticus

 Potentilla australis