Friday, 7 June 2013

Evening in the marsh

Today late in the afternoon I finally spent some time back in the field. First I visited a dry scrubland area and then the Lisert wetland in the evening. The scrubs held two singing Sardinian Warblers (showing in flight) a few Melodious Warblers, several Woodlarks, 1 Cirl Bunting and an overflying Honey Buzzard.
At Lisert the highlight was a pair of RED-RUMPED SWALLOWS that is breeding in the same area as it did last year. The pair constructed a second igloo-nest which is now probably occupied by youngs.  
Soaring high above the swallows (and many House Martins) was a nice Hobby, while two more were also seen later.
The freshwater reservoir held 6 ducks in total: 2 male Ferruginous Ducks (last pic above), 2 Pochards (m & f) and 2 Tufted Ducks (m & f) all swimming along a nice breeding-plumaged Great Crested Grebe (2nd above). At sunset 4 Purple Herons flew over the reservoir and dropped down into a reedbed (1st above), while a nice female Golden Oriole was showing well up on a poplar tree. Other birds included a male Marsh Harrier flying past, 2 Sand Martins, singing Great Reed and Reed Warblers and a few Melodious Warblers here too.
Two female Roe Deers were grazing along the old railway line (below).
Roe Deers
Sunset at the freshwater reservoir