Friday, 12 July 2013


Today early in the afternoon news about a Pectoral Sandpiper broke out. The bird was found in the morning at the Valle Canal Novo nature reserve near Marano Lagunare (NE Italy). I already missed that species back in 2007 (when one was at Isola della Cona) and I've been waiting a melanotos for ages. I just couldn't afford to miss a second opportunity. I arrived about 15 minutes before the closing time at the reserve and as I entered the main hide, one of the first birds I saw was the PECTORAL SANDPIPER! The bird was feeding some 10 metres away from the hide on a patch of mud, together with several Common and Wood Sandpipers, Little Ringed Plovers and Common Redshanks. It showed well for pretty much the whole time I was there and I enjoyed great views of it (pics above). I also made a short video - see here (sorry for that usual black dot). After 20 minutes I left the hide and managed to get out of the reserve in time (before getting locked in).The piece of marsh I viewed from the hide was actually full of life and waders. There were lots of Black-winged Stilts, Spotted Redshanks, Lapwings, Common Terns, 2 Ruffs and a few Greenshanks. A singing Fan-tailed Warbler was the non-wader highlight.
To round up the afternoon, I also saw a Hobby circling above Marano Lagunare and in a piece of suburban reedbed I managed to see 2 Marsh Harriers, 1 Purple and 4 Night Herons, 1 Pygmy Cormorant and several other commoner species.

Local patch: on Tuesday evening I managed to hear a flying NIGHT HERON (calling over the house), which was the 3rd record for this species in my patch. Highlights from the past few days also included a singing Nightjar (heard) and Golden Oriole on a daily basis.

I also have quite interesting news about the Cornino lake NR in the Alps which is now hosting some megas: an adult Egyptian Vulture and 3 Black Vultures are present at the feeding station, along with the usual Griffons. I was told there's also a Red Kite around, which is probably attracted by the mass of Black Kites usually present on site.
Next week I may go for a visit...