Saturday, 16 November 2013

SNOW BUNTINGS!

Finally, after the recent very bleak birding, a stunner to make everything shine once again. This morning I had the pleasure to get scope-filling views of 2 SNOW BUNTINGS (above). Three birds were discovered yesterday by a friend of mine, so I was asked to keep the location secret for now. Today early in the morning I only saw two of them, feeding together on some gravelly terrain, covered with short vegetation. They hardly moved around during the time I watched them (40 minutes) and remained in full view at about 3-4 metres away from my feet! Tame and fearless, as a real tundra bird should be!

Today I also saw my first Red-throated Diver of the season, along with good numbers of Red-breasted Mergansers, Great Crested and Black-necked Grebes on the sea.
A quick check of patch waters in the bay of Grignano revealed a Black-throated Diver (also a season's first), a Red-necked Grebe, a female Red-breasted Merganser and a Kingfisher.