|Ortolan Bunting Emberiza hortulana - male carrying food to the nest|
Meanwhile the pair of Golden Eagles is doing well. A chicken-sized juvenile is now sitting on the nest, while the parents are usually seen cruising around the grasslands, occasionally also sitting on the nearby rocks.
|Adult Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos perched and in flight|
Otherwise lots of Hoopoes (up to 8) which are frequently flushed from the road. Also of note were Hobby (1 mobbing the eagles), Subalpine Warbler (1 singing), Tawny Pipit (2), Turtle Dove, Crossbill and a male Honey Buzzard displaying in the air (wing clapping).
The most welcome news is that of the breeding of LITTLE TERN in the brackish lagoon. This year the species is breeding again after many years of absence on the site. Today I saw the pair: one bird sitting on the nest, the other fishing nearby.
The tall reeds are now covering much of the freshwater marsh, so viewing is quite difficult. From the depths of the Phragmites stands there are literally tens and tens of singing Great Reed and Reed Warblers as usual in this season. Perhaps the most interesting are Little Bitterns (4 today) giving brief flight views as they fly from one patch of reed to the other. Also a few passage waders in the form of Common and Wood Sandpiper and Lapwing - not really common at this time of year. Breeding birds also include several pairs of Little Ringed Plover and Yellow Wagtail (cinereocapilla) in the lagoon.