|My first Yellow-browed Warbler Phylloscopus inornatus|
On Wednesday I took my new camera out on a twitch. The first proper bird it took a picture of was a YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER Phylloscopus inornatus
which I went to see at Isola della Cona (Italy). On arrival there were no other people around and I almost immediately found the bird feeding on a low willow (Salix
) tree. All around it where tens of other Chiffchaffs Phylloscopus collybita
and some Goldcrests Regulus regulus
all feeding frenetically in the bushes. After about half an hour of very good (and close) views it became more furtive. As a small crowd of people assembled it gave just occasional and brief views. Later the local ringer decided to catch the bird, so we put up the mist nets and after a few hours of tactical waiting the Yellow-browed Warbler finally got caught! Nice to have a tiny creature from Siberia in the hands.
|Siberian waif in the hand|
|Checking the ID...|
|...and the wing formula|
This was btw the first Yellow-browed Warbler for Isola della Cona nature reserve, so everyone on site was very happy.
Apart from the main target of the twitch I saw an Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta
from the bar and 4 overflying Swallows Hirundo rustica
. I didn't even bother too much to check the area from the main hide. I don't like smelly wetlands full of people anymore.
Other birds of note earlier this week included a PALLID SWIFT Apus pallidus
over my house and a Great Grey Shrike Lanius excubitor
at Škocjanski zatok. Also quite a lot of late-autumn movement in the form of Song Thrushes Turdus philomelos
everywhere, Bramblings Fringilla montifringilla
& Siskins Carduelis spinus
going overhead and so on. A Whinchat Saxicola rubetra
and a few Reed/Marsh Warblers Acrocephalus scirpaceus/palustris
at Škocjanski zatok were the only remaining summer migrants, along with the Swallows.