|Male Bullfinch Pyrrhula pyrrhula
|Views on the snow-covered countryside. Mt. Nanos in the last pic.
|Scots Pine Pinus sylvestris with snow.
|The characteristic wind+snow effect on a beech tree Fagus sylvatica, caused by our local and particularly strong north-east wind burja (bora in Italian).
The only other signs of presence of wildlife in the woodlands were the many tracks left by Red Fox Vulpes vulpes, Roe Deer Capreolus capreolus & Red Deer Cervus elaphus, rodents, Brown Hare Lepus europaeus and some unidentified cat Felis sp. and dog Canis sp. Here and there also a lonely Fieldfare Turdus pilaris, especially around the villages.
|Crossroad of different paths, including Red Fox, Red and Roe Deer.
Later last week I also spent a few hours in the fields of Terranova (Staranzano, Italy), scanning the flocks of White-fronted Geese Anser albifrons in the hope of finding at least one of the 3 Lesser White-fronted Geese Anser erythropus, present there this winter. The quest was really hard, and at the end I failed, but instead I saw a Tundra Bean Goose Anser fabalis rossicus and a flock of +30 Golden Plovers Pluvialis apricaria. A quick check of Valle Cavanata produced also a large flock of +200 Flamingos Phoenicopterus roseus, all tightly packed together, sheltering from the wind. Quite interesting was also the presence of 19 Spoonbills Platalea leucorodia.