|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.