Sunday, 31 January 2010

Back to The Buzzard

Today with some friends I headed back to the ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD place. The bird (see pics above) was always there on the same fields between Marano and Muzzana (UD). This time it was quite diffident and not very approachable. On the same cultivated fields also two winter plumaged Golden Plovers (pic below), two Hen Harriers, some Skylarks, one Great Grey Shrike and a Linnet. In the nearby Villanova a flock of about 50 Rooks was feeding on a small field.

At the Aussa-Corno (UD) estuary at least 100-120 Greater Scaups were swimming in the small basin, along with some Tufted Ducks, plus a few Med Gulls.
Instead in the fields of Torviscosa (UD) only a Green Sandpiper, about 20 European Hares (pics below) and 150 Roe Deers.

Before returning home, a stop at Miramare produced ten Common Gulls and the usual female Grey Wagtail.

Common Gulls:

The stunning view on the Triestes' lighthouse with the mount Slavnik in the background

Friday, 29 January 2010

Lesser Black-back

On the sea at Miramare (TS) of interest a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL perching on a very distant buoy. Only one Common Gull and other usual sea species (inc. 4 Black-necked Grebes).

Thursday, 28 January 2010

Pond Skater!

In the afternoon I made a quick visit to the karstic doline (sinkhole) of Perčedol near Opicina (TS). The most interesting sight was perhaps an ice-skating man in the local pond! I don't know how thick the ice was, but I hope quite a bit, for him ;-)
A Black Woodpecker, was calling along with some very territorial Great Spotted Woodpeckers (drumming, flying around, chasing each least 7 different birds) and a Green Woodpecker. Other usual woodland birds included: Marsh Tit, Nuthatch, Short-toed Treecreeper, Goldcrest and one Hawfinch (feeding on Cedars' cones).

Wednesday, 27 January 2010

A superb Rough-legged Buzzard

Today I went to see a *ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD*, reported in the past days, just 40 minutes away from my home. The bird was on the fields between Marano Lagunare and Muzzana (UD), perching on some low trees and sometimes taking off. Seen and photographed very well (see pics below); also hovering and soaring above the car. In the surrounding fields also: Hen and Marsh Harrier, Merlin (1x f), Lapwing, Snipe, Mistle Thrush, Great Grey Shrike (1x), Linnet and several Roe Deers (about 100x!).

Rough-legged Buzzard (by DomenS):

On the way to Marano, two Alpine Chamoises were seen from the motorway (at Cave di Selz - GO) and a stop at Strassoldo-Palmanova (UD) produced about 40x Rooks (in the fields and around houses) - see here below:

Tuesday, 26 January 2010


Miramare Park (TS): 4 Common Gulls, 14 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Grey Wagtail (female), Goldfinch (flocks-20x), Goldcrest. By the way I explored some very nice places within the park, that seem perfect for summer and passage migrant species. I'll have to check regularly that area. And it could be a very good place as a local patch too!

Sunday, 24 January 2010

A very cold day

Birding today wasn't productive at all. The strong north-easterly wind was bringing freezing temperatures for the whole day and the sun appeared only at midday.
At Miramare of interest 9 Common Gulls (see pics) and the usual Black-headeds.

Yellow-legged Gull

Common Gull

Between Duino (TS) and Lisert (GO): some Common Eiders, Red-breasted Mergansers, some Greenshanks and one female Hen Harrier.
Then first at Terranova and then at Isola della Cona (GO):
White-fronted Goose (hundreds), Pochard (3 m + 1 f), Tufted Duck (1 m), Goldeneye (on the river Isonzo), Reef Egret (the usual one, but this time on the Quarantia canal), Hen Harrier (1 m), Green Sandpiper (2 at Terranova!), Snipe, Skylark (nice flocks at Terranova), Tree Sparrow (on the bird feeders at Isola della Cona), Greenfinch (at birdfeeder), Reed Bunting, Yellowhammer (1 bright yellow male landing on some low trees - nice record for the area). Very amazing to see a Moorhen on the birdfeeder, with Chaffinches at Isola della Cona!


Tree Sparrow

Roe Deer

Thursday, 21 January 2010


Local patch: What a surprise today in the local patch! A Red Admiral was flying around flowers in the garden... quite unexpected sighting at this time of year. However the last few days were quite sunny and windless.
By the way, I'm seeing a Wren every day, roving around the garden shed; probably in search of food or shelter. I wonder if that tiny bird is roosting somewhere inside that shed or in some holes nearby. I'll try to discover...
It doesn't seems, but spring is quite close to us... Blackbirds are singing with Great Tits, the Green Woodpeckers are becoming territorial and Nuthatches are heard almost every day from my patch.

Monday, 18 January 2010


An afternoon stroll on the Karst was the right idea for today's sunny weather. Apart from some Coal, Crested, Marsh Tits and Goldcrests on the Mount Stena (TS), a superb WALLCREEPER was the highlight of the day. First spotted in flight, coming towards me... it landed on some nearby cliffs. Basking in the late afternoon sun and at times feeding; it flew off after some minutes (a video here). Just before returning to the car, I spotted a female Peregrine sitting from atop a rock.

Some other shots of the Wallcreeper (by DomenS)

Sunday, 17 January 2010

Slavonian Grebe!

As I woke up I was a bit worried about the bad weather (it was snowing!), but despite the cold, birding was rewarding anyway. I spent the morning at Lisert (GO) where a stunning SLAVONIAN GREBE was showing well on the sea (quite close to shore) along with some Great Crested and Black-necked Grebes. On the sea also nine very far Black-throated Divers, some Red-breasted Mergansers two Common Eiders and one Med Gull. The inner marsh/lagoon/basin yielded a nice number of Pintails and Shovelers, plus some Curlews. In the surrounding area also: Marsh Harrier, Hen Harrier (both sexes), Woodlark (15x in flock feeding on the ground with Buntings), Water Pipit, Fan-tailed Warbler, Great Grey Shrike (one), plus mixed flocks of Chaffinches, Goldfinches, Siskins and Reed Buntings (some males with almost black head), one male Cirl Bunting and some Rock Buntings.

Some pics of the Slavonian Grebe (by DomenS):

And a Reed Bunting:

Saturday, 16 January 2010

A windy afternoon in the hide

Afternoon at Isola della Cona (GO) produced of interest: some White-fronted Geese, male and female Pochard, two females Goldeneye, male and female Hen Harrier, one juv. female Goshawk (flying past), one male Merlin (in low flight above the Quarantia canal) and about 8-10x Meadow Pipits in the low grassland.

Tuesday, 12 January 2010

...and an evening breeze coming from the east...

Glimpse afternoon sightings from Miramare-Grignano (TS): one Black-necked Grebe, one Great Crested Grebe, one Black-throated Diver flying northwards on the sea, some Cormorants and Shags, two Sandwich Terns and two Common Gulls among BH Gulls. Also the usual Kingfisher.

Sunday, 10 January 2010

An unexpected clear day

A bit of morning and early afternoon birding, today between Isola della Cona and Valle Cavanata (GO). Some interesting birds appeared as usual.
At Isola della Cona among White-fronted and Greylag Geese, there were also two Bean Geese. In the inner marsh a male Tufted Duck was swimming along with a female Goldeneye. Thanks to the heavy rainfalls of the past days, there were nice numbers of waders in the flooded fields, including: Curlew (about 100x birds or more), Lapwing, Common Sandpiper and two Redshanks. The few passerines included some Siskins, Water Pipits and some Reed Buntings.
Instead Valle Cavanata yielded: the usual female SMEW (within other diving ducks), Pochard (200x), some females Tufted Ducks and a nice hybrid POCHARD x FERRUGINOUS DUCK (see pic below). Then two Pygmy Cormorants flew over, a Black-throated Diver along the ducks, some Red-breasted Mergansers on the sea, a Greenshank and some Penduline Tits in the high bushes.

Hybrid Pochard x Ferruginous Duck; note the light-yellowish eye, brown-chestnut breast (not black), darker back and white under the tail.

Tufted Duck

BT Diver

Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Wind and rain

Local Patch: despite the bad weather, today there were good sightings too. First of all some WOODLARKS were overflying the gardens, in search of food, for the whole day. Especially in the morning some landed on the higher trees. The flock was composed of about ten birds or more. This species is probably flying south to search for food, due to the recent snowfalls on the Karst plateau.
The second interesting bird was a winter plumaged male BRAMBLING sitting on a branch just below one Woodlark, so I had both highlights in one scope view! (see pic below).
Then also: 6 Hawfinches flew past, a quite big flock of Siskins passed by (about 100 birds), a Blackcap, the usual Sparrowhawk, Dunnock and the first Chaffinch (female) coming to feed on my birdtable (see picture). Starlings were formong bigger flocks today (80 birds).
On the sea: 25 Great Crested Grebes, one Black-throated Diver and one Black-necked Grebe.


Woodlark (left) and Brambling (right)

Female Chaffinch at the birdtable

Monday, 4 January 2010

Snow strikes back

Today was a snowy day, so it was rather birdless. Only a bit of seawatching at Miramare and from home produced: three Sandwich Terns, two Black-necked Grebes, about 15 Great Crested Grebes, two Black-throated Divers (quite close to coast), one Kingfisher, and one Grey Wagtail. In the local patch super numbers of Black Redstarts on virginia creepers (many males too!).