Saturday, 20 November 2010
The "Bull of the Mire" finally ...and some other delights
Latest sightings from today's birding on the Adriatic coast:
Valle Cavanata (GO): 15-20 Pintails, 150-200 Pochards (both males and females), 1 female FERRUGINOUS DUCK (among Pochards), 2 Tufted Ducks, 1-2 Goldeneyes at sea, Red-breasted Merganser, 1 RED-THROATED DIVER on the sea, several Black-necked Grebes, Pygmy Cormorant, 1 Marsh Harrier, Sparrowhawk, Water Rail, Lapwing, 20-25 Dunlins in flock on the rocks by the sea, 1 REDSHANK on the muddy beach, Greenshank, about a hundred Curlews on the rocks by the sea, several Sandwich Terns, Reed Bunting.
At Lisert (GO) of interest a stunning BITTERN showing very well at the reedbed margin - first of the year (see pics above), Black-necked Grebes, 1 female Red-breasted Merganser and an Alpine Chamois seen from Lisert on the mount Grmada (TS).
From the Rilke path (Duino - TS) a nice male PEREGRINE flying past, 2 Black-throated Divers on the sea, along with a Red-necked Grebe and at least 59-60 Common Eiders in front of Duino.
female Ferruginous Duck:
And here a pic of a Ural Owl, found in the town of Gorizia few days ago. It probably hit a building (mobbed by crows) and was rescued by some people. Now it's under the care of some vets and will be released as soon as it will be in the conditions to fly again: