Monday, 11 April 2011
First migrant Sylvia warblers
Nice and warm sunny morning spent at "Campo Carri" of Bani/Banne (TS) with some new spring arrivals. Blackcaps were perhaps the most numeros (both males anf females). In a flowering bush the highlight was a cracking male SUBALPINE WARBLER (frequently singing some notes) along with a female COMMON WHITETHROAT (on the same bush). On the another hedge an adult LESSER WHITETHROAT was also showing well and occasionally giving its song. In the bushy area also the first singing NIGHTINGALE of the year was of note. While scoping quite far over the horizon, I could spot a PEREGRINE soaring above Col (TS). Other birds in the area included: 1 Serin, 1 singing Black Redstart, Marsh Tit, a pair of Hawfinches, Chiffchaff, Common Swifts in flock, several singing Woodlarks, 1 Wren, 2-3 singing Mistle Thrushes, 6 Buzzards. Nice variety of butterflies including: several ORANGE TIPS (both sexes), Scarce Swallowtail, Brimstone and 1 Nettle-tree Butterfly.
Pics above: Subalpine Warbler (first), Narcissus poeticus (second) and Orchis morio (third).