Monday, 2 May 2011
Patch-tick and spring on the cliffs
Got some first of the year in the afternoon on the karstic ridge of Mount Grisa. To start well: a pair of HONEY BUZZARDS (a dark and a black morph bird together!) and later the first singing GOLDEN ORIOLE followed. As always a nice movement of Alpine and Common Swifts, sometimes flying very low (just a metre above my head!) and few Swallows + 1 House Martin. On the cliffs also the 2 singing Blue Rock Thrushes (one showing pretty well) and a singing Rock Bunting. In the nearby broadleaved woods Wood Warblers galore. At 18.12 pm a nice mixed flock of 12 Grey Herons and 4 PURPLE HERONS flew overhead, heading north-eastwards. Also a nice Dalmatian Algyroides was sunbathing on the rocks.
Above: Honey Buzzard (top), Blue Rock Thrush with Trieste in the background (2nd and 3rd), Alpine Swifts (all the others)
Below: Grey and Purple Herons (first and second) and Dalmatian Algyroides (bottom)
Local patch: earlier in the afternoon I spotted a HOBBY flying very high above the patch, mixed within a large flock of Common Swifts and House Martins and few Alpine Swifts. It's the first time I see the species in the area.
In the morning I was surprised to hear a calling Robin in the nearby woodland - quite unseasonal here!