Tuesday, 19 July 2011
Gull-billed Terns & waders havoc!
Quite a lot of wader movement this afternoon at Isola della Cona NR. The water level in the freshwater marsh is low, so there's plenty of mud and shallow water. The highlight though was not a wader, but 2 nice GULL-BILLED TERNS. Both sitting on the ground within a flock of Black-headed Gulls (pics above). Often taking off and calling, then landing again. One also caught a frog and tried to eat it in peace, but was being constantly mobbed by gulls.
Let's go to the waders now, here are the numbers: 2 juv. AVOCETS (actually reported 18, but I managed to get just 2), Black-winged Stilts with chicks, 7 Curlew Sandpipers (all in rusty plumage), 30-40 Little Ringed Plovers, 2 juv. Common Redshanks, +50 Wood Sandpipers, 8 Temminck's Stints, +17 Little Stints (mainly in rusty plumage), 40 Spotted Redshanks, 2 Black-tailed Godwits (ad and juv), 18 Ruffs, 2 Green Sandpipers, 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Dunlins (all summer plumage) and 1 Greenshank.
Other birds included 2-3 Melodious Warblers, Great Reed and Eurasian Reed Warblers, several Bee-eaters (still at the local colony), Golden Oriole, 3 Mediterranean Gulls (among the Bh Gulls and Gull-billed Terns), 1 Kingfisher, 1 Spoonbill, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 female Little Bittern in flight and the odd Sacred Ibis.
Very poor images today, due to bad light and heat haze
Little Stints & Curlew Sand: