Wednesday, 2 May 2012
Exciting raptor mix
I visited Magredi del Meduna (Pordenone) and nearby areas this morning hoping to see a reported Lesser Kestrel. This is a good area for the species on migration and several birds can be seen in spring. I had no luck with these, but lots of other interesting raptors were around. For a start I had my first MONTAGU'S HARRIER this year (beautiful male hunting over the grassland, followed by a female later). Then some Black Kites appeared and I realised there were about 15-20 around a local rubbish dump. Top raptor of the day was a GOLDEN EAGLE (imm/subadult) being mobbed by several noisy Black Kites.
When checking the many Kestrels on the grassland area of Dandolo I also spotted several RED-FOOTED FALCONS - about 4 or 5 birds in total; all being females except one.
A nice addition to the raptor day-list was a PEREGRINE flying by with a prey in the talons.
Spring is usually the best time to visit this area and today there were some common summer migrants around as well: 3-5 Red-backed Shrikes, 2 Common Whitethroats, Skylarks everywhere, 2-3 Lapwings (on the nests), several Whinchats, 2 singing COMMON QUAIL (the firsts this year), Corn Bunting, Yellow Wagtail, 1 Tawny Pipit (flying past), 2 Golden Orioles, 1 Stonechat. Two interesting resident birds included also Italian Sparrow (I seldom see these birds around Trieste) and CARRION CROW (rare bird here).
Golden Eagle having some fun with the kites (see also top of the post):