Sunday, 15 May 2011

Late migrants and hot breeding

The last days at the JBO produced nice numbers of birds with good species richness. Today's totals (15/05) included 172 birds of 20 species: 18 Olive-tree Warblers (!), 15 Thrush Nightinales, Little Bittern and others. Most of the resident females have brood patches; numbers of nestlings increase by the day - Blackbirds, Great Tits, Spectacled Bulbuls, Sardinian Warblers, Greenfinches and House Sparrows are abundant.
On Friday (13/05) at Tzoraa valley I had 95 birds, including late Garden Warblers and Blackcaps, and many breeding species: Reed, Clamorous Reed, Eastern Olivaceous and Cetti's Warblers, all with brood patches or 'active' Cloaca. I am waiting for their babies.

Red-backed Shrike

Thrush Nightinale

Masked Shrike

Sardinian Warbler - nestling

Little Bittern - female