Saturday, February 27, 2010
With the full moon...
Full moon in Febuary sends maltese birders to a different location for seawatching in the northern most tip of Malta overlooking the channel between Malta and the two other islands Gozo and Comino, to watch migrating wild ducks. That's were we went today, arriving just too late for two flocks of Pintails. At first scanning the sea only produced cory's shearwaters until a flock of 25 Pintails were spotted. After a lot of circling around and settling on the sea they came rather close and we could identify a male shovler in amongst the rest. So two more duck species to my yearlist. Two Yelkouan shearwaters passed by low over the waves and an adult Med gull setlled on the rocks beneath us as another passed furhter out at sea.
Decided to take a walk in search of Hoopoe and Northern Wheatear of which the first individuals have arrived. We had no luck though. 9 Skylarks part of the small migration of this species today, as well as a song thrush and a singing Corn Bunting heard in the distance.
Popped into Ghadira before going home with very little about. Only my first Little ringed plover of the year was of note.
Posted by Martin