Originally Posted by wolfbirder
... Oh for something exciting! Still, I do enjoy the short ten minute walk.
... I know that feeling, but I tell myself that there's always tomorrow! I do enjoy my walks too, and today's was pretty productive. Today and tomorrow are EBN Italy's "Big Day in Lockdown", a team birding contest. The Big Day is held every year with three-people teams from the same province, with sightings restricted to the same province. This year people do the same only each one from home, so it pays to have team members in different habitats. There was no one else in our province so we were allowed to team up with two birders in the Florence area.
Let's see what happens!
The day started very well, with a Hoopoe
calling close by and a pair of Great Spotted Woodpeckers
chasing each other on the trees right in front of our kitchen window. Swifts
and a few House Martins above, Blackbirds, Tree Sparrows
and Collared Doves
around and a Cuckoo
calling too. Also heard Great Tit, Coal Tit, Chaffinch and Firecrest
. A male Common Redstart
flew across the window and its cousin Black Redstart
sung from the roof at the back. A brief walk around the block produced Blue Tit, Greenfinch, Blackcap, Nuthatch, Magpie, Jay, Starling, Robin
and two unexpected species: Long-tailed Tit
(seen only once last month) and Cirl Bunting
, seen/heard on my drives to my mum’s but never in town, so an addition to my lockdown list.
G also heard Bee-eaters
and saw a Hobby
, but it was out of town so it doesn’t count.