Spring Birding

Mute swans have arrived at Cervia salt pans! Apparently, they had never been spotted in that area, if not sporadically. Yesterday we counted four of them. Besides these majestic waterfowls we saw and photographed a variety of birds: herring gull, flamingo, pied avocet, tern, spotted redshank, kentish plover, robin, coot, moor hen, northern shoveler, cormorant, great white heron, grey heron, little egret, kestrel, starling and stork. It was definitely a good day.

We spotted three species yesterday for the first time: stonechat, great spotted woodpecker and cattle egret.

A kingfisher also popped up, had no qualms in taking a stand on the recent debate which involved the fallow deer in the nearby Classe pinewood: oddly enough, it perched right on the “no hunting” sign at the base of the turret erected some time ago to enable the cullers to shoot down the animals.

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