Birding in Geneva - Report of the GOBG Excursion on 25.09.16

Participants looking at European Goldfinches (Carduelis carduelis)

Participants looking at European Goldfinches (Carduelis carduelis)

The weather for this beginning of fall was absolutely fantastic today. This day out with the GOBG started at the Réserve Naturelle de Laconnex. We only spotted a few birds while in the reserve, so we then walked along the fields of the area, and the morning ended being quite rich in nice sightings. 

Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus)

Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus)

I even had the chance to see a lifer : the Greater Whitethroat (Sylvia communis)! 

Greater Whitethroat (Sylvia communis)

Greater Whitethroat (Sylvia communis)

Finally, after the excursion ended, a friend and I went to one more spot by the Rhône river before heading home, and we spotted a few more species including a fabulous Eurasian Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus) hovering right above our heads!

Eurasian Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus)

Eurasian Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus)

Here is the list in alphabetical order:

Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)
Carrion Crow (Corvus corone)
Common Blackbird (Turdus merula)
Common Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs)
Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus)
Common Linnet (Carduelis cannabina)
Common Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)
Common Stonechat (Saxicola torquatus)
Common Woodpigeon (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus)
Eurasian Buzzard (Buteo buteo)
Eurasian Curlew (Numenius arquata)
Eurasian Green Woodpecker (Picus viridis)
Eurasian Jackdaw (Corvus monedula)
Eurasian Skylark (Alauda arvensis)
Eurasian Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus)
European Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis)
European Greenfinch (Carduelis chloris)
European Robin (Erithacus rubecula)
Gadwall (Mareca strepera)
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Tit (Parus major)
Greater Whitethroat (Sylvia communis)
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea)
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)
Northern Wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe)
Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)
Red-backed Shrike (Lanius collurio)
Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos)
Western Water Rail (Rallus aquaticus)
Whinchat (Saxicola rubetra)
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus cachinnans)
Yellowhammer (Emberiza citrinella)
Yellow Wagtail (Motacilla flava)

Love Nature.
Jonathan