Friday, 12 March 2010

Moustached Warbler tick

This morning I visited the Škocjanski zatok (KP) nature reserve in the nearby Slovenia, just some kilometers away from the Slovenian/Italian border. The highlight of the day was my first ever MOUSTACHED WARBLER singing in a reedbed. I managed to see it well a few times, when it was low in the reeds. Instead the marshland yielded: common ducks in general + Garganey (2), Pochard (4), one female RED-CRESTED POCHARD, Ferruginous Duck (at least 15), Tufted Duck (4), Pygmy Cormorant (2), Water Rail (1 showing well), Little Ringed Plover (1), Lapwing (100), Greenshank, Curlew, Snipe, Common Gull. Passerines included: 10 Skylarks, few Crested Larks singing, loads of Song Thrushes, Cetti's Warbler (seen very well), Hawfinch, Yellowhammer (1 m) and some Penduline Tits. At the birdfeeder there's a nice movement of finches and others: Dunnock, Robin, Blue and Great Tit, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, House Sparrow, Tree and a few wintering Spanish Sparrows.

Some of today's pics from Škocjanski zatok (by DomenS):

Ferruginous Ducks

Female Red-crested Pochard


Blue Tit


Local patch: in the early morning a Buzzard was perching on a low tree in the garden, while at lunchtime I heard the first Serin of the year and a Song Thrush. At dusk a stunning male Cirl Bunting was singing from atop the nettle-tree, just in fron of my house!