Monday, 12 April 2010

Snowfalls in April?

Yesterday with some friends I headed to the Trnovo forest (Trnovski gozd - Slovenia), for a bit of owl and woodpeckers watching. Despite the very changable weather - sunny and windy with regular snowfalls every 20 minutes (!!) - we managed to contact some of the target species.
Before arriving to the area, we stopped a few times on the way, to watch three different SHORT-TOED EAGLES gliding in the sky: one being in Italy near Fernetti (TS), and the others two in Slovenia; in the Vipava valley and on the Trnovo forest's margin.
In the Vipava valley we also heard singing Corn Buntings and Skylarks.
But let's go to the forest's species: Buzzard (2), URAL OWL (at least 2 singing males - 1 seen well at daylight whilst hunting), Dunnock (singing), Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, RING OUZEL (about 5 - mostly females, feeding on a woodland clearing - migrants), Goldcrest, Coal Tit, Marsh Tit, Crested Tit, Brambling, Siskin, Bullfinch (singing males), Crossbill.
Also two Roe Deers and many mammal's footprints on the snow.

The Ural Owl:

Here some shots of the landscape and plants: