Friday, 16 July 2010

Second Nightjar record for the patch & Red-backed Shrikes

Bird atlas surveying on the Karst produced also some interesting birds: one Nightjar sitting in the middle of the road near Lonjer/Longera (TS), plus another one singing in the Kokoš/Cocusso area near Bazovica (TS). Some kilometers away, in a broad-leaved woodland a male LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER was calling and drumming from atop a dead branch, while a Grey-headed Woodpecker was giving its short song nearby.
Then near Zgonik (TS) a Hoopoe on the road - took off as the car approached. And in the Repnič (TS) area also: Golden Oriole, Tree Sparrow, Cirl Bunting (stunning male singing), Nightingale, Red-backed Shrike (a family in the hedges: m & f + 3 juvs. - see above the male), Mistle Thrush, Woodlark (singing), Hawfinch, Buzzard, Roe Deer (1 small fawn - calling its mother).

Local patch: at 4.40 am this morning I heard the first singing NIGHTJAR for my patch area. The bird was quite distant; somewhere north on the wood margin.