Thursday, 12 August 2010

Snežnik: Ural Owl, forest delights and the first load of migrants

Last two days spent in the extensive Slovenian forests of Sviščaki in the Snežnik mountain area. The birding highlights were: Honey Buzzard (1), URAL OWL (1 juv./imm singing at night, seen well - see pics above & video), Skylark (2 on migration), Tree Pipit (several), Dunnock, Robin (mostly moulting youngs), Black Redstart (2-3), Whinchat (several on migration in the woodland clearings), Song Thrush, LESSER WHITETHROAT (1 on migration), Chiffchaff, WOOD WARBLER (lots in the beech trees canopy; also 5-6 at the same time), Goldcrest, PIED FLYCATCHER (1 female on migration), Coal Tit, Crested Tit, Willow Tit, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Red-backed Shrike (1 male), Raven, Goldfinch, Siskin, Bullfinch (quite common in the woods, some stunning males approaching quite close), Crossbill (numerous flocks around conifers). Mammals included (mostly at night): Roe Deer (2-3), Red Fox (1 juv.), Edible Dormouse (several heard) and one probable Red Deer.

On the way back to Trieste today also: two Northern Wheatears on migration on the fields near Koritnice/Knežak, one stunning BLACK STORK soaring near Ribnica (Vremska dolina) and one Honey Buzzard in flight with the Black Stork.
Black Stork: