Friday, 24 September 2010

The Ural Owl strikes back!

Birding concentrated in the Trnovo forest area (Slovenia), but with some stops on the way... So the area around Planina, near Postojna produced: 3 Stonechats, some Skylarks, quite large flocks of Yellowhammers (feeding on corn-plants), 1 Grey Wagtail, lots of White Wagtails, 1 Redstart (female) 2 Whinchats and some Marsh Tits.
From the car, I could spot several Crag Martins, flying above the town of Idrija.
Trnovski gozd (forest area): the highlight was a "usual" URAL OWL perching on some low trees, just on the edge of a woodland clearing. It showed very well for about a minute, then it flew away in the forest. Later it was relocated several times, as it was hunting on the forest margins. Time: about 18.30 in the afternoon, so the light was still good!
Other species in the area: several Treecreepers, Song Thrush, Siskin, loads of Crested Tits, Marsh Tit, 3 Black Woodpeckers (two seen well), 1 Grey-headed Woodpecker, Bullfinch, Crossbill (few than the other times), Coal Tit, Wren+Dunnock+Robin, Goldcrest, 1 f Pied Flycatcher, 1 female Redstart, Mistle Thrush.
Photos above (from top to bottom): a record-shot of the Ural Owl, Treecreeper, Goldcrest, a view on the forest.

Local patch: in the evening a young Eastern Hedgehog (about few months old) was roving around the houses and gardens.