Thursday, 2 September 2010

Trnovski gozd: more vultures than owls...

Some views of the areas (above)

Day spent in the Trnovo forest and the nearby mount Kucelj. Surprising lack of owls and general forest species. Instead the open habitats of the Kucelj yielded some more interesting birds: GRIFFON VULTURE (6 above the peak, heading south, following the mountain edge), Honey Buzzard (2), Sparrowhawk (2), Goshawk (1 probable), Kestrel, Tree Pipit (probably on migration), Northern Wheatear (2 f and 1 autumn male on the rocks), Pied Flycatcher (1 f), Rock Bunting.
Birds within the forest (common species):
-Honey Buzzard (1 quite confiding juv. perching on some low branches in the beech wood)
-Robin (moulting juvs.)
-Song Thrush
-Mistle Thrush
-Coal Tit
-Willow Tit
-Marsh Tit
-Crested Tit
-NUTCRACKER (1-2 heard)

Also: 2 black-morph Red Squirrels and 1 f Roe Deer.