Sunday, 12 December 2010

ALPINE ACCENTORS, Treecreeper, Fieldfares and EAGLE OWL

Morning visit to the mount Stena (TS) produced two nice ALPINE ACCENTORS on the steep, rocky and grassy slopes (also giving the characteristic calls) - giving good views; Goldcrests, various tits (Coal, Crested...), 1 EURASIAN TREECREEPER (rare winter species on the Karst - one of the few records!), small flock of Crossbills.
With two friends I then headed to Divača's airfield in the nearby Slovenia and tried to catch up with a Rough-legged Buzzard (reported yesterday). No sign of the raptor, but instead we got 1 Great Grey Shrike, a flock of 18 FIELDFARES, some Crossbills, a Raven and 2 Common Buzzards.

At dusk just after the sunset, a stop to the heathland near Bazovica (TS) produced a nice adult Eagle Owl - seen flying and consequently heard singing (somewhere on a pine tree).
Pics above - first two: Alpine Accentor; last two: Fieldfares