Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Dawn on the Karst - migration influx goes on

Today at dawn I was back at the "Campo Carri" with two other friends. The passage was a bit quieter, but with slightly different species. The most surprising (a bit out of place) were: a Cormorant migrating towards the sea and GREENSHANK (maybe more than one) heard calling several times, somewhere in the sky.

Also the usual variety of small migrants, but as I said, not in big numbers: Tree Pipits heard passing overhead, 2 juv. Whinchats, some Swallows, Nightingales, 4 Common Swifts (flying very high), +3 nice WOOD WARBLERS (showing well in the bushes), about 5 Pied Flycatchers (all juv/female), 2 juv Chiffchaffs, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Common Redstart (maybe the same imm male as on Sunday), 1 Spotted Flycatcher, a few Blackcaps, 2 juv Red-backed Shrikes and about 6 Black Redstarts (including a very fresh juvenile).

Other non migrants included 2 Rock Buntings, 1 juv Tawny Pipit (at least I think it wasn't a migrant...), 1 Black Woodpecker (calling for the whole morning), Crested, Coal and Marsh Tits, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (1 calling) and a small flock of Alpine Swifts.

Pic above: the sunrise over the Karst; looking east/north-eastwards. (the long, highest mountain on the left is the Nanos in Slovenia)