Friday, 7 October 2011

Change of weather

Škocjanski zatok NR: quite a challenge counting birds this morning in rainy and windy conditions. Fortunately I didn't get all the heavy rain showers (that came in the afternoon), but got soaked anyway. Nothing very special on the bird front, despite the right weather conditions for strange migrants. Two Black-necked Grebes in the brackish lagoon were the highlight (pics above). One was is winter-ish plumage, the other wearing remnants of the summer plumage (with a prominent red eye). The other species included: total of 300 Coots, 48 Shovelers (now finally gaining back their nice white colourings), 6 Curlews, 4 Reed Buntings, total of 435 Teals (now the most numerous duck), 3 Snipes, 1 Green Sandpiper (calling), 1 Whinchat (still on the grazing marsh), 2 singing Water Rails, 25 Greenshanks, 1 female Pintail (in the freshwater marsh), 14 Great Egrets, 2 Ruffs (dropped down into the freshwater marsh; later seen also in the lagoon), 22 Wigeons, 1 female Pochard, 2 Yellow Wagtails, 7 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Penduline Tit (heard), 1 Meadow Pipit (overhead), 1 female GARGANEY (still here!?), 1 Dunlin (winter plumaged bird in the lagoon), 1 Blackcap and 1 Grey Wagtail. Also the long-staying juvenile White Stork was in the area.