Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Divača & Vremščica with autumn bird-influx

Today I decided to take a stroll on the Karst in the area of Divača (SLO). Still sunny and very hot with not much wind.
Quite a lot of birds around, including many typically autumn species and some firsts-of-the-season. Loads of Chiffchaffs and Robins a bit everywhere. At Ležeški Gabrk (Divača's airfield) I got: Song Thrush (lots!), 2-3 singing Woodlarks, Mistle Thrush (very common), 2 Dunnocks, 7-10 Cirl Buntings (also singing), flock of 125 Woodpigeons heading west (at 08.56 am), many Skylarks, several Tree Pipits (passing overhead), 1 Hawfinch, 1 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (calling), Wren, 4 Goldcrests, 6 Ravens, 1 female GREY-HEADED WOODPECKER (uttering a very odd call, especially in flight - never heard before!), 2 female Common Redstarts, Serin (heard overhead), several Meadow Pipits (first of the season!), total of 7 Stonechats (both sexes - see first 2 pics above), Siskin (small flock passed overhead), 2 Northern Wheatears (on the airfield), 6 Linnets, Tree Sparrow, 1 Sparrowhawk and 1 juv Whinchat.
On the upland grasslands of mount Vremščica, the situation was a bit different. By now all the Tree Pipits have been replaced by Meadow Pipits - flying around in small flocks. Needles to say there was no sig of Dotterels: too late into the season and ...I didn't even looked for them! The highlight here was a nice ringtail HEN HARRIER, hunting the pipits and Skylarks on the grassland. Another first-of-the-season! At least 7 Northern Wheatears were still around, along with another female Common Redstart, 2 Stonechats and 2 Woodlarks. Also a calling BULLFINCH was of interest (from the nearby beech woodland). Few other raptors, just the usual Buzzards, 2 Kestrels and 1 Sparrowhawk. Also here Chiffchaffs were very abundant.
Common Redstart - female:

Mistle Thrush - "zrrrrrr":

Donkeys on the Vremščica: