Sunday, 2 October 2011

EuroBirdwatch...not so great

I spent a quite friutless morning on the Karst today. In the occasion of the "EuroBirdwatch" a small birding trip was organised in the area of Bazovica (TS), so I joined my friends that were leading the group. Apart from some rare exceptions there were very few migrants around. Probably too sunny and hot for the season. The species we managed to see were: 15 Cormorants on migration (heading west at 11.50 am), nice flock of 40-45 Woodpigeons heading west too at 11.30 am (the firsts for the season), 1 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker calling, few Woodlarks, House Martin (big flock on migration), several Tree Pipits (also perched), 1 Dunnock (first of the autumn), Robin (very common), 1 imm male Common Redstart (showing well), Black Redstart, lots of Song Thrushes, 1 Mistle Thrush, several Chiffchaffs (one singing!), 2 Goldcrests, 2 Wrens, usual tit flocks in the woodland, 2 Ravens, 2 Cirl Buntings and a handful of Rock Buntings.

Fortunately the day was "saved" by two sightings from the early morning. A by the way stop in the beech woodland near Bazovica produced a singing Grey-headed Woodpecker and a calling Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (female - seen).