Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Late autumn movement

Škocjanski zatok NR: despite the pretty wintery feel of the past few days, some summer migrants are still around, mixing with the newly arrived late-autumn migrants. A bit of a surprise today was a bird that I usually see in spring. A first winter LITTLE GULL was present in the brackish lagoon, before flying away, heading eastwards. Showing its distinctive pied colouring.
Other birds in the area included: 3 Jackdaws perched on a tree in the freshwater reservoir, Meadow Pipit (frequently heard, seen feeding on the grazing marsh), 4 Stonechats, about 15 Chiffchaffs, 3 Yellowhammers (flew overhead), 4 Water Rails (2 seen), small flock of Reed Buntings, several Greenshank, Penduline Tits (very vocal and showing well), 4 Snipes, 1 Ruff still present, 1 BRAMBLING calling in flight (first of the season!), 4-5 Tree Pipits, 3-4 Reed/Marsh Warblers, 1 Skylark (heard), Siskin (a small flock), 16 Wigeons, Shoveler, 4 Dunlins (in the lagoon), 1 juv Spoonbill (still present in the lagoon), 1 WOODLARK (seen in flight-also called), 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Whinchats and 4 Sedge Warblers, several Linnets and a Curlew.
Pics above (top to bottom): male Stonechat and Kingfisher