Friday, 28 October 2011

Moustached Warbler still there

Škocjanski zatok NR: I managed to get some more views of the Moustached Warbler today (see pics above). It showed well on the top of the reeds for a few second, in the usual reedbed area. Frequently calling the warblerish "tak-tak".
Other birds during the count today included: 1 female (juv) Tufted Duck (in the small pond of Jezerce), 25 Reed Buntings, several Dunnocks, 5 Meadow Pipits (flew overhead), 3 Song Thrushes, 2 Black Redstarts, 3 Serins, 6 Water Rails (one crossed the path several times), 12 Water Pipits (especially common on the grazing marsh), total of 488 Coots (that's twice more than last week!), 13 Skylarks (in flock on the grazing marsh), lots of Chiffchaffs everywhere (checked every single one for a potential sibe), 14 Snipes, 2 Wrens (one singing!), 1 Crested Lark, 169 Teals, 2 Black-necked Grebes still in the lagoon, several Siskins (flew overhead), 28 Shovelers, 10 Linnets, 7 Stonechats and still (!) 1 Whinchat (on the grazing marsh, probably always the same one), 7 Lapwings, 7 Curlews (both inland and in the lagoon), 1 Woodlark (flew overhead), 3 Jackdaws, several Penduline Tits, 1 Buzzards, 3 Yellowhammers, 46 Wigeons (all concentrated in the lagoon), 1 Sparrowhawk, 30 Greenshanks and 1 Green Sandpiper in the freshwater marsh.
Tufted Duck (juv female probably....):

Local patch: this morning at 8.00 am a beautiful male FIRECREST was on the pine-tree in front of the house. First of the season and always a pleasure to see in the garden!