Friday, 14 October 2011

Swallows back in

Škocjanski zatok NR: today by mid morning the northeatserly increased steadily, bringing a nice fresh blow. Top highlight were 4 Swallows over the freshwater marsh, flying south-eastwards (9.45 am). Personally my latest ever record of the species... and a quite late record for the reserve too.
More or less the same birds as yesterday were in the area, with the addition of: flock of 15-20 Skylarks, 1 female Pintail (freshwater marsh), 10-15 Meadow Pipits (in flock on the grazing marsh), 2 Whinchats (instead of one), about 15 Jackdaws in flock over the lagoon (later in smaller numbers in the marsh), 2 Yellowhammers overhead. Still around were the 2 Grey Plovers, 1 Woodlark, Curlew, Snipe, 1 Ruff, some Water Pipits, 1 Tree Pipit, lots of Dunnocks, 2 Stonechats, 1 Sedge Warbler, Reed Buntings, Penduline Tits and loads of Chiffchaffs.
Photo by Igor Maiorano