Friday, 18 November 2011

Grey Plovers on the Slovene coast

Škocjanski zatok NR: nothing really exciting around today. Just usual seasonal wildfowl, some waders and few other things: 2 Shelducks (clearly two different birds), 40-45 Shovelers, 65 Wigeons, about 200 Teals, 5 Pochards at the small lake of Jezerce (both sexes), 2 Black-necked Grebes in the lagoon, only 3 Pygmy Cormorants left, 1 male Marsh Harrier resting in the freshwater marsh (late record for the species here; a bit out of season), 1 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk (see pic below), 2 Water Rails, 1 GREY PLOVER in the lagoon, 5 Lapwings on the mudflats in the lagoon, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper (just heard), 10 Greenshanks, 8 Curlews, several Snipes, 1 Skylark (heard), 2 Meadow Pipits (overhead), lots of Water Pipits, some Penduline Tits and Reed Buntings as usual.
Sparrowhawk - just after landing on its favoured tree:

On the way back home I had time to check the small bay of Lazzaretto/Lazaret (half in Italy and half in Slovenia). The tide was quite low and the small muddy beach revealed 2 Grey Plovers and 2 Common Sandpipers, feeding together on the shore. The Grey Plover is a bird I've never seen in the area, so it was kind of interesting to see. At the waterside, on the beach 2 female Wigeons were also an unsual sight (some weeks ago I already had one there).
Within a flock of Black-headed Gulls, 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls were showing too (see pic below). The sea was quite lively: 3 Black-necked Grebes were present, along with 1 Great Crested and 1 Little Grebe, plus a female Red-breasted Merganser. Two Sandwich Terns also in the area.
Med Gull (foreground):

Yesterday a Great Egret was of note - migrating NE over Conconello (Trieste) at dusk. In the area of Campo Carri, near Banne (TS) just a few Meadow Pipits, Woodlarks and several Mistle Thrushes. No sign of the 3 reported Fieldfares from few days ago.