Monday, 26 December 2011

More gulls, more headache!

Škocjanski zatok NR: today I spent the morning with a friend, as we were trying to re-find the Caspian Gull. Quite a lot of gulls around, especially Yellow-legged and among them we found some doubtful ones - Caspian-like. It gave us a real headache trying to work out the identity of some first winters. Several photos are still in the process of identification, so I'll post them later. In the meantime I can say that we got at least 1-2 CASPIAN GULLS (first winters).
The other thing I know for sure is that the above bird (first one) is an adult HERRING GULL. Also a juvenile was around. Within the same flock, mixed among Black-headed Gulls were at least 6-7 Common Gulls of almost every age (see last two pics above).
Other birds included: 1 female Goldeneye, 4 Shelducks, 2 Green Sandpipers, +7 Snipes, 10-15 Skylarks, Penduline Tit, Greenshank, Curlew, 1 Black-necked Grebe, 1-2 Jackdaws, 3 Hawfinches and several Water Pipits.
We then decided to check the bay of Lazzaretto as usual on the way back from Koper. The area held: 2 Curlews, 1 Sandwich Tern, 1 Little Egret, +10 Great Crested Grebes, 6 Black-necked Grebes, 1 adult HERRING GULL and 1 adult Common Gull, both on the buoys.

In the afternoon we tried the patch of beech woodland near Bazovica/Basovizza and were rewarded with all the 5 woodpecker species present in the area: 3 Black, several Great Spotted, 2 Green, 1 male Lesser Spotted and 1 female Grey-headed Woodpecker (doc pic below).

That's all for now... I'll soon post the remaining gull pics, when the mysteries will be solved.