Saturday, 31 March 2012

Botanical beauties

Today was quite more a botanical day than ornithological. Me and a friend went to see some flowering plants and other wildlife on Volnik - a karstic mount/hill. It's quite odd to say, but today's highlight was a plant: Dog's tooth violet (Erythronium dens-canis). As I learnt it's quite rare around here, but very attractive at the same time. We found just one flowering plant (first 3 photos above).
In general there was a good amount of early flowers - most were the usual species found here on the Karst.
Birds seen during the day included: 4-5 Buzzards, 1 calling Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Hawfinch, Marsh Tit, 1 Cirl Bunting, Green Woodpecker, 1 Meadow Pipit (passing over the top of the hill), 1 Common Swift (clearly on migration), 1 Rock Bunting, singing Chiffchaff, Mistle Thrush, 1 female Goshawk (giving the call as well) and other common woodland species.
Two Southern Festoons were the butterfly highlight, along with Common and Scarce Swallowtails. Many European Green Lizards were easy to se as well.
Later in the afternoon we also had a migrating MARSH HARRIER (female) over the Karst plateau and a Kestrel.
Pics above (top to bottom): Erythronium dens-canis, Narcissus poeticus, Pulsatilla montana, Anemone nemorosa, Green Lizard showing well and an informative board about raptors.

Local patch: this morning a Black Redstart was delivering its song from the top of a roof. Two or three Scops Owls were also heard this evening.