Thursday, 15 March 2012

Garganey special & first Wood Sands

Škocjanski zatok NR: today at least 26 Garganeys were present in the freshwater marsh. The showed so well and close that I could take several pictures of them. In fact these beautiful spring ducks added a touch of colour to the wetland. Several drakes were also displaying to the females and some copulation took act as well (as documented in the fifth pic above).
The most welcome sight today was that of the first WOOD SANDPIPERS of the year. I counted three birds in different parts of the reserve. Other waders included 1 Little Ringed Plover, 6 Lapwings, 2 Green Sandpipers, 3 Spotted Redshanks, several Greenshanks & Curlews in the lagoon, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Snipes and 33 Ruffs.
In the reeds two Moustached Warblers showed well, but there were at least 3 birds around (all heard singing). Views were especially good on a bird that was sticking over the water's surface on the usual reed jam. Today I also heard another bird giving the whistling notes in the song, even if quite silently.
Other birds that were around included: 2 Shelducks, several Shovelers and Wigeons, about 200 Teals, 6 Pochards (Jezerce), 1 female Tufted Ducks, 3 female Goldeneyes (in the freshwater reservoir), 6 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Great Egret, 1 female Marsh Harrier (over the reserve at midday), 6 Common Gulls, Water Pipit, Penduline Tit, Jackdaw, Linnet, Reed Bunting.