Friday, 30 March 2012

GREEN-WINGED TEAL still present

Škocjanski zatok NR: today the **GREEN-WINGED TEAL** was always there in the freshwater marsh, feeding with a couple of other Common Teals. It showed the legs as well on a few occasions, confirming that it didn't have any rings. Yes! There's a good probability that this bird is the same as last year's (near Ptuj) - the first Slovenian record.
Above are two pics taken yesterday; one showing the bird in flight as well.
The situation in the wetland was more or less the same as yesterday. There were slightly more Swallows around, with something like 20-30 birds in a flock. Finally I managed also to see the Yellow Wagtails: 2 feldegg and about 5 flava males were on the grazing marsh.
Also today both rails were to be seen: 1-2 SPOTTED CRAKES and 2 LITTLE CRAKES (females) showing well out in the open.
The Little Ringed Plovers numbered 18 birds - the highest score this year for the species. Usual waders (seen yesterday) were present as well.
Black-headed Wagtail (feldegg):

Blue-headed Wagtail (flava):

Spotted Crake (quite distant):

Local patch: had 2 House Martins flying around this morning - the first returning birds to the patch. Also my first SCOPS OWL of the year was heard this evening.