Saturday, 3 March 2012
Larus fuscus & Merlin at Škocjanski zatok
This morning, after a quite hard wake up (see end of the previous post), we were soon greeted by two PEREGRINES flying over the village of Škocjan (near Divača). The rest of the day was spent birding locally on the Karst and in Škocjanski zatok NR.
In the Glinščica valley (Italian side) we weren't lucky with the Wallcreeper, but got another PEREGRINE - the breeding male. Rock Buntings, a flock of Woodpigeons and a lonely Siskin were the only other things of note. Butterflies included Brimstones and some Large Tortoiseshells (the first of the year!).
Škocjanski zatok NR: at midday we changed site and first of all we found an adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL bathing among the other gulls (see pics above). A hunting female/immature MERLIN was also great to see over the reserve. The 2 Little Ringed Plovers were still there, as were 2 Black-tailed Godwits, the Lapwings and several Ruffs. Other newly-arrived waders included a Green Sandpiper, 6-7 Snipes and a Spotted Redshank (see pic below). Also the usual 3-4 Pochards, 3 Tufted Ducks, Jackdaws (48), Penduline Tits ect.
Common Gull numbers decreased steadily with just 2-3 birds today. Also the White-fronted Geese were in smaller numbers today (200 birds cca).
It's getting warmer... springtime at last!