Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Migrant Marsh Harrier & SPOTTED CRAKE

Local patch: yesterday morning the above Marsh Harrier (male) was migrating eastwards over the house. Also 24 Common Gulls were on the sea and a Serin was singing in a nearby garden (present today as well).

Škocjanski zatok NR: I took a short "check stroll" this afternoon around the reserve and got brilliant views on a SPOTTED CRAKE in a ditch by the main path. The bird moved quickly in Water Rail fashion at the water's edge (completely out of cover), about 3 meters away from me. It stopped for a while before running to hide into some vegetation. Brilliant!
As I could see with bins only, one Black-tailed Godwit was still around, along with a flock of 35 Ruffs (all together). A Green Sandpiper was also heard, then usual Snipes, 2 Pochards, 1 female Tufted Duck, 2 Shelducks, Wigeon, a Grey Wagtail overhead ect. A Grass Snake (Natrix natrix) was in a water-filled ditch by the main path as well.