Thursday, 22 March 2012

Summer migrants

Škocjanski zatok NR: some new summer migrants have arrived on the reserve between yesterday and this morning. Two BLACK-WINGED STILTS were present today in the freshwater marsh (see above) with several other wader species: 7 Lapwings, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Spotted Redshanks, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, several Snipes and a flock of 48 Ruffs. In the lagoon there were 2 Common Redshanks, 10 Greenshanks, a few Curlews and 9 Little Ringed Plovers (on the muddy and gravel shore). The other true summer migrants included a WILLOW WARBLER singing at Jezerce (on some flowering trees) and a YELLOW WAGTAIL passing over the lagoon - both firsts of the year. A Swallow was also seen earlier in the morning.
The situation was othewrise as usual: several dabbling ducks still present (including some Wigeons), 5-6 male Garganeys, 6 Pochards, 2 Tufted Ducks, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Pygmy Cormorants, 1 Sparrowhawk (hunting the waders), 1 first winter Common Gull, 1 Crested Lark (singing), Water Pipit (several moulting to the summer plumage), lots of singing Blackaps and Chiffchaffs in the bushes, 2 Moustached Warblers (always present in the area of extensive reedbed - both singing), 6-7 Penduline Tits (feeding especially on the poplars now), Jackdaw, Reed Bunting.
Butterflies included several Green-veined Whites, the year's first Common Swallowtail, Red Admirals and Brimstones.