Wednesday, 18 April 2012
Škocjanski zatok NR: had this nice Little Crake today, showing well by the second screening. As the plumage shows it is a hansome male. It was walking up and down the edge of a small reedbed and sometimes ventured away in the long grass (Corncrake-like fashion).
There was a Glossy Ibis around the reserve in the past few days, but I didn't find it this afternoon. Despite that, a singing Reed Warbler was a new bird to me this year.
Other interesting species included: 30 Ruffs, Black-winged Stilts, +200 Swallows, a few House Martins and several Sand Martins, 4 Garganeys, 4 Yellow Wagtails (all flava), 3 Lapwings, 1 Green-winged Teal (drake still present), 3 singing Sedge Warblers, 1 Nightingale, 2 Great Reed Warblers, 4 Wood Sandpipers, Little Ringed Plover, 1 singing Willow Warbler, 1 Common Sandpiper, 9 Common Terns, 3 Spotted Redshanks, 1 Common Redshank (lagoon - it could be breeding this year as well), 1 Black-tailed Godwit.