Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Acros & Hippos

Škocjanski zatok NR: with and overcast sky and wet air there was an incredible number of small migrants around the reserve this morning. The hedges were literally full of Acros and also a few nice Hippos. Most of them were singing while foraging in the vegetation. In the course of the morning I counted a total of 23 Great Reed Warblers, 32 Sedge Warblers (also 8 singing together!!), 2 Marsh Warblers (heard + seen), 47 Reed Warblers (!), the 2 usual Melodious Warblers (already on territories), 2 Icterine Warblers (showing well while singing in the highest bushes - pic above), 5 Nightingales, 3 Garden Warblers, 1 female Common Whitethroat and 4 Blackcaps.
Other good birds included a male Ferruginous Duck resting in the grass on the freshwater marsh, two Little Terns in the lagoon (first of the year for me), 3 Turtle Doves, a fly-by male Little Bittern, 4 Night Herons resting in the tamarisks, 20 Pygmy Cormorants together (highest number for me in the reserve) and the usual waders plus a few Sand Martins overhead.
Also nice to see the first fledged Common Tern's chicks in the lagoon.
One of the two Little Terns in the brackish lagoon: