Monday, 30 July 2012

Late summer

A quick morning stroll on the Karst (mount Volnik area to be precise) resulted in 2 nice migrant PIED FLYCATCHERS. I didn't quite expect to see them and I think this is my earliest autumn record of the species. They were flitting and flycatching around the canopies of some high oak trees before quickly darting away in typical Ficedula fashion.
Apart from the other common woodland species also quite a lot of Mistle Thrushes around (up to 50 birds feeding on a mowed grassland) a fly-by Hoopoe and 5 Red-backed Shrikes.
Above: Eryngium amethystinum, view on a woodland's path, Centaurea sp. and Quercus cerris leaf.