Thursday, 12 July 2012

Local patch and beyond

Local patch: latest sightings from the past few days included a singing Nightjar in the small patch of meadows in the nearby woodland (I used to see birds here by day, but never stopped to hear one at night) and a Coal Tit heard in the garden. It seems there's a big post-breeding dispersal of Coal Tits around the Karst and especially up in the Alps. It's been a good year and the birds are dispersing a bit everywhere, including in the gardens and towns.
The other day I also had a Honey Buzzard over the pine woodland. One or two Golden Orioles are singing on a regular basis. On the sea 3 Common Terns were of interest around Miramare (incl 1 juv).

Škocjanksi zatok NR: usual summer activity in the area, with a bit of wader movement as usual. Birds of note this morning included: 4 Little Bitterns, 1 imm Nigh Heron, 6 Teals, 2 Garganeys (see pics above), 5 Pochards, 8 Common Sandpipers, 14 Wood Sandpipers (increasing!), 1 Turtle Dove, 3 Melodious Warblers and the first post-breeding Penduline Tits (5 birds). Also usual stuff like Common Terns, Black-winged Stilts, Little Ringed Plover, Greenshank, Curlew, both Reed Warblers ect.