Wednesday, 19 September 2012
Local patch: birds of note in the past few days included Tree Pipits on passage, 1 Lesser Whitethroat still on the figs, 1 Spotted Flycatcher in the garden (found yesterday), Coal Tit on a daily basis, Grey Wagtail passing overhead, 1 calling Cirl Bunting and mixed flocks of House Martins & Swallows, catching insects low over the garden (present for some days). Also single observations or "hearings" of Nuthatch and Long-tailed Tit. This morning I was happy to hear again a Black Redstart trying out its singing.
Yesterday on the sea it was quite lively with a reported Arctic Skua off Miramare (seen by a friend of mine). Today I went to have a quick seawatch, but only found a couple of Sandwich Terns and a Common Sandpiper.
On Monday evening I had my monthly Shag roost count at Lazzaretto on the border with Slovenia (Ankaran area). Shags numbered 531 individuals sitting on the buoys. Also around were quite a lot of Med Gulls (in all plumage combinations), Sandwich Terns and Common Sandpipers. On the small area of mudflats I was surprised to find a juvenile Dunlin, feeding along with the Common Sands. The small stripe of reedbed held a Reed Warbler, while the trees around the bay produced an extremely tame Pied Flycatcher that allowed close views down to 3 meters.
Earlier in the afternoon I also had a quick check at Škocjanski zatok. It was all pretty quiet, but I managed to see 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 juvenile Common Whitethroat, 2 Willow Warblers and a nice monospecific flock of +30 Sand Martins in a feeding frenzy over the wetland.
Above photo: House Martin by Nikolaj Noel Christensen (taken at Miramare)