Sunday, 7 October 2012
In the afternoon me two other friends checked the Lisert area and found 2 late RED-RUMPED SWALLOWS still around the breeding site. One was an adult, the other clearly a juvenile. The latter nearly ended its existence in the talons of a hungry Sparrowhawk, which performed some incredible stoops in front of us. Fortunately the swallows was quick enough to escape from the predator.
Both Red-rumped Swallows remained on show for the whole time we were there and even perched on the top of a nearby sailboat.
Otherwise the area was a bit calm and silent. Another Hobby was of note, along with 1 male Stonechat, 1 Wryneck (in exactly the same bush where we saw one last Sunday), a flock of Skylarks, Tree Pipits on passage, 1 Black Redstart, 1 female Marsh Harrier, Penduline Tits & Water Rail in the reedbed and a load of Chiffchaffs in the hedges. A grasshopper I never saw before was also interesting to see. Its name is Acrida ungarica and is shown in this pic:
We ended the day at the Karstic lake of Doberdob, checking the woodland area around the lake (pics below). A Black Woodpecker was calling from the poplars, along with a nervous Lesser Spotted Woodpecker and some other woodland species (including Hawfinch). The nearby heathland held a few Woodlarks, 2 male Stonechats, some Rock Buntings and a calling Sardinian Warbler. More or less all the specialities of the area!