Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Great Grey Shrike at Škocjanski zatok

Škocjanski zatok NR: I pulled out another GREAT GREY SHRIKE today - the first of the season for the reserve. A nice bird sat on the top of a dead tree and nearby tamarisks, in the middle of the freshwater marsh (see above).
Other good sightings in the area included 2 late Sand Martins (flying south over the marsh), a flock of 25 Lapwings (over the lagoon, headed south as well), 1 male Pochard (first of the season) and an awful lot of showy Penduline Tits (pics below). Also quite good movement of small birds in the hedges and reedbed; especially Reed Warblers and Chiffchaffs. About 14 Meadow Pipits and a few Water Pipits heard, along with 1 Song Thrush, several Tree Pipits, 13 Reed Buntings, 4 Siskins, 6 Linnets, 2 Serins, 7 Hawfinches, 1 Sedge Warbler and 1 Skylark. Five Stonechats and 1 Whinchat were present on the grazing marsh.
One of the wardens had also a Lesser Redpoll this morning. I looked a bit for it, but didn't find it. From the ringing front: a Penduline Tit from Germany was recovered the other day, along with a Bluethroat from Poland. Not bad.