Wednesday, 17 October 2012

HAZEEEEEEEEEEL!!

Photo by Tomaž Velikonja
Today was HAZEL GROUSE day in Trnovski gozd! I managed to flush one (two times in the same spot) and hear a female calling... at last! I also tried the playback mode for the singing male, but it didn't work too well. Probably not enough Hazel Grouses in the area. I'll need to try the Alps for some serious grousing. And after this, the only bird I need to see here in Slovenia is Capercaillie.
As for the Trnovo forest (Trnovski gozd), it was otherwise pretty quiet as usual...also because I didn't even try any owls (no evening session either). Birds of note included lots of Bramblings mixed with Chaffinches going overhead, a few Bullfinches, 2 Crossbills, 1 Nutcracker, 6-8 Willow Tits, some Siskins, 1 Black Woodpecker and 2 Eurasian Treecreepers. Also usual assortment of conifer-birds like Crested & Coal Tits and Goldcrests everywhere.
                                         The spot where I found the Hazel Grouse
   Some views on the forest
On some fields just out of the town of Ajdovščina there was a huge mixed flock of finches feeding on the ground and taking off quite frequently. I estimated about 300 birds that included: Linnet (100), Brambling (30), Chaffinch (+100), Greenfinch (10), Goldfinch (10), Tree Sparrow (20) and a single female Serin among them. The fields were also stuffed with Meadow Pipits. An amazing sight.
I love autumn!