Friday 16 August 2013
Other birds seen briefly also included a few Alpine Swifts, 4 Ravens 2 Stonechats and 2 Honey Buzzards.
Local patch: this morning I also had two Honey Buzzards soaring above the patch, together with a Common Buzzard. A few migrant Swallows have appeared in the last few days and also some migrant Common Swifts are seen on a daily basis (the local breeding birds are long gone now). A whistling Nightingale from the nearby woodland was also of note today (as it was clearly a migrant). Green and Great Spotted Woodpecker on a daily basis in the garden. The Alpine Swifts around Monte Grisa are always there in their usual numbers. Otherwise it's all pretty quiet in the patch at the moment, but soon migration will pick up...
Škocjanski zatok NR: earlier this week I was on site for the weekly monitoring, but the situation was quite calm. A juvenile Black Tern (still in the lagoon) and a male Little Bittern were the most notable birds.