Sunday, 15 September 2013

Autumn migration influx

Wheatear and Whinchat sharing the same perch
Wheatear male
Common Redstart male
Quick update from the last few days on the Karst (both Slovene and Italian side). There's a quite good passage of small passerines at the moment with Wheatears and Whinchats being the commonest species in open grassland areas. Bramlbe bushes, hedges and small patches of woodland usually hold Common and Lesser Whitethroat, Pied Flycatcher, Common Redstart, Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff, with occasional small parties of Stonechat. Here and there still a few juvenile Red-backed Shrikes are to be found. Also a Tawny Pipit seen today; but the most prominent Anthus is the Tree Pipit, having a good migration passage these days (also heard over the patch).
Today I also heard the season's first Siskins and saw Kingfisher and Grey Wagtail along the river Reka. Also quite a strong passage of +100 House Martins and lots of Swallows too. Most notable raptors today included a Short-toed Eagle and a migrating Marsh Harrier.