Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Crag Martin - first hirundine of the year

Crag Martin Ptyonoprogne rupestris - taken from Field Guide to the Birds of Armenia
Today was springish even more than yesterday. I can say it was the year's first real day of warm spring, with shining sun, high temperatures and wildlife all around. The day started well with a Black-throated Diver swimming on the sea (seen from my house) and a flock of about 10 Mute Swans flying south-east.
Most of the morning was spent in Slovenia, both on the Karst and Vipava valley. The Karst was surprisingly productive, with a stop in the Komen area holding 2 Grey-headed Woodpeckers, 2 Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers, Cirl Bunting, Mistle and Song Thrush and the season's first Corn Buntings. All were singing or otherwise quite territorial.
Highlights in the Vipava valley were in the form of a migrating male Hen Harrier, 2 Dippers at nest (Ajdovščina), an awful lot of Grey Wagtails and both 3 common larks: Wood, Sky and Crested Lark. From the Vipava-Razdrto motorway also this year's first hirundine was spotted: a CRAG MARTIN - which gave an additional spring feel to the day. Looking forward for the first Swallows and House Martins now.