Friday 25 April 2014

Picoides tridactylus again

Female Three-toed Woodpecker Picoides tridactylus drumming
Not much birding in the last week, except for a second THREE-TOED WOODPECKER mission. Also this time with no less than 4 birds heard drumming and two of them (females) seen very well in a sort of a territorial fight. Still preferring the broken spruces to the rotten ones for drumming. Most of the birds in the forest were mainly those seen last week, except for a singing URAL OWL in complete daylight (added to the chorus of 2 drumming Three-toeds!).
A quick routine visit of the Cerknica lake produced once again several good birds in the form of: 1 ad WHITE-TAILED EAGLE, 1 juv Montagu's Harrier, 3 Red-footed Falcons (year's first), 2 Hobby (also year's first), 1 Red-necked Grebe, 3 Sedge Warblers on territories, 2 breeding Fieldfares, 2 pairs of White Storks (on nests), Wryneck, Black Woodpecker, Yellow Wagtail, 3 Marsh Harriers, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Whinchat and mixed duck species (incl. Garganey).