|Allium carinatum with mt. Vremščica (1027 m) in the background.|
Today also lots of interesting birds. Started well in the morning with two juvenile BARRED WARBLERS Sylvia nisoria, showing nicely in a bush, in an area I've never seen them before.
|Juvenile Barred Warbler Sylvia nisoria.|
A check of Škocjanske jame (Škocjan caves) produced two Crag Martins Ptyonoprogne rupestris that this year are breeding in the area.
Also several woodland birds with the most noteworthy being 2 Black Woodpeckers Dryocopus martius, 3 showy Crested Tits Lophophanes cristatus (lured on pishing), Coal Tit Periparus ater, and a Spotted Flycatcher Muscicapa striata.
In the hottest hours of the day also a lot of raptor movement; first in the morning Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus, Kestrel Falco tinnunculus, Common Buzzard Buteo buteo and Honey Buzzard Pernis apivorus, then on mount Vremščica in the afternoon also a juvenile Goshawk Accipiter gentilis and a GRIFFON VULTURE Gyps fulvus and to round up the day nicely, a Short-toed Eagle Circaetus gallicus perched in full view on a pine (see below).
|Short-toed Eagle Circaetus gallicus|
|Dianthus sylvestris ssp. tergestinus|
|Mix of Allium carinatum, A. sphaerocephalon & Veronica barrelieri; also Euphorbia sp. in the back.|
|Betonica officinalis (violet flowers) and Veronica barrelieri (blue flowers).|