|Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos - first one in flight and then two (adults) perched together.|
Common Buzzards Buteo buteo were outnumbered by Honey Buzzards Pernis apivorus (7 birds) which were also quite vocal - probably a family party or something. Apart from the resident Kestrels Falco tinnunculus (2), Sparrowhawks Accipiter nisus (2) and Ravens Corvus corax (2), the most welcome was a Peregrine Falco peregrinus.
|Peregrine Falco peregrinus|
Migration was otherwise constantly visible with streams of House Martins Delichon urbicum passing at regular intervals (hundreds). Mixed among them were also some Swallows Hirundo rustica, but not in such big numbers. A flock of 14 Crossbills Loxia curvirostra was also of note and some Tree Pipits Anthus trivialis were also passing overhead at times. Three Crag Martins Ptyonoprogne rupestris and a few Rock Buntings Emberiza cia were seen along the steep rocky slopes by the road. Two Stonechats Saxicola torquatus and a Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurio were either migrants or local breeders. "Calls from the forest" included numerous Crested Tits Lophophanes cristatus and a Black Woodpecker Dryocopus martius.
Not really full of wildflowers (the peak season here is already over), but still a good variety of typical upland karstic plants. Wild garlics (Allium) are now in full bloom (represented by the two species below) and are forming impressive carpets in some places.
|Allium ericetorum/ochroleucum (light yellow one) and Allium senescens/montanum (pinkish)|
|Knautia fleischmannii - an endemic plant in Slovenia|
|Sanguisorba officinalis on Nanos' grassy plateau.|