Friday 3 October 2014

Lanius excubitor is back!

Great Grey Shrike Lanius excubitor - frequently seen hovering (last pic)
Yesterday I saw my first two GREAT GREY SHRIKES Lanius excubitor of the season. Both on the Karst: one at the airfield of Divača (typical place for the species) and one on the grasslands of Dane near Sežana.
Still around some Wheatears Oenanthe oenanthe and Whinchats Saxicola rubetra, but also the first late-autumn newcomers like Song Thrushes Turdus philomelos (in good numbers), Dunnocks Prunella modularis, Wrens Troglodytes troglodytes, Meadow Pipits Anthus pratensis and lots of Coal Tits Periparus ater. Not to mention the Robins Erithacus rubecula which are now everywhere.
Still present in my garden are a Lesser Whitethroat Sylvia curruca, and Crested Lophophanes cristatus & Coal Tit Periparus ater. Newcomers include a few Song Thrushes Turdus philomelos and one or two Hawfinches Coccothraustes coccothraustes on a daily basis.

Also two Campanula lifers for me recently:
Campanula persicifolia
Campanula bononiensis