|Male White-backed Woodpecker Dendrocopos leucotos|
|Wildcat Felis silvestris|
As I was getting back to the car, I noticed a "woodpecker movement" in the canopies, looked up and saw a Middle Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopus medius. It was actually the third Middle Spot of the day. I didn't expected they were so common and easy to get in the Kočevje forests.
|Middle Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos medius|
During my census I also had other species of woodpeckers, including Great Spotted D. major, Lesser Spotted D. minor, Grey-headed Picus canus, Black Dryocopus martius and Green Picus viridis. March is a great time of year for woodpeckers because they are very vocal and territorial and easily observed through the canopies (the trees are still leave-less).
The same day I also had close daytime encounters with about 10 Red Deers Cervus elaphus (including 2 males) and a Red Fox Vulpes vulpes. Of the other birds the most interesting was the presence of both Short-toed Certhia brachydactyla and Eurasian Treecreeper C. familiaris and a good movement of Woodpigeons Columba palumbus in various flocks.
|A forest-road sign in Kočevje - the kingdom of bears!|
As usual in this time of year, every new flower that sprouts is a little joy. In the photos you can see the newly emerged flowers of a typical Slovenian spring taken on different locations.
|Hacquetia epipactis with Scilla bifolia (on the left); Slovenian Karst.|
|Erythronium dens-canis (top one) with the first Anemone nemorosa of the year; Slovenian Karst.|
|Omphalodes verna - a typical flower of the Dinaric forests, giving the name to the association Omphalodo-Fagetum (Dinaric forest of beech and silver fir); Ljubljansko barje.|
|Euphorbia amygdaloides, Ljubljansko barje.|
|Leucojum vernum, Kočevje.|
|Punkish Middle Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos medius; Slovenian Karst.|