Saturday 18 April 2015

They are back...

Unmistakable silhouette - Cuckoo Cuculus canorus. Slovenian Karst.
First Hoopoe Upupa epops of the year. Slovenian Karst.
Early shoots of a young beech Fagus sylvatica. Slovenian Karst.
Petasites hybridus. Slovenian Karst.
Symphytum tuberosum. Slovenian Karst.
Black dot = Black Stork Ciconia nigra feeding at Cerkniško jezero.
Lathyrus vernus. Cerkniško jezero.
Polygala chamaebuxus. Cerkniško jezero.
Vicia oroboides. Cerkniško jezero.
Viscum abietis - a parasite on silver fir Abies alba. Cerkniško jezero.
Aposeris foetida (with leaves of Geranium nodosum nearby). Cerkniško jezero.
First Subalpine Warbler Sylvia cantillans (female) of the year. Monte Grisa (Trieste).
Algyroides nigropunctatus - a Balkanic lizard with the edge of its distribution in the wider area of Trieste. Monte Grisa (Trieste).
Rock Bunting Emberiza cia with Euphorbia wulfenii. Monte Grisa (Trieste).
Blooming on the cliffs: Prunus mahaleb, Euphorbia wulfenii and Coronilla emerus ssp. emeroides. Monte Grisa (Trieste).
Prunus mahaleb. Monte Grisa (Trieste).
Lots of new arrivals in the last week including Cuckoos Cuculus canorus and Hoopoes Upupa epops on the Karst, Scops Owl Otus scops in the local patch, first singing Nightingale Luscinia megarhynchos and lots of spring activity around the cliffs, including several singing Sardinian Warblers Sylvia melanocephala and the first Subalpine Warbler Sylvia cantillans. At Isola della Cona NR also the first Sand Martins Riparia riparia and Purple Heron Ardea purpurea.
But the most notable birds were a BLACK STORK Ciconia nigra at Cerkniško jezero and two Stock Doves Columba oenas at Ljubljansko barje.