|Three-toed Woodpecker Picoides tridactylus, Javorniki Mts, 10th April 2016. Male (above) and female (last pic) during a census of the species for DOPPS (BirdLife Slovenia). Due to forestry works (extensive tree cutting and removing of dead trees), I only had two birds in what could have been an excellent habitat, supporting many more individuals. The forest itself has good conifer stands for Three-toed, but in some areas, most of the standing dead trees have been removed recently, for example where in the past I observed this bird (the other day there was none). A short collage video of the species here.|
|Gentiana verna ssp. tergestina, Slovenian Karst, 5th April 2016. An endemic subspecies of the Karst (found both in Slovenia and Italy), named after the town of Trieste. Once a common flower on dry meadows, now increasingly rare.|
|Short-toed Eagle Circaetus gallicus, Slovenian Karst, 5th April 2016.|
|Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe (male), Slovenian Karst, 5th April 2016. First of the year.|
|Callophrys rubi on Juniperus communis, Slovenian Karst, 11th April 2016.|
|Acer monspessulanum, Slovenian Karst, 5th April 2016. A common species on dry stony terrain. The first tree to push out the leaves on the Karst.|
An excellent time of year for being outside - actually the best! Every day brings something new and the woodlands (especially those along the coast) are exploding with greenery.
New returning summer migrants I recorded during the last week included: Wryneck Jynx torquilla, Cuckoo Cuculus canorus, Hoopoe Upupa epops, Scops Owl Otus scops, Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe, Swift Apus apus, Nightingale Luscinia megarhynchos, Sedge Warbler Acrocephalus schoenobaenus and Alpine Swift Apus melba. More to come in the next weeks!