Red-footed FalconFalco vespertinus (male) - part of a flock of 6.
Red-rumped SwallowCecropis daurica over the garden (above) & an active nest near Divača (below).
Golden OrioleOriolus oriolus - always difficult to get proper pics of.
Common RedstartPhoenicurus phoenicurus in the garden.
Black WoodpeckerDryocopus martius - two pairs with chicks in the local patch.
CuckooCuculus canorus - the quintessential sound of spring in the forest.
Great Spotted WoodpeckerDendrocopos major - nesting in the woodland behind the house.
Beech Longhorn BeetleMorimus funereus
Dalmatian AlgyroidesAlgyroides nigropunctatus
BadgerMeles meles (camera-trapped) by its sett in the woodland behind our house.
Field CricketGryllus campestris stridulating night & day in the garden.
Marsh FritillaryEuphydryas aurinia
Forester MothAdscita sp.
Queen of Spain FritillaryIssoria lathonia in the garden.
Large Wall BrownLasiommata maera
Violet Carpenter BeeXylocopa violacea - up to 3 using our home-made
bee nest-boxes in the garden.
Wild PeonyPaeonia mascula - rare, in shady broadleaved woodlands.
Common PeonyPaeonia officinalis - common in open woodlands & scrubland.
Grass-leaved IrisIris graminea
Burnt-tip OrchidNeotinea ustulata
Military OrchidOrchis militaris
Orchid mix - on 1,2 ha of meadow we counted 502 Military and 158 Burnt-tip Orchids.
Three-toothedNeotinea tridentata x Military OrchidOrchis militaris (hybrid).
Violet LimodoreLimodorum abortivum
Narrow-leaved HelleborineCephalanthera longifolia
White HelleborineCephalanthera damasonium
Orchard with sheep.
Cherries are just ripening in the garden.
A more concise photo-post today, because of the lack of time - with all the fieldwork it's increasingly difficult to spend time on the PC. Above are some of the pics taken recently in our garden and the local patch area, in the Karst around Sežana (up to 10 km away from home). Among the most interesting sights in the garden were 4 Red-rumped SwallowsCecropis daurica, while a pair of this very rare breeder took up residence under a bridge near Divača. At least two Common RedstartsPhoenicurus phoenicurus are holding territory around our house. The karstic hay meadows now usually host small flocks of stop-over Red-footed FalconsFalco vespertinus. Two pairs of Black WoodpeckerDryocopus martius have nestlings and the activity around the nest-holes is very intense. Also quite a lot of butterflies, insects and interesting plants to keep us occupied. Hopefully more in the next blog post. Keep tuned!