Sunday, 25 August 2013
The open fields and meadows held the first Wheatear of the autumn as well as lots of migrant Whinchats which are now very common.
The forest of Mašun itself was also alive with migrants, which were mostly Spotted and Pied Flycatchers (3rd above), Wood Warblers and Chiffchaffs and a single Common Whitethroat, all flitting through the high canopies of conifers and beech trees. Among them was also a rather unexpected Icterine Warbler. Supporting cast in the forest also included 3 Nutcrackers, a Black Woodpecker, Honey Buzzard, Coal, Crested and Willow Tit, Firecrest and Raven.
In the evening a pair of URAL OWLS performed a duet song at very close distance, while another female was calling far away in the forest. The commonest mammal was as always Edible Dormouse, but two Foxes and a few Roe Deers were also seen.
Local patch: yesterday in the morning I was alerted by the screaming gulls and crows of the presence of a raptor. So I looked out of the window and to my amazement found, not the usual Buzzard, but a female Goshawk soaring above the suburb. It then proceeded in direction of Trieste, leaving behind the cloud of noisy gulls and crows.
Wednesday, 21 August 2013
The first migrant Whinchats have appeared in the fields, but I'm still waiting to see autumn's first Sylvias, flycatchers and warblers.
Migration fever is here... stay tuned!
Friday, 16 August 2013
Other birds seen briefly also included a few Alpine Swifts, 4 Ravens 2 Stonechats and 2 Honey Buzzards.
Local patch: this morning I also had two Honey Buzzards soaring above the patch, together with a Common Buzzard. A few migrant Swallows have appeared in the last few days and also some migrant Common Swifts are seen on a daily basis (the local breeding birds are long gone now). A whistling Nightingale from the nearby woodland was also of note today (as it was clearly a migrant). Green and Great Spotted Woodpecker on a daily basis in the garden. The Alpine Swifts around Monte Grisa are always there in their usual numbers. Otherwise it's all pretty quiet in the patch at the moment, but soon migration will pick up...
Škocjanski zatok NR: earlier this week I was on site for the weekly monitoring, but the situation was quite calm. A juvenile Black Tern (still in the lagoon) and a male Little Bittern were the most notable birds.
Thursday, 8 August 2013
Friday, 2 August 2013
A few days ago one of the wardens also recorded the first Little Crake of the autumn.
Local patch: yesterday in the evening I had the pleasure to listen to the song of a Nightjar, while relaxing on the armchair at my sister's home. The bird performed the long an insisting song for most of the evening and included in its repertoire lots of "kuuik" calls, wing-clapping and every kind of eerie calls. A Nightingale was also whistling nearby and after a while a Scops Owl began to sing. All in all a pleasant local patch chorus from the comfort of the armchair!