Friday 13 September 2013

Autumn vespertinus

Red-backed Shrike
Cyclamen purpurascens now in full swing
Allium montanum
Forest landscape on the Snežnik plateau (Mt. Snežnik is the highest top)
Came across 3 juvenile RED-FOOTED FALCONS this afternoon at Divača's airfield. All three were hovering and catching food on the grassland close to the runway and were regularly "flushed" by small passing-by aircrafts. It's not rare to see this species here in spring, but I don't think I ever saw one in autumn. That's probably because in autumn relatively few birds are passing through Slovenia if compared to spring.
Here's a sum of the other birds I also saw today: Wheatear (1), Whinchat (1), Lesser Whitetheroat (2), Cirl Bunting, Black Woodpecker (3 different birds) Alpine Swift (+15), Grey Wagtail, Raven, Spotted Flycatcher, Red-backed Shrike (2 juvs), Woodlark (10), Coal & Crested Tit and lots of migrant Swallows + House Martins. Jays are beginning to appear a bit everywhere, which is in the norm of their autumn influx. But now most of the Karst is slowly emptying as the summer migrants are heading back to Africa. Even Red-backed Shrikes are becoming scarce.
The wildflower season is also nearly over, but a few species are still blooming or are in full flowering explosion right now, like wild cyclamens (above) or different Allium species.
I think I'll miss all the wildflowers in the coming months...