Friday 14 March 2014

Vipava & Nanos

Goosanders Mergus merganser on the river Vipava (Slovenia)
Quite productive morning in the Vipava valley with two groups of GOOSANDERS on the river Vipava being the highlight. A group was formed by three showy (and displaying) males and a female (above), the other was a pair. A total of 6 birds. Good variety of other commoner birds seen in the course of the day: Grey Wagtail (also on nest), Green Woodpecker, Cirl Bunting, Woodlark, Mistle and Song Thrush, Corn Bunting ect. A Peregrine and a lonely COMMON CRANE (on migration) were the main attraction at the limestone cliffs of Lijak. 
Midday hours were spent on the grassy plateau of mt. Nanos, mostly enjoying the sun and two GOLDEN EAGLES performing overhead. In the area also another Peregrine (with prey), 15 Ravens, 2 Crag Martins flying past and several showy Rock Buntings along the road.