|Three-toed Woodpecker Picoides tridactylus|
Most of today's morning was spent in the extensive conifer forests of Mt. Snežnik plateau. I was successful with no less than 4 territorial THREE-TOED WOODPECKERS
. The first sound I heard when I arrived on site was a drumming I could no identify for sure. Later I realised it was a Three-toed. Two of the four individuals heard drumming were also seen...really well I must say. They were quite tame and kept feeding for several minutes on the dead spruces above my head. Interesting to note that the most favourite drumming posts were the spruces broken by the ice this past winter. They sound quite differently from the dead and decaying ones.
The above photos are a documentation attempt, as always. Too much adrenaline to take proper pics.
Of the woodpeckers I also had a singing Grey-headed
and a male Black Woodpecker
(seen hammering a dead spruce).
Other birds in the forest were mainly the usual species like Bullfinch
(3), Crested & Coal Tit, Goldcrest, Eurasian Treecreeper
, Dunnock, Wren, Woodpigeon, Siskin. Also at least 3 singing Cuckoos
Next on the plan was a quick round visit of Cerkniško jezero (Cerknica lake) which to my amazement was quite lively. The White Storks
have returned on their nests in the village of Martinjak and one bird was also seen feeding on a wet meadow. The large water bodies were full of wildfowl, mostly Garganey
(+120), Shoveler, Teal, Mallard, Wigeon (7), Pintail (5), Gadwall (3) and Ferruginous Duck
(5). The highlight here was hearing a booming BITTERN
, while watching a summer-plumaged RED-NECKED GREBE
- a speciality of the lake (the only breeding site of the species in Slovenia). Other interesting birds included: Fieldfare
(2), Yellow Wagtail
, Marsh Harrier (1), Black-winged Stilt
(8), Curlew (2) and some courting Great Crested Grebes.
The last stop of the day was at Planinsko polje, where I was surprised and thrilled to see an adult WHITE-TAILED EAGLE
taking off from the fields. In peaceful flight it then flew south-west towards Postojna. Also here the local pair of White Storks
was on the nest. A singing Tree Pipit
was a new bird of the season for me and in the orchards there were several Corn Buntings, Yellowhammers and another Wryneck
|Red-necked Grebe Podiceps grisegena|
|White Stork Ciconia ciconia|