|Male Cuckoo Cuculus canorus - the first I see this year|
|Corn Bunting Miliaria calandra|
|Orchis morio (left), Pulsatilla montana (center), Alyssum montanum (right)|
|Orchis morio in two colour varieties |
Pleasant spring afternoon spent on the Slovenian Karst. Lots of wildflowers on the meadows and several good spring birds like Cuckoo
(at least 3), Hoopoe
(1 singing), Cirl & Corn Bunting, Skylark & Woodlark, Lesser Spotted
, Green and Black Woodpecker
(4 of the latter). A massive female Goshawk
chasing a Woodpigeon was also a good sight. The most satisfying encounter was that with one of the three singing Cuckoos - a bird perched on the top of a high oak (above)
. Spotted after a long stalk through the woodlands. Success at the end!
Yesterday at Škocjanski zatok I also had my first Nightingales
of the year. At least 3 birds were singing in the hedges. One also showed briefly.
The lonely Common Crane
was still present in the freshwater marsh, but it flew north-east in the late morning. One Little Gull
was still around. Otherwise more or less the usual seasonal birds.