|Gentiana clusii & Gentiana utriculosa|
Exciting day spent in the Trnovo forest (Trnovski gozd) and its southern edge (Mt. Kucelj - 1237 m). The botany front was quite strong this time, but good birds were also always around the corner. From the above pics you can see that the most interesting plants were mainly Primula carniolica
(a rare and endemic plant in Slovenia), Pinguicula alpina, Primula auricula
, but also Paederota lutea, Gentiana clusii, Rhodothamnus chamaecistus, Primula veris
and several others.
The highlight on the bird front was an unexpected THREE-TOED WOODPECKER
that I found while taking pics of the primroses. I actually didn't even try to find one, it just appeared nearby while I was busy with the flowers. It showed on a spruce a few times and then began to drum and call.
|Mt. Kucelj (1237 m)|
Also cool to see were two Golden Eagles
being mobbed by a pair of Kestrels on the forest's southern slopes. A Black Kite
passing several times above the top of mt. Kucelj was also of note. Otherwise pretty usual forest and upland birds like Cuckoo, Crossbill, Bullfinch, Grey-headed Woodpecker
, Lesser Whitethroat, Northern Wheatear, Whinchat, Tree Pipit, Rock Bunting and Woodlark.
On the way out of the forest I also saved the life to an Aesculapian snake Zamenis longissimus
) crossing the main road.
|Aesculapian snake Zamenis longissimus|
Last highlight of the day were 2-3 LESSER GREY SHRIKES
in the Vipava valley. Also this year they have returned to their usual breeding site. Good to see they're back.
|Lesser Grey Shrike Lanius minor|