Sunday 31 August 2014

Heading back to Africa

Adult male Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe in autumn plumage.
1st winter Wheatear O. oenanthe
Spring-looking adult male Wheatear O. oenanthe
Collaborative Wryneck Jynx torquilla hopping on the path...
...not so collaborative Wryneck.
Hoopoe Upupa epops
Short-toed Eagle Circaetus gallicus (note dangling legs).
Honey Buzzard Pernis apivorus
Yesterday I've been out on the Karst for most of the day. Plenty of migrants around, although not in big numbers. First did a late-morning raptor session on the Italian Karst, then transfered to the Slovenian side for some more passerines. Birds of note included: Short-toed Eagle Circaetus gallicus (1), Honey Buzzard Pernis apivorus (4 - migrants), Alpine Swift Apus melba (70), Common Swift Apus apus (+4), Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe (4), Whinchat Saxicola rubetra (+10), Pied Flycatcher Ficedula hypoleuca (1), Wryneck Jynx torquilla (1), Lesser Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos minor (1 male), Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurio (3), Hoopoe Upupa epops (1), Tree Pipit Anthus trivialis (good passage), Garden Warbler Sylvia borin (1), Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita, Woodlark Lullua arborea (20), Raven Corvus corax (5), Rock Bunting Emberiza cia (1).