Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Cerkniško jezero & Planinsko polje

Today, back from business work in Ljubljana I stopped at Cerkniško jezero. Full of water and lots of birds, although nothing really rare. Especially lots of migrants: House Martin Delichon urbicum & Swallow Hirundo rustica (+1000 in mixed flocks), Sand Martin Riparia riparia (1), Hobby Falco subbuteo (11), Marsh Harrier Circus aeruginosus (5), Black Tern Chlidonias niger (3 juvs), Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe (17), Whinchat Saxicola rubetra (+15), Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurio (7), Bee-eater Merops apiaster (5 heaing SE; 1st time I see them here), Tree Pipit Anthus trivialis, Yellow Wagtail Motacilla flava, Spotted Flycatcher Muscicapa striata (1), Garganey Anas querquedula (3), Pochard Aythya ferina (7). Also a small mixed flock of 4 Snipes Gallinago gallinago and 1 Dunlin Calidris alpina (flying NW). Of the residents: Black Woodpecker Dryocopus martius, Goshawk Accipiter gentilis (1), Yellowhammer Emberiza citrinella (1), Great Crested Grebe Podiceps cristatus (1), Reed Bunting Emberiza schoeniclus (2), Kingfisher Alcedo atthis (2).
Gentiana pneumonanthe
Mentha aquatica
Succisa pratensis
Colchicum autumnale
Also obligatory stop at Planinsko polje for the Dipper Cinclus cinclus and Crag Martins Ptyonoprogne rupestris (3) nearby.
Dipper Cinclus cinclus