Saturday 23 January 2016

Trail camera - mammals of the Karst

Fox Vulpes vulpes
Beech Marten Martes foina
Wild Boar Sus scrofa
Red Deer Cervus elaphus
Roe Deer Capreolus capreolus

Recently I've been playing a bit with a trail camera in the woodlands of the Slovenian Karst. Above are the results of a few days recording. Not bad for a start - the spot I chose seems excellent for wildlife. Around were also a Middle Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos medius, a Peregrine Falco peregrinus, a female Goshawk Accipiter gentilis and a flock of 16 Fieldfares Turdus pilaris (the first I see this winter on the Karst). Other woodpeckers in the forest are also starting to be more active (drumming, singing): Great D. major & Lesser Spotted D. minor, Black Dryocopus martius and Grey-headed Picus canus.

Yesterday I also made an interesting observation of a Wallcreeper Tichodroma muraria at the coastal cliffs near Duino/Devin (Trieste). The interesting fact of this area is that the cliffs rise up from the sea, so overwintering Wallcreepers can be observed at sea level. Similarly it can happen with Alpine Accentors Prunella collaris, which are more difficult to spot. The sea area is important for breeding Common Eider Somateria mollissima - one of the 2 (?) populations in the Mediterranean sea (saw about 10 yesterday). Other birds of note like Blue Rock Thrush Monticola solitarius and Peregrine Falco peregrinus breed on the cliffs, but weren't seen yesterday.