Friday, 18 May 2012
BARRED WARBLER on the Karst
Today I had some unplanned but quite productive birding on the Slovene Karst. A singing male BARRED WARBLER was discovered and I just happened to be nearby so I went to have a look. After a bit of searching in the good area I finally heard the song and shortly afterwards located the bird. It was a nice male singing in the center of a high bush. When it moved it wasn't difficult to follow it and see it properly - unlike the many other Barred Warblers I've seen in Slovenia in the past. So I was quite happy. The species is also a very rare breeder on the Karst so twice the enjoyment of finding it.
In the wider area there was a rich birdlife; the other top sightings included a group of 5 RED-FOOTED FALCONS (all females) hunting over some grassland, lots of Red-backed Shrikes, 2-3 Corn Buntings, 1 Stonechat, several Common Whitethroats, 1 Raven, 1 fly-by Marsh Harrier, 3 singing Cuckoos, both Woodlark and Skylark and 2 Kestrels.
Earlier in the afternoon I also had a Tawny Pipit, a stunning male Honey Buzzard (very white and contrasting) and a female Northern Wheatear.
Not bad for a short afternoon stroll.
Pic above from Arkive