Thursday, 17 May 2012
Škocjanski zatok NR: had a couple of good birds today around the reserve with the highlight being a RED-RUMPED SWALLOW among a large cloud of Common Swifts and a few Swallows. The third I find this year! Above is the only thing I managed to do with the camera (last pic).
Other migrants included a singing Garden Warbler in the hedge by the path, 1 Marsh Warbler (singing), 1 Sedge Warbler, a female Marsh Harrier hunting over the reserve, 1 male Common Whitethroat, a Spotted Flycatcher, 3 Alpine Swifts, 20 Sand Martins and a male Red-backed Shrike on the bushes bordering the lagoon. Otherwise more or less the same species I had the other day (incl. 1 Squacco Heron, 1 m Little Bittern and 6 Melodious Warblers) plus the addition of 3 quite unexpected Pochards.
Pics above (top to bottom): Common Swift, Squacco Heron, Melodious Warbler and Red-rupmed Swallow.
Local patch: yesterday after a rain shower I had a SPOTTED FLYCATCHER in the garden, perching on the fence. Bad weather brings lovely surprises!