Monday, 11 April 2016

Birding: Balkan Ecology Project Day 5

 Skylark- the Steppe Area hosts a very dense population. 
 Cuckoo- great to see such a strong presence of Cuckoos. Usually one audible at any point in the day and seen up to three together.
 A few raptors were migrating through today including this Osprey circling the village. Also two Montagu's Harrier moving north. 
 Spent a bit of time around the monastery this morning. A male Collared Flycatcher, 100+ Siskin, Crossbill, Black Woodpecker (calling), Syrian Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch, Goldcrest, Coal Tits, Black Redstart, male Bullfinch, Song Thrush (imitating a Black Woodpecker at times), Robins and Blackbird. 
Walked along the Plot 2 area track and back across the fields. Absolutely bursting with farmland birds Skylarks in the fields, Woodlarks along the transition area, Nightingale, Corn Buntings (abundant), a few Yellowhammers, 2 Cirl Bunting, Cuckoos, Mistle Thrush, Song Thrushes, Blackbirds (on the wooded mountain slope), Black Woodpecker (calling from mountain), Tree Pipits, 1 Osprey, 5 Marsh Harrier (in the fields), 3 Montagu's Harrier, 3 Common Buzzard, 2 Kestrel and 1 Hobby.

Woodlark, Cuckoo, Corn Bunting, Blackbird, Nightingale, Tree Pipit and Yellowhammer

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