Monday, 21 July 2008

Destinations: Julian Alps, Slovenia

There are some really tempting high mountain and forest birds in the Julian Alps in Slovenia... species like Capercaillie, Hazel Grouse, Three-toed Woodpecker, Pygmy Owl, Wallcreeper and Snow Finch. But it has to be said that few of these are "easy". First of all, though this is beautiful, spectacular country, it is seriously Alpine, being steep, rugged and the region is prone to sudden fluctuations in weather. Overall spring is best, i.e. April and May, when passerines are singing, owls calling and grouse lekking. If you intend birding here check the local weather conditions, bring the right clothing and get hold of local maps if you intend to go off the beaten track. These mountains lie in the NW corner of Slovenia and stretch into neighbouring Italy and Austria.

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