Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Special Birds: Western Rock Nuthatch

This species inhabits rocky terrain with trees and bushes in the Balkans. It is often heard before it is seen. Western Rock Nuthatch Sitta neumayer by Nigel Sprowell, Croatia, April 2011.

Thursday, 26 May 2011

Special Birds: Crag Martin

The Crag Martin Ptyonoprogne rupestris is a locally common species in the south of the region, particularly in the Balkans. It breeds in gorges, on cliffs and sometimes on buildings. It is a rather stocky, compact hirundine with only a shallow forked tail. Photo by Nigel Sprowell taken at Paklenica, Croatia.

Friday, 20 May 2011

Special Birds: Middle Spotted Woodpecker

Middle Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos medius is locally common in the C and E European region. It is a bird of deciduous woodlands, especially with mature oaks.

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Destinations: Aardla Polders - Estonia

The wet meadows, pastures and ponds near the hamlet of Aardla, lie just south of Tartu in Estonia. Spring wader and wildfowl passage here can be impressive with several rarities recorded, too. Breeding birds include Red-necked Grebe and Citrine Wagtail. The paths which cross the polders are often flooded but the area can be viewed from adjacent roads at such times. A good, high birding tower lies at the heart of the area.