I took part on our another guided walk in Bratislava surroundings. Our main targets were newly arrived Bee-eaters and orchids in bloom that can be found on the slopes of Devínska Kobyla, most southward part of the Small Carpathians.
I came to Devínska Nová Ves 2 hours sooner to take short walk across the bridge over Morava River to have glimpse on floodplain meadows and fields on Austrian side. I heard my first Corncrakes (Crex crex) and spotted first Golden Oriole (Oriolus oriolus) of the year. This visit was worth of it because I have seen not very common female Montagu's Harrier (Circus pygargus), pair of Gadwalls (Anas strepera) and heard few Greylag Geese (Anser anser). For geese and ducks it could be sign of breeding in the area.
At 9:00 I met with my watching.sk colleague Katka and together with participants we started our guided walk. We heard and spot our first Bee-eaters (Merops apiaster). Katka as a leading guide was talking about Bee-eaters's habits and habitat, apart of it showing various rare flowers and plants (e.g.: Adonis vernalis, Stipa ioannis, Globularia punctata or Scorzonera austriaca). Two Black Kites (Milvus migrans) flew over our heads.
Then we moved to the site where man could find several species of orchids. We found Burnt-tip Orchids (Neotinea ustulata) and purple, pink and white variety of Green-winged Orchid (Orchis morio). Katka gave us short lecture on orchids and after that we slowly moved to Devín, where our guided walk ended.
Have a look on a pics of landscape, phonescoped animals and flowers. In the end you can find list of observed birds species in the area along Morava River and on the slopes of Devínska Kobyla.
|bridge over Morava River|
|female White Stork on the nest|
|Corncrakes were calling from the floodplain meadows|
|rabbit on the field near Schlosshof|
|male Stork searching for food|
|Gadwall (Anas strepera)|
|observing our first Bee-eaters|
|land between Danube and Morava rivers is called Marchpfeld|
|a bit blurry phonescoped Bee-eaters (Merops apiaster)|
|Katka giving us short lecture on orchids|
|Burnt-tip Orchid (Neotinea ustulata)|
|Green-winged Orchid (Orchis morio)|
List of observed bird species:Common Pheasant ( Phasianus colchicus ) Greylag Goose ( Anser anser ) Mute Swan ( Cygnus olor ) Gadwall ( Anas strepera ) Mallard ( Anas platyrhynchos ) White Stork ( Ciconia ciconia ) Grey Heron ( Ardea cinerea ) Great Egret ( Egretta alba ) Great Cormorant ( Phalacrocorax carbo ) Black Kite ( Milvus migrans ) Marsh Harrier ( Circus aeruginosus ) Montagu's Harrier ( Circus pygargus ) Common Kestrel ( Falco tinnunculus ) Coot ( Fulica atra ) Black-headed Gull ( Chroicocephalus ridibundus ) Feral Pigeon ( Columba livia f. domestica ) Wood Pigeon ( Columba palumbus ) Collared Dove ( Streptopelia decaocto ) Common Cuckoo ( Cuculus canorus ) Common Swift ( Apus apus ) Bee-eater ( Merops apiaster ) Great Spotted Woodpecker ( Dendrocopos major ) Black Woodpecker ( Dryocopus martius ) Green Woodpecker ( Picus viridis ) Golden Oriole ( Oriolus oriolus ) Common Magpie ( Pica pica ) Jackdaw ( Coloeus monedula ) Hooded Crow ( Corvus cornix ) Raven ( Corvus corax ) Great Tit ( Parus major ) Blue Tit ( Cyanistes caeruleus ) Common Skylark ( Alauda arvensis ) Barn Swallow ( Hirundo rustica ) House Martin ( Delichon urbicum ) Long-tailed Tit ( Aegithalos caudatus ) Chiffchaff ( Phylloscopus collybita ) Wood Warbler ( Phylloscopus sibilatrix ) Sedge Warbler ( Acrocephalus schoenobaenus ) Blackcap ( Sylvia atricapilla ) Lesser Whitethroat ( Sylvia curruca ) Common Starling ( Sturnus vulgaris ) Blackbird ( Turdus merula ) Common Nightingale ( Luscinia megarhynchos ) Black Redstart ( Phoenicurus ochruros ) House Sparrow ( Passer domesticus ) Tree Sparrow ( Passer montanus ) White Wagtail ( Motacilla alba ) Chaffinch ( Fringilla coelebs ) Serin ( Serinus serinus ) Greenfinch ( Carduelis chloris ) Goldfinch ( Carduelis carduelis ) Yellowhammer ( Emberiza citrinella )