Sunday, March 20, 2011

Saturday, March 19 - A Migratory Push, Part 1

     The low pressure brought with it rain overnight in Sarajevo and snow on the hills above about 1200 meters. Low heavy clouds obscured the hilltops around the city, and the temperature dropped 4-5C from Friday. 

     A morning trip (0830-1000) to the fields bordering the Bosne River near Dolovi (Ilidza) yielded five new species for my Bosnia list including Common Crane (Grus grus), Common Redshank (Tringa totanus), Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica), Yellow Wagtail (Motacilla flava) and Linnet (Carduelis cannabina). 

     The mixed flock working the manure at the road edge included 60 White wagtails (Motacilla alba) and the Yellow Wagtails that included at least 5 male M. f. feldegg  and 10 M. f. flava.

Mallard - Anas platyrhynchos     7
Gray Heron - Ardea cinerea     3
Common Crane - Grus grus     8
Northern Lapwing - Vanellus vanellus     15
Green Sandpiper - Tringa ochropus     2
Common Redshank - Tringa totanus     1
Common Wood-Pigeon - Columba palumbus     1
Green Woodpecker - Picus viridis     1
Eurasian Magpie - Pica pica     4
Hooded Crow - Corvus cornix     8
Common Raven - Corvus corax     2
Sky Lark - Alauda arvensis     5
Barn Swallow - Hirundo rustica     3     Migratory push today. 3 seen at a distance, but no question what they were.
Common Chiffchaff - Phylloscopus collybita     1
Song Thrush - Turdus philomelos     1
Mistle Thrush - Turdus viscivorus     1
European Starling - Sturnus vulgaris     40
Western Yellow Wagtail (Blue-headed) - Motacilla flava flava/beema     10     A mixed flock of wagtails, pipits and linnets. There were unquestionably at least 5 feldegg and 10 or so neutral gray-headed, presumably ssp. flava. There were a couple of intermediate darker gray individuals.
Western Yellow Wagtail (Black-headed) - Motacilla flava feldegg     5     Solid black crowned feldegg - no superciliary.
White Wagtail (alba) - Motacilla alba alba     60
Meadow Pipit - Anthus pratensis     3
Water Pipit - Anthus spinoletta     5
Common Chaffinch - Fringilla coelebs     2
European Goldfinch - Carduelis carduelis     3
Eurasian Linnet - Carduelis cannabina     3
Eurasian Tree Sparrow - Passer montanus     25

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