Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Wednesday, March 15, 2011 - 5 New Species for my BiH list

     Morning trip beginning at the large field west of the Bosne River near Dolovi settlement. The field is partially ploughed away from the road, but there is considerable standing water. I hope for waders. Today, there were 11 Gray Herons (Ardea cinerea), 3 Northern Lapwings (Vanellus vanellus) and a flock of about 12 Green Sandpipers (Tringa ochropus). A mixed flock of Water Pipits (Anthus spinoletta), White Wagtails (Motacilla alba) and a couple of Meadow Pipits (Anthus pratensis) were also there. A distant flying Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo) is only my second record for Sarajevo in three months. Two singing Song Thrushes (Turdus philomelas) were my first for BiH.

   Farther along the Bosne toward Vrelo Bosne, I spotted 3 Wood Pigeons (Columba palumbus), my first for the year and for BiH. Earlier, in the vicinity of Otes, a part if Ilidza, I saw my BiH first Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto).

    At the park, there was a lot of bird activity including two species new to my BiH list: Gray-faced Woodpecker (Picus canus), and Eurasian Treecreeper (Certhia familiaris). Here is my list for the park today:

Mallard - Anas platyrhynchos     2

Common Wood-Pigeon - Columba palumbus     3

Eurasian Collared-Dove - Streptopelia decaocto     1

Great Spotted Woodpecker - Dendrocopos major     5

Green Woodpecker - Picus viridis     1
Gray-faced Woodpecker - Picus canus     1
Eurasian Magpie - Pica pica     10
Hooded Crow - Corvus cornix     5
Common Raven - Corvus corax     2
Marsh Tit - Poecile palustris     2
Great Tit - Parus major     4
Eurasian Nuthatch - Sitta europaea     6
Eurasian Treecreeper - Certhia familiaris     2
Eurasian Wren - Troglodytes troglodytes     1
European Robin - Erithacus rubecula     2
Eurasian Blackbird - Turdus merula     4
Fieldfare - Turdus pilaris     20
Song Thrush - Turdus philomelos     5
European Starling - Sturnus vulgaris     2
White Wagtail - Motacilla alba     2
Common Chaffinch - Fringilla coelebs     5

Late in the afternoon, I spent about an hour at the small park near Stojcevic where I recorded the following species:

Mallard - Anas platyrhynchos     3

Little Grebe - Tachybaptus ruficollis     3 ( Two present here at least since early January)

Great Spotted Woodpecker - Dendrocopos major     5

Eurasian Jay - Garrulus glandarius     2

Eurasian Magpie - Pica pica     10
Eurasian Jackdaw - Corvus monedula     5
Hooded Crow - Corvus cornix     5
Marsh Tit - Poecile palustris     3
Great Tit - Parus major     5
Eurasian Blue Tit - Cyanistes caeruleus     2
Long-tailed Tit - Aegithalos caudatus     2
Eurasian Nuthatch - Sitta europaea     4
Goldcrest - Regulus regulus     2
Eurasian Blackbird - Turdus merula     3
Song Thrush - Turdus philomelos     4
Common Chaffinch - Fringilla coelebs     10
European Greenfinch - Chloris chloris     2
Eurasian Bullfinch - Pyrrhula pyrrhula     10
Hawfinch - Coccothraustes coccothraustes     1

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