Sunday, March 29, 2009

Slovakian Birds

I have just returned from guiding two groups of birders in the forests and mountains of south-east Slovakia. It was still winter in places there, with snow above 800m and the occasional icy-wind making things hard. But we worked the best habitats and managed to see some great birds: several Ural and Pygmy Owls, 8 species of woodpecker, Golden Eagle, Hazel Grouse and Nutcracker. Flocks of Hawfinches were everywhere and a really special sight was a roost of 10s of 1000s of Bramblings.  

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