Vineyards of Small Carpathians

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Early morning, just with the rising sun we were in the vineyards over the Dolné Orešany. There was a little fieldwork ahead us. You can spot various bird species in the vineyards that lay on the eastern slopes of Small Carpathians mountain range. This area belongs to IBA Malé Karpaty. It was very inspiring to hear all the birdsongs and observe the birds arriving to their breeding sites.

Later that same day we made a stop near small water reservoir Zadný Šúr in the outskirts of town Modra. Probably because of the dinner-time we were not so satisfied as we expected, but Black Stork or Wood Sandpipers made us happy too.

Here is the list of recorded species:
Common Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus) 15
Common Buzzard (Buteo buteo) 1
Common Pigeon (Columba livia) 3
Turtle Dove (Streptopelia turtur) 2
Wryneck (Jynx torquilla) 8
Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major) 2
Black Woodpecker (Dryocopus martius) 1
Green Woodpecker (Picus viridis) 2
Jay (Garrulus glandarius) 2
Great Tit (Parus major) 8
Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus, Parus caeruleus) 2
Common Skylark (Alauda arvensis) 3
Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus) 3
Willow Warbler (Phylloscopus trochilus) 2
Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita) 9
Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla) 20
Lesser Whitethroat (Sylvia curruca) 1
Common Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 35
Blackbird (Turdus merula) 6
Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos) 14
Robin (Erithacus rubecula) 4
Common Nightingale (Luscinia megarhynchos) 7
Black Redstart (Phoenicurus ochruros) 4
European Stonechat (Saxicola rubicola, Saxicola torquata) 2
Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus) 1
White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) 1
Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs) 8
Serin (Serinus serinus) 14
Greenfinch (Carduelis chloris) 19
Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis) 3
Linnet (Carduelis cannabina) 4
Hawfinch (Coccothraustes coccothraustes) 4
Corn Bunting (Emberiza calandra/Miliaria calandra) 1
Yellowhammer (Emberiza citrinella) 14

List of bird species of Zadný Šúr:
Common Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus) H
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 5
Black Stork (Ciconia nigra) 1
Common Buzzard (Buteo buteo) 1
Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) 1
Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus) 5
Little Ringed Plover (Charadrius dubius) 8
Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola) 23
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos) 5
Wood Pigeon (Columba palumbus)
Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)
Common Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus) H
Common Skylark (Alauda arvensis) H
Sedge Warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus) H
Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla) H
Lesser Whitethroat (Sylvia curruca) H
Common Whitethroat (Sylvia communis) H
Common Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)
Black Redstart (Phoenicurus ochruros)
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus)
Yellow Wagtail (Motacilla flava)
White Wagtail (Motacilla alba)
Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus) H
number of observed individuals is mentioned only if we were able to count them, or make an estimation; “H” means that we heard it