Monday, April 13, 2009

Czech Republic

At Brno airport possible Black Redstart, and Collared Dove. Lots of hares in the fields attracting some big birds of prey, which we nailed as IMPERIAL EAGLES as we passed through the battlefield of Austerlitz, rather appropriately.

On the journey to Uherske Hradiste (lovely rural landscapes) we also saw Marsh Harrier, House Sparrow, Song Thrush, Pheasant, Lapwing, Starling, White Stork. Passed through glorious Zhivago-style beech forests at the pass over into UH - a road much enjoyed by Motorbikers.
From Adela's flat, Goldfinch. At lake near Lednice, Great Crested Grebe, Dabchick, Coot, Pochard. At the chateau: Grey Heron, Night Heron, Blackcap, White Wagtail, Nuthatch, Chaffinch, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Red Crested Pochard, Mute Swan, Greylag Goose, GREY HEADED WOODPECKER superbly spotted by Leo and id confirmed by its 9 note song, Mallard, Kestrel.

At the lake on the way to Valtice we stopped and Lydia brilliantly saw a bird in the Vineyard which turned out to be one of a pair of HAWFINCHes.

Next day on the walk up from Buchlovice to Buchlov Castle: Black Redstart, Greater and Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers, Siskin, Willow Tit, Jay, Magpie, Robin, Tree Sparrow, Long Tailed Tit.

At Velehrad, Sparrowhawk.

At the Model Village in Roznov Pod Radhostem, ChiffChaff and CROSSBILL.

On to Prague, where in the Petrin woodlands we found Willow Warbler.

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