25.5-2.6.2019 : Late spring review

Košice Patch Birding

Rači Potok, Košice, Slovakia, 1.6.2019

I was on a visit to Scotland at the start of May and, as is customary, got sick as a dog shortly after coming back to Slovakia. Either I am allergic to my home country or those tough Scots germs are just too much for me these days. Unfortunately, it meant that I missed two of the most crucial weeks of birding on the patch, the weeks where I have seen interesting visitors like last year’s river warbler or 2017’s grasshopper warbler.

But when I headed for the patch last weekend, I was still hopeful that I would see something and I was not disappointed. The patch was heavy and overgrown after the continuous rain of recent weeks and it was difficult to see anything through the thick foliage, but above the little dam I could hear a quail singing with that popping sound it has. At least two were…

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