10-21.9.2019: Back to the Hornád

Košice Patch Birding


Still very little happening on the patch these days. Every time I visit, two large sparrowhawks are harrying big flocks of fieldfares, tits and finches from one side of the field to the other, barely giving them a moment’s piece.

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The sheer wariness of the local birds means that there is little to see, not even many spotted flycatchers, usually the early autumn staple of the patch.


Once again, the most exciting find on the patch was more terrestrial, this time an Adder crossing the path at the top of the rise below the meadow.

Together with Grass, Aesculapian and Dice Snakes, this means that there are four species of snake active on the patch; I only need to find a Slow Worm and a Smooth Snake for the full Slovak set.

Because of this prolonged dry spell on the patch, I’m spending more time these days looking…

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