25th November 2016, Note from Steve: I think there are about 67 confirmed sightings on the island (99% between ferry port and Jelsa) and oddly coming back from the supermarket at lunchtime another to be added but as I was driving. I couldn’t be 100% sure on the species although I would suggest it was a Snipe.
The list includes the Black-winged Stilt, - not seen by me but your friends from Stari Grad, who saw them in Vrboska twice.
I have listed Raven (didn’t see the bird, but both myself and a friend heard them in September on the old road to Hvar past Brusje).
I have sorted them in alphabetical and not in the order seen and hopefully Croatian names as best I can – feel free to come back on any glaring errors.
There have been other species seen but I am not 100% sure on ID, and I know of at least three species seen in previous years and not in this one.
I think it would be wrong to associate one year's observations with a more general picture about wildlife losses. It may be that there were no greater species numbers 10 or 20 years ago than there are now. It may be my lack of knowledge on what to expect to see here. I am really surprised as to why there have been no Woodpeckers, or at least none that I have seen. I am also surprised not to see any Winter Thrushes (Song Thrush, Redwing, Fieldfare), perhaps this is a location/milder climate thing, and they have never been resident. Seabirds are another mystery, coming out on the ferry numerous times from Split and nothing that stands out. Other than Herring Gulls and the odd Cormorant that is it. I may have been spoilt by being so close to Dawlish Warren in Devon which has a huge variety all year round. Had I had data for a much longer period I might have been able to draw some conclusions.
Alpine swift - čiopa bijela - apus melba, tachymarptis melba. Sightings: September 2016;
Black-eared wheateater - primorska bjeloguza - oenanthe hispanica
Black-headed bunting - crnoglava strnadica - emberiza melanocephala
Black-winged stilt - vlastelica - himantopus himantopus. Sightings: April 2016;
Collared dove - gugutka - streptopelia decaocto
Cormorant - veliki vranac, kormoran - phalacrocorax carbo. Video, by Branimir Devilnightmare;
Corn bunting - velika strnadica - emberiza calandra. Sightings: April 2016;
Crane - ždral - grus grus. Sightings: November 2016;
Cuckoo - kukavica - cuculus canorus. Sightings: April 2016;
Dunnock - sivi popić - prunella modularis. Sightings: March 2016;
Eagle owl (European) - buljina, sova ušara - bubo bubo. Sightings: January 2016
Garden warbler - siva grmuša - sylvia borin. Sightings: August 2016;
Golden plover - troprsti zlatar - pluvialis apricaria.
Goshawk - jastreb kokošar - family accipitridae. Sightings: August-September 2016;
Grey wagtail - gorska pastirica - motacilla cinerea. Sightings: January 2016;
Hen harrier - strnarica - circus cyaneus. Sightings: January 2017;
Herring gull - srebrnasti galeb - larus argentatus
Honey buzzard - škanjac osaš - pemis apivorus. Sightings: August-September 2016;
House martin - piljak - delichon urbica. Sightings: September 2016;
House sparrow - vrabac - passer domesticus
Icterine warbler - žuti voljić - hippolais icterina. Sightings: September 2016;
Marsh harrier - eja močvarica - circus aeruginosus. Sightings: August-September 2016;
Melodious warbler - kratkokrili voljić - hippolais polyglotta
Pheasant - fazan - phasianus coichicus
Pied wagtail - bijela pastirica - motacilla alba. Sightings: January 2016;
Pigeon - golub - family: columbidae
Raven - gavran - corvus corax
Red-backed shrike - rusi svračak - lanius collurio
Redstart - šumska crvenrepka - phoenicurus phoenicurus
Rock dove / feral pigeon - divlji golub - columba livia
Sand martin - bregunica - riparia riparia
Sardinian warbler - crnoglava grmuša - sylvia melanocephala
Scarce swallowtail - Sightings: April 2016;
Scops owl - ćuk - otus scops. Sightings: March 2016;
Short-toed eagle - Sightings: August-September 2016;
Snipe - šljuka kokošica - gallinago gallinago. Sightings: November 2016;
Spanish sparrow - španjolski vrabac - passer hispaniolensis
Spotted flycatcher - siva muharica - muscicapa striata
Subalpine warbler - bjelobrka grmuša - sylvia cantillans. Sightings: March 2016;
Tawny pipit - primorska trepteljka - anthus campestris
Tree pipit - prugasta trepteljka - anthus trivialis
Turtle dove - grlica - streptopelia turtur
Whitethroat - grmuša pjenica - sylvia communis
Woodchat shrike - riđoglavi svračak - lanius senator. Sightings: April 2016;
Wren - palčić - troglodytes troglodytes.
Yellow wagtail - žuta pastirica - motacilla flava.
© Steve Jones 2016