Just got back from the Mikulov in the Czech Republic, where I joined the Euro Bird Portal meetings, that were part of a EBAA / PECBMS workshop, hosted by the Czech Society for Ornithology. The meetings were very good and productive. It is great to know that there is such a dedicated and talented team across Europe, completely engaged in applying monitoring data into conservation. I feel privileged to be part of this family.
Mikulov is a sweet little town in southern Moravia, and I enjoyed walking through its streets and parks. I had little time for birding with Nick from BTO. Nick was very keen to see Syrian Woodpecker. I was, ehmm, less bothered about the woodpecker but just enjoyed a nice walk that was quite birdy in fact. And I did appreciate his enthusiasm to see the woodpecker. Nick managed to double score with a couple of peckers that showed well! Bring it on! Otherwise there were quite many finches around, including Hawfinch, Brambling and Siskin.
Red Squirrels are lovely animals – not easy to see in the UK but common in central Europe:
The park in Mikulov by the cemetery - birding hotspot...