Monitoring of Hostynske vrchy mountains, October 2011

Last weekend we were monitoring Hostynske vrchy mountains, particularly local national natural reserves. Our goal was to monitor unprotected near-natural forests and occurence of endangered species like eurasian three-toed woodpecker (Picoides tridactylus) or white-backed woodpecker (Dendrocopos leucotos). Despite the fact that we didn't have an opportunity to observe these endangered treecreepers, we saw many other interesting things and natural beauties, see following photos.


The forest at top border of the NR Kelcsky Javornik  The peak of Kelcky Javornik mountain  Near-natural forest at the border of the NR Kelcsky Javornik


Digged out wasp's nest in tree base, most likely done by a badger  Mushroom Hericium clathroides on fallen beech  Polypore mushroom Fomes fomentarius adapted to changed position of dead wood


Bent trunks of maples on slide-rock soil  Perennial honesty (Lunaria rediviva) surrounding ruins of the Obrany castle  Feeder for wild boars and dangerous trap for tiny birds in one

Typical feed marks of eurasian three-toed woodpecker (Picoides tridactylus)