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Tree Pipit: back from Africa

BaumpieperA remembrance of a song, beautiful and both familiar and strange. It took a while until I got the clue. It was a Tree Pipit (Anthus trivialis) singing in a woodland in the heath on sunday. Singing now south of Berlin, seen 20 days ago in Cameroon. There the subspecies trivialis was still fairly common near the Ngaoundaba Ranch on the Adamawa Plateau of middle Cameroon in the beginning of April. Other migrant WP-birds were Eurasian Hoopoe (Upupa epops), Great Reed-Warbler (Acrocephalus arundinaceus), Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla) and many Whinchats (Saxicola rubetra).

The Tree Pipit is a small passerine bird which breeds across most of Europe. It is an nondescript species, similar to the Meadow Pipit (Anthus pratensis). The Tree Pipit is brown with streakings above and has black markings on a white belly and buff breast below. It can be distinguished from the slightly smaller Meadow Pipit by its heavier bill and greater contrast between its buff breast and white belly. Tree pipits more readily perch in trees in comparison Continue reading Tree Pipit: back from Africa

Frühlingsboten: Balzgesang bei Singvögeln

DorngrasmückeDie Vielfalt der Vogelstimmen ist geradezu überwältigend, denn jede Vogelart hat ihren eigenen, unverwechselbaren Gesang. Damit die Strophen auch möglichst weit hörbar sind, müssen sie zum einen laut genug sein, zum anderen sollten sie möglichst aus einer erhöhten Position vorgetragen werden. Vogelarten, die wie die Lerchen ursprünglich in baumlosen Steppenlandschaften beheimatet waren, tragen daher ihre Gesangsstrophen vorwiegend im Flug vor. Auch Baumpieper (Anthus trivialis), Girlitz (Serinus serinus), Birkenzeisig (Acanthis cabaret),  Vögel also, die in der offenen Kulturlandschaft leben, führen Balzflüge vor, während sie singen. Dies gilt auch für die Dorngrasmücke (Sylvia communis). Andere Grasmücken (Sylvia sp.) und auch die Braunkehlchen (Saxicola rubetra), die im dichten Buschwerk ihr Zuhause haben, veranstalten während der Balz von Zeit zu Zeit Luftspiele, um auch optisch auf sich aufmerksam zu machen.

Vögel, die im dichten Wald leben, wie Buchfinken (Fringilla coelebs), Gimpel (Pyrrhula pyrrhula) und Continue reading Frühlingsboten: Balzgesang bei Singvögeln

Gesang: Singvögel bei der Balz

BlaukehlchenGesang ist die wohl verbreitete Art der Partneranlockung unter Vögeln. Das Blaukehlchen (Luscinia svecica) des Fotos hatte sein Revier entlang eines Entwässerungskanals bezogen und schmetterte sein Lied in die frische, morgendliche
Frühlingsluft. Auch die Feldlerche als ganz früher Frühlingsbote ist ein bekannter – wenn auch zunehmend seltenerer – Sänger.

Im Gegensatz zu den Rufen, die beide Geschlechter hervorbringen und das ganze Jahr über zu hören sind, wird der Reviergesang meist nur von den Männchen zur Paarungszeit vorgetragen. Wenn mit dem beginnenden Frühjahr Continue reading Gesang: Singvögel bei der Balz

Bearded Tits south of Berlin

Bartmeise, Although the capital of Germany, Berlin has a lot to offer in terms of nature, too. In addition to the natural richness this is a legacy of the division of Germany, which has prevented the city´s spread after the end of the 2nd World War like in no other city. This means, that even today you often have to pass the city limits only in order to stand in the middle of nature. One of these areas is the Nature Park “Lowlands of Nuthe and Nieplitz”. The small rivers Nuthe and Nieplitz are located south-west of Berlin and form Continue reading Bearded Tits south of Berlin

Bartmeisen am Blankensee, Brandenburg

BartmeiseVon den kleinen Flachlandflüssen Nuthe und Nieplitz wird südwestlich von Berlin eine einzigartige Niederungslandschaft begrenzt. Ein besonderes Vogelparadies ist mitten drin der flache (nur ca. 60cm tiefe) Blankensee, der über einen ausgedehnten Röhrichtgürtel verfügt. Dieser soll angeblich bis zu 300 Meter breit sein. Verschiedene Rohrsängerarten (Acrocephalus sp.), Blaukehlchen (Luscinia svecica) und Bartmeisen (Panurus biarmicus) besiedeln den See. Ein Bohlensteg mitten Continue reading Bartmeisen am Blankensee, Brandenburg

Irish Bird Trip to the Frankfurt area in Germany; 16thMay-19th May 2014

Black KiteWe flew in from Kerry airport Ireland and landed at Hahn to met by Johannes Ferdinand from Bird-Lens our bird guide.  During our stay we had no rain, some cloud in the mornings and plenty of sunshine all day. We saw a total of 113 birds including lifers Marsh Warbler (Acrocephalus palustris), Wood Warbler (Phylloscopus sibilatrix), Middle Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos medius), Eurasian Eagle-Owl (Bubo bubo), and adult Black-necked or Eared Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis), European Pied Flycatcher (Ficedula hypoleuca) and Bluethroat (Luscinia svecica). Johannes had organised our trip to Continue reading Irish Bird Trip to the Frankfurt area in Germany; 16thMay-19th May 2014

Birding around Frankfurt Airport – Kuehkopf-Knoblochsaue

Eurasian Golden-Oriole, maleFrankfurt Airport (FRA) is the gateway to continental Europe. Many airlines use the Airport as a hub for connecting flights all over the world. If you have spare time between two flight and you are a birdwatcher, you might be interested to know, where you can find good places to stretch your legs, enjoy fresh air and enjoy birding for typical european birds.

One of these sites is the best riparian forest 60 km south of Frankfurt, called Kuhkopf or in Continue reading Birding around Frankfurt Airport – Kuehkopf-Knoblochsaue

Observations of a Great Reed-Warbler in the Rhine Valley

DrosselrohrsängerBased on a message in Ornitho.de in the beginning of May I when visited the Schiersteiner water works in the vicinity of Wiesbaden in the Rheingau region. This area is about 50 km west from the Frankfurt city center. A singing Reed Warbler had been seen. Maybe a nice photo opportunity. Shortyl after arrival at least one individual of an intensively singing Great Reed-Warbler was found . The individual was singing all the time – as shown in the photo. It showed-up repeatedly on the high stalks ends of last year’s reeds in a water pond called “the Lagoon”. The water body is easily detected from the flood dike. The shooting Continue reading Observations of a Great Reed-Warbler in the Rhine Valley

Nachweis des Drosselrohrsänger (Acrocephalus arundinaceus) am Mittelrhein

DrosselrohrsängerAm 05.05.14 konnte auf Grundlage einer Meldung in Ornitho.de bei einem Besuch der Schiersteiner Wasserwerke in der Umgebung von Wiesbaden im Rheingau ca. 50 km westlich vom Frankfurt Stadtmitte mindestens ein singender Drosselrohrsänger entdeckt werden. Es konnten einige Fotobelege gemacht werden. Aktuell – zumindest bis vor 2 Tagen – ist mindestens Continue reading Nachweis des Drosselrohrsänger (Acrocephalus arundinaceus) am Mittelrhein

Birds in courtship and singing behaviour

Great Reed-WarblerWith the beginning of spring, the days get longer and the birds awaken to seemingly new life. For the males now the time of the highest activity begins. Everyone is keen to conquer a territory and find a mate. For this purpose, the birds have developed a variety of optical and acoustic methods, and specific behaviors in the course of their evolutionary history.

Singing is probably the most common type of attracting a mate among birds. In contrast to the calls produced by both sexes and which can be heard all year, singing is usually presented only by the males during the mating season. Many of our native birds here in Germany, such as Robins, Tits or Blackbirds start to sing already in late winter. Thus they are among the most striking signs of spring. Then gradually new voices add to the concert Continue reading Birds in courtship and singing behaviour

Caspian Seashore & Volga delta in May

Squacco HeronBird richness on the northern shore of the Caspian Sea is amazing. Caspian Sea is counted the largest inland body of water in the world. More than 100 rivers provide inflow to the Caspian, with the Volga River being the largest. Pristine floodplain forests, flooded grasslands to the horizon, eagles on almost every tree. A trip to the lowlands south of Astrakhan in southern Russia is not easy due to the distances and border formalities. But the only alternative is a trip to the Danube delta. To ease preparation, it was decided to participate in a guided trip in the first half of May 1998 to Volga delta. After that, the trip continued to the hill – lakes region and the feather grass steppe and the semi-desert north-west of Astrakhan.

In the Volga delta we stayed in Damtschik Continue reading Caspian Seashore & Volga delta in May

Wolgadelta im Mai – Erfahrungen von Zug- und Brutvögeln

Whiskered Tern flying over youngWeite ursprüngliche Auenwälder, überschwemmte Wiesen bis zum Horizont, Seeadler auf jedem Baum. Wo gibt es das – noch dazu in Europa? Dazu fährt man entweder ins Donaudelta oder noch viel weiter. Eine Gruppenreise führte in der ersten Hälfte des Monats Mai 1998 ins Wolgadelta südlich von Astrachan im südlichen Russland. Danach wurden die Hügel-Seen-Region und die Federgrassteppe westlich sowie die Halbwüste nordwestlich von Astrachan angesteuert.

Der Tagesablauf in Damtschik an den 4 Tagen sah so aus. Um 5:45 aufstehen, dann kurz balancierend auf Holzbohlen zum Frühstück. Nach dem Frühstück Continue reading Wolgadelta im Mai – Erfahrungen von Zug- und Brutvögeln

Birding around Frankfurt Airport – Wagbachniederung:

Purple HeronFrankfurt Airport (FRA) is the gateway to continental Europe. Many airlines use the Airport as a hub for connecting flights all over the world. If you are coming from Frankfurt Airport and heading down to the south for e.g. Munich or Stuttgart or the Black Forest, you might consider to squeeze in a morning of birding you might have a look at the wagbachniederung. Here you can walk, enjoy some fresh air and enjoy birding for typical european birds.

One of these sites is the best riparin woods 110 km south of Frankfurt, called The “Wagbachniederung” . This location is situated on the right bank of the Rhine at Waghaeusel southeast of Speyer between Mannheim and Karlsruhe. The Wagbachniederung was formerly a loop of the Rhine, which was separated from the main Continue reading Birding around Frankfurt Airport – Wagbachniederung: