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Carolinakrickente im Jahr 2014

Carolinakrickente, Amerik. Krickente,Die im Blog vom 25. März 2014 beschriebene Carolinakrickente (Anas carolinensis) – oder Amerikanische Krickente – aus Nordamerika ist nun im Journal „Seltene Vögel in Deutschland 2014“ (s. S 7) beschrieben worden. Dabei wurde zusammen gestellt, daß diese nahe Verwandte unserer  Krickente (Anas crecca) auch an anderen Orten in Deutschland gemeldet wurde. So in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern vom 1.-9.11.2014 sowie am 26.11.2014 vor dem Wampener Riff im Kreis Vorpommern-Greifswald, und in Schleswig-Holstein vom 13.-15.5.2014 im Oldensworter Vorland, Kreis Nordfriesland, sowie am 6.6.2013 im Hauke-Haien-Koog und am 7.6.2013 im Beltringharder Koog (beide Kreis Nordfriesland). Trotz des geringen zeitlichem und räumlichem Abstands soll es sich bei den beiden Vögeln im Juni um verschiedene Individuen gehandelt haben.

In den Rieselfeldern war die Art seit mindestens dem 16.03.14 auf dem Teich E1 zu sehen. Die männliche Carolinakrickente hielt Continue reading Carolinakrickente im Jahr 2014

Waterfowl Spring migration on the flooded meadows of the river Oder/ Germany

SchnatterenteAlready several sites for nature protection with excellent birding ops in Brandenburg has been presented. One of these sites is a protected nature area in the Havellaendisches Luch or the Guelper See. If you have spare time between two tourist attractions in Germany´s sprawling capital Berlin you might be interested as a birdwatcher to know, where you can find good places to enjoy fresh air and relax with birding for typical European birds. Berlin, the capital of Germany is a top tourist destination and easy to reach by air or car. So the city is a great place to combine a city trip with a birding excursion.

One of these sites is a National Park in Oder valley (Polish: Odra). The Oder is a river in Central Europe which rises in the Czech Republic and ultimately flows into the Szczecin Lagoon of the Baltic Sea. The National Park Lower Oder protects a flood plain, the last still intact in large parts of the estuary of Central Europe with its adjacent slopes, mixed deciduous forests and dry grasslands.

April demonstrated spring time with pleasant temperatures, a pleasant southern wind and usually sunshine. The first weekend provided a significant boost in migratory birds. Especially thrushes – including the first Ring Ouzels (Turdus torquatus) were Continue reading Waterfowl Spring migration on the flooded meadows of the river Oder/ Germany

Beste Beobachtungsgebiete im Winter auf Texel

StockenteTagelang hatte es geregnet. Der Ausflug über Sylvester auf die südlichste der westfriesischen Inseln schien sich als Reinfall zu entpuppen. Dann nach 3 Tagen klarte es gegen Abend auf. Ein phantastisches Abendrot kündigte eine sternenklare Nacht an. In dieser Nacht ohne schützende Wolkendecke fielen die Temperaturen auf deutlich unter Null. Die Feuchtigkeit an Gräsern und Zweigen gefror. Der nächste frühe Morgen mit seinem Eiskristallen, Reif und Eisflächen verzauberte den Besucher dieser Insel und entschädigte ihn für die voran gegangenen Tage, die doch mehr oder weniger in der warmen Stube verbracht wurden. Stacheldrahtzäune waren eisbedeckt und glitzerten in den verschiedensten Farben in der prallen Morgensonne. Bald würde das Schauspiel mit der wärmenden Sonne vorbei sein. Jetzt mußten die richtigen Motive schleunigst gefunden werden.

Eigentlich war ich über Sylvester nach Texel gefahren, um die Wintergäste beobachten und fotografieren. Als Übernachtungsort auf der Insel wählte ich Oost, da sich die meisten Vögel im Nordosten der Insel aufhalten. Hier gibt es auch einige Seen und Gräben, an denen sich die Vögel vom Auto gut beobachten lassen. Direkt in der Nähe von Oost in Richtung Continue reading Beste Beobachtungsgebiete im Winter auf Texel

Birding around Berlin: The Guelper See

SaatgansBerlin might not sound like a birdwatcher’s paradise but the capital of Germany offers surprisingly good birding. Berlin is already a top tourist destination. But it is a great place to combine a city trip with a birding excursion, too. Many airlines use the Airport of Berlin, but it is possible to take a flight to Frankfurt/ Main as well and drive with a rented car in roughly half a day.

If you have spare time between two tourist attractions and are a birdwatcher, you might be interested to know, where you can find good places to bird for typical European birds. One of these sites to mention is the lake of Guelper See in the west of the State of Brandenburg. The small village of Guelpe, south of the Continue reading Birding around Berlin: The Guelper See

Birding around Frankfurt Airport – NSG Lampertheimer Altrhein

Schwarzer MilanFrankfurt 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 some more spare time but only 2 hours between two flights, 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 German Kuehkopf. The nature reserve (in German: Naturschutzgebiet or NSG Kuehkopf-Knoblochsaue) is the largest in Hesse, with Continue reading Birding around Frankfurt Airport – NSG Lampertheimer Altrhein

Moorhen chases Snipe at Rieselfelder Munster

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Migration season starts in Germany right now. One of the best places to see especially the early fall migrants – the waders – is the old sewage farm in the north of Muenster, called Rieselfelder Munster. Early morning, 6:30 am. Still dawn. Haze over the water and I am watching through a well located hide here on the edge of the best lagoon, called E1. Waders are my main interest, but I would not complain, if an early Spotted Crake (Porzana porzana) or Continue reading Moorhen chases Snipe at Rieselfelder Munster

Green-winged Teal (Anas carolinensis) near Muenster/ North Rhine-Westphalia

Carolinakrickente, Amerik. Krickente, After a message on Ornitho.de I decided to visit the sewage farms in the north of Muenster. A Green-winged Teal, a close relative of our European Teal (Anas carolinensis) was said to stay for a few days already in Muenster. The duck was in the area of an old abandoned sewage farm. The species has been seen since at least the 16th of March on the pond named E1. From the Rhine -Ruhr region, the sewage farm is  easy to reach and the sewage ponds – the Rieselfelder Muenster – are famous to reveal rarities especially in the spring season. The area is a real birding hotspot. First, there was nothing to see but the sheer numbers of ducks. Gadwalls (Anas strepera), Continue reading Green-winged Teal (Anas carolinensis) near Muenster/ North Rhine-Westphalia

Keoladeo National Park, a paradise also for Western Palearctic birds

White-throated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis)Is it possible to combine business and birding in India? The country is large, the distance too and most business is performed in a metropolitan area – New Delhi. Although supposedly in the area of New Delhi only 250,000 people live after the Indian census of 2011, but there are at least several million in the greater Delhi area . Nature must stand back there. Nearby , however, is Keoladeo . According to wikipedia is a national park in the Indian state of Rajasthan. Keoladeo is also known as Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary or Keoladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary. The National Park is located about 50 km west of Agra near the town of Bharatpur and not too far south of the city of New Delhi, the capital of India. As a business trip to New Delhi allowed for a few days off for birding, I opted for the Keoladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary.

From Germany first the trip went to New Delhi. I stayed in the city, had four grueling days in business meetings with constantly running air conditioning in darkened rooms and then went on a weekend to my well-deserved relaxation destination, the Keoladeo National Park in Bharatpur. But before the bird’s enjoyment there are more exhausting times to cope with. Although there are only about 200 km to the Keoladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary. But they are strenuous. At least 3 hours – rather 4 hours – you are traveling on dusty, crowded highways in almost constant traffic jam. But then you’re on your final destination: in Keoladeo, India´s paradise for water birds. It is for India which for Botswana is the Okavango and the Everglades mean for America. The local population knows Keoladeo as “Ghana” . In their language the word means “forest” or “jungle”. Keoladeo was originally the private duck hunting ground of the Maharajas of Bharatpur. In the swamps many water birds from Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, China and Siberia are wintering. Supposedly over Continue reading Keoladeo National Park, a paradise also for Western Palearctic birds