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Vögel beobachten um Frankfurt: Die Mittlere Horloffaue

Common CraneDer Frankfurt Flughafen (FRA) ist das Tor zum europäischen Festland. Viele Fluggesellschaften nutzen den Flughafen als Drehkreuz für Anschlußflüge in praktisch alle Länder der Welt. Wenn Sie etwas freie Zeit zwischen zwei Flügen übrig haben und ein Vogelbeobachter sind, sind Sie vielleicht daran interessiert zu wissen, wo sich lohnenswerte Orte für die Vogelbeobachtung befinden. Da kann man dann die Beine ausstrecken, die frische Luft genießen und hat die Möglichkeit einige typische europäische Vögel zu sehen.

Eines dieser Vogelgebiete ist die Landschaft rund um das Gebiet südlich der Stadt “Hungen” weniger als 30km südöstlich von Gießen. Das Naturschutzgebiet heißt selber NSG Mittlere Horloffaue und befindet sich in einem weiten Tal, was von dem Bach Horloff durchströmt wird. Das Naturschutzgebiet „Mittlere Horloffaue“ ist eines der wichtigsten hessischen Rast- und Brutgebiete für Vogelarten, die an das Element Wasser gebunden sind. Als europäisches NATURA 2000-Gebiet hat die „Mittlere Horloffaue“ auch international eine Bedeutung. Das Naturschutzgebiet gehört zum Kern des EU-Vogelschutzgebiets „Wetterau“ und ist als Fauna-Flora-Habitat-Gebiet ausgewiesen. Die nächsten Dörfer sind Trais-Horloff und Utphe .

Das Reservat umfasst offene Wasserflächen meist mit flachen Wasserständen, Schilf, sumpfige Randbereiche und offene schlammige Flächen vor allem am Seeufer sowie dort, wo Rinder eine Weile Continue reading Vögel beobachten um Frankfurt: Die Mittlere Horloffaue

Birding around Frankfurt – Mittlere Horloffaue/ Wetterau

Common CraneFrankfurt is the financial capital of Germany. It is well known although the city limits inhabit only roughly 600,000 people. But the greater Frankfurt area of course is much more populated. If you are on business in Frankfurt and have some spare time between two meetings and you are a birdwatcher, you might be interested to know, where you can find good places to walk a bit and enjoy birding for typical european birds.

One of these sites is the countryside around the area south of the town “Hungen” less than 30km south-east of Giessen.  The nature reserve is located in the Medium Horloffaue. The next villages are Trais- Horloff and Utphe.

The reserve includes open water mostly with shallow water levels, reeds, marshes and mud banks and residues of softwood floodplain forest. It has also created a lot of extensively used agricultural area with hedges and shrubs. The area is an important stopover for migratory birds, Common Crane (Grus grus), among others, and is also a breeding Continue reading Birding around Frankfurt – Mittlere Horloffaue/ Wetterau

Birding around Frankfurt Airport: Langener Waldseen

Gavia stellata

Frankfurt 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 sites to stretch your legs, enjoy fresh air and enjoy birding for typical european birds. One of these places – only 10 minutes away from the Frankfurt Airport – are the Langener Waldseen. These artificial lakes are situated just 2 km east of the runway and are a highly frequented recreation area with an oper-air swimming area. But wintertime is quiet and goods birds – including some vagrants – can be seen on the most western lake. This lake is still an active gravel spit, thus access especially for the best site is more or less tolerated and cannot be guaranteed.

Good birds to be seen on the lake in wintertime here on a regular basis are Canada Goose (Branta canadensis), Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis), Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus), Gadwall(Anas strepera),  Common Pochard (Aythya ferina), Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula) and  Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula). At the beginning of December 2012 there was an influx of cold temperatures in Germany. Shortly after a Red-throated Loon (Gavia stellate), Smew (Mergellus albellus) ,  Common Merganser (Mergus merganser ) and a male Red-crested Pochard  (Netta rufina) as well as up to 10 Velvet Scoter  (Melanitta fusca) showed up. The woods hold all 6 species of continental woodpeckers (incl. Black, Middle-spotted and Grey-faced Woodpecker) and vast numbers of Hawfinch (Coccothraustes coccothraustes ) and Bramblings (Fringilla montifringilla) in the winter. Mistle Thrush (Turdus viscivorus) are often heard and sometimes seen in the canopy of the many pine trees.  For the last winters 1 Great Grey (Northern) Shrike (Lanius excubitor) used the area as a wintering ground. I have seen large flocks of Common Crane moving overhead in late October from this site.

For direction it is recommended to take a taxi Continue reading Birding around Frankfurt Airport: Langener Waldseen