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Long-tailed Tit ssp. caudatus in Germany

SchwanzmeiseA flock of Chickadees and Tits in the middle of the mountains right in the middle of Germany in hazy weather with low-lying clouds combined with drizzle, chilly wind from the west might contain white-headed Long-tailed Tits, which are normally immediately counted as Aegithalos caudatus caudatus.

The Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus) exhibits complex global variation with 19 subspecies recognized. The can be divided into three groups: the caudatus group in northern Europe and Asia. The europaeus group in southern and western Europe, north-east China, and Japan. The alpinus group is confined to Mediterranean Europe and south-west Asia.

The subspecies caudatus of the Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus)  breeds in Fenno-Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, the largest part of the former Soviet Union, parts of China and Japan, North and South Korea and Mongolia. Since the appearance of the relevant parts of field guides in european languages, this subspecies is located more westernly and southernly than indicated before. Long-tailed Tits are resident or non-migratory bird species with an invasive occurrence in some years, often finding vast numbers in the Baltic countries and in Northwest Europe.

Several subspecies of the Long-tailed Tits occur in the southern and western parts of the area of subspecies caudatus. These subspecies belong to the so-called alpinus / europaeus assemblage. The distribution area of ​​europaeus extends northwestern to Belgium, Continue reading Long-tailed Tit ssp. caudatus in Germany

Observation site for spring migration on the river Oder

SchwanzmeiseAfter having presented protected nature areas in the Havellaendisches Luch or the Guelper See, a recent blog was dealing with the Oder valley in general and The National Park Lower Oder especially. The National Park protects a flood plain, the last still intact in large parts of the estuary of Central Europe.

A rainy, cloudy Sunday led me to the river Oder. Having refueled with gasoline and a Breakfast from a gas station I decided going to Criewener polder south of Schwedt. Criewen is a small village only 3 km south of the industrial city of Schwedt and roughly 100km north-east of Berlin. The car I parked just in front the bridge on the western side channel of the Oder. I grabbed the tripod, spotting scope and the Canon 4.0 / 400 DO from the car. So I walked up to a bench not far from the crossing between the entry road from the village of Criewen and the dike. Here you really an impressive view over the whole polder with riparian woods and wide Continue reading Observation site for spring migration on the river Oder