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Das Rebhuhn in der Eifel

RebhuhnEnde August ist die Zeit um auf dem Kaaner Feld im Maifeld in der östlichen Eifel Mornellregenpfeifer (Eudromias morinellus) auf einer Zugrast mitten im mitteleuropäischen Binnenland zu sehen. Noch hat sich dichter Nebel über die Hochebene südlich von Mayen gelegt. Die Zeit der Warterei wird mir durch einen Trupp Rebhühner (Perdix perdix) verkürzt. Eine Familie läuft im Nebel auf einem Acker. Einige Jungtiere sind noch schön von den Erwachsenen zu unterscheiden. Sie sind auf dem Acker bei Nahrungssuche zu fotografieren und lassen sich von dem Fotografen im Auto nicht weiter stören. Später konnte ich dann doch noch die Mornellregenpfeifer etwas weiter, nämlich in der Feldflur bei Einig, ebenfalls im Maifeld, beobachten. Damals hatte ich den Rebhühnern gar nicht so viel Beachtung geschenkt. Aber im Nachhinein – mit 12 Jahren – zeitlicher Distanz muß man wohl sagen, daß die Rebhühner der eigentliche Höhepunkt dieses schönen Spätsommertages waren.

Rebhühner teilen ein hartes Leben mit vielen anderen Vögeln der offenen Feldflur. Die intensiven landwirtschaftlichen Steppen geben ihnen keinen Lebensraum mehr. Im Westen Deutschlands scheint die Situation noch etwas besser zu sein, was insofern interessant ist, als daß die Grauammer (Miliaria calandra) – ebenfalls ein typischer Continue reading Das Rebhuhn in der Eifel

Searching for Eurasian dotterel on migration through Middle Europe

MornellregenpfeiferThe Eurasian dotterel (Charadrius morinellus) is a member of the plover family which migrates from northern Europe, where it breeds, to North Africa, where it winters. In the Middle Rhine area (Rhineland-Palatinate and Hesse) the Eurasian dotterel was considered to be a rare vagrant until recently. Only through systematic migration surveys, a large number of records were discovered of this species. The (re)discovery required the migration status to be set by Rhineland-Palatinate ornithologists from ‘accidentally’ to ‘regular passage’. The main migration period is during late August and early September. But observations are both from return migration as well as from the fall migration to the wintering areas. Springtime observations are significantly less often counted than the fall findings. Spring migration occurs during the period between mid-April to mid-May. The species prefers open habitats in elevated locations like hilly plateaus. Only rarely the pretty small Eurasian Dotterel be discovered by accident. The Eurasian Dotterel (Charadrius morinellus) shows a strong preference for grubbed stubble fields. In the Continue reading Searching for Eurasian dotterel on migration through Middle Europe

The Dotterel – migration pattern in Germany in autumn 2015

MornellregenpfeiferOnly during migration you will find this cute, little bird of the high Arctic in Germany. The charismatic Eurasian Dotterel (Charadrius morinellus or Eudromias morinellus) has now a loyal fan base, which explores specifically known staggering sites from mid-August for a few week. A good option is, to look for additionally for appropriatec locations in the open, hilly landscape.  Whereas in spring especially the coastal areas are preferred. In contrast in autumn Dotterel show a preference for locations far inland. To find these interesting birds, you should pay attention to some basic insights. On the one hand there is a pronounced seasonality.

From around the middle of August it is worthwhile to look for a few weeks to see this bird on its famous resting places in the open landscape. Experiences with the observations on the staggering areas in autumn 2015, however, were rather disappointing for Germany. With good 1,100 resting birds as the sum of all reported staggering days the occurrence was weaker than in previous years. Compared to the maximum during fall migration 2014 there Continue reading The Dotterel – migration pattern in Germany in autumn 2015

Where to find Eurasian dotterel on migration in Germany

MornellregenpfeiferA Eurasian dotterel (Charadrius morinellus or Eudromias morinellus) is a cute little bird of the northern landscapes of Scandinavia. The Dotterel is a member of the plover family which migrates between the breeding grounds in northern Europe to North Africa, where it winters. In a roosting place they often behave quite familiar and usually persist even on a few meters distance. However, larger flocks are sometimes shy and fly away even in case of low interference. In spring especially coastal areas are preferred. In fall Eurasian dotterel show-up at resting areas sometimes far inland. To find these interesting birds, you should obey to some findings.

Preferred habitat is usually characterized by open, exposed areas with short vegetation. A convincing reminiscent of Scandinavian countryside. In the cultural landscape with its large-scale agricultural Continue reading Where to find Eurasian dotterel on migration in Germany