The 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
Ein Vogel der hohen Arktis ist der Mornellregenpfeifer (Charadrius morinellus oder Eudromias morinellus). Nicht zuletzt aufgrund seines „putzigen“ Aussehens ist dieser nette kleine Vogel, der im Herbst aus den nördlichen Brutgebieten Skandinaviens nach Süden zieht, eine Art, auf die Vogelbeobachter achten. Im Frühjahr werden vor allem die Küstengebiete bevorzugt. Im Herbst zeigen sich Mornellregenpfeifer an Rastplätzen manchmal weit im Landesinneren. Um diese interessante Vögel zu finden, sollte man auf einige grundlegenden Erkenntnisse achten. Zum einen ist da die ausgesprochene Saisonalität zu nennen.
Ab ca. Mitte August lohnt es sich für einige Wochen ihn gezielt an seinen bekannten Rastplätzen zu erleben oder auch an vom Lebensraum her geeignet erscheinenden weiteren Orten in der offenen Feldlandschaft zu suchen. Die Erfahrungen mit den Beobachtungen an den Rastplätzen im Herbst 2015 waren jedoch für Deutschland eher enttäuschend. Mit gut 1.100 Rastvögeln als Continue reading Herbstzug 2015 des Mornellregenpfeifers
Only 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
A 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