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Gelbschnabeltaucher auf dem Diemelsee im Sauerland

GelbschnabeltaucherRichtig lausiges Wetter herrscht im Winter im Sauerland. Grauverhangen ist der Himmel; Ein Staudamm bei trübem Wetter mit tiefen Wolken in Verbindung mit Nieselregen, Wind aus Westen mit Böen, das alles bei 8 ° Celsius ist in der Regel nicht der Ort, um sich lange aufzuhalten. Aber dies ist ein Ort, um einen verirrten Gelbschnabeltaucher (Gavia adamsii) auf der deutschen Vogelliste hinzuzufügen. Gelbschnabeltaucher sind stark nachgefragte Arten für den ernsthaften Vogelbeobachter im mittleren Kontinentaleuropa. Und es ist ein großes Ereignis, wenn ein Gelbschnabeltaucher so weit im Binnenland beobachtet werden kann.

Basierend auf Berichten im Club 300 und in Ornitho.de wurden bereits Scharen von Beobachtern angelockt. Am 13. Dezember 2016 wurde auf dem Diemelsee bei Kotthausen ein jugendlicher Gelbschnabeltaucher entdeckt. Auffallend waren der gelbliche und nach oben gerichtete massive Schnabel. Das bräunlich ausgewaschen wirkende Gefieder und der beige-farbenen Kopf mit dem dunklen Ohrfleck zusammen mit dem hellen Hals ließen auf ein diesjähriges Exemplar schließen. Der Gelbschnabeltaucher treibt sich meistens in der Mitte des verbleibenden Stausees gegenüber von Kotthausen herum. Gern ist der Taucher von Westen nach Osten unterwegs – vielleicht wegen der überwiegenden Winddrift aus Westen. Von Zeit zu Zeit fliegt er zurück nach Westen, um dann wieder nach Osten zu treiben. Dazwischen wurden umfangreiche Continue reading Gelbschnabeltaucher auf dem Diemelsee im Sauerland

Yellow-billed Loon in the middle of Germany

GelbschnabeltaucherA dam in the middle of the Sauerland in Germany in hazy weather with low-lying clouds combined with drizzle, wind from the west with in gusts 4 bofors at 8 ° Celsius normally is not the place to stay and watch. But this is the place to add a vagrant Yellow-billed Loons or White-billed Divers (Gavia adamsii) on the german birdlist. Yellow-billed Loons are highly thought-after species for the serious birdwatcher of continental Europe. And it is a big event, if a Yellow-billed Loon is observed so far inland in Europe.

Starting form December 13th of 2016 a juvenile Yellow-billed Loon was detected on the Diemelsee near Kotthausen. Striking were the yellowish and upward shifted massive beak, with a striking angled lower mandible. In addition to the brownish-washed body and the light head, the dark washed ear spot and the bright neck back were striking. For the next 2 weeks, the bird obviously loved the seaside resort at the height of the lido, from which a bunch of birder could observe the diver very well. Yellow-billed Loon mainly was constantly moving from west to east – maybe due to the winddrift from west. Then it flew back to the west to drift east. In between, extensive diving phases, then resting phases, were observed. Often the head was hold under water – to search for food. Despite an injury, the Gavia adamsii is apparently in good shape. Extensive Continue reading Yellow-billed Loon in the middle of Germany

Red Kites in North Rhine-Westphalia

Red Kite in flightThe Red Kite (Milvus milvus) is a character bird of well structured landscapes with woods and forests in Central Europe. Approximately 65% ​​of the world’s population of the Red Kite (Milvus milvus) is found in Germany. Since the late 1970s, the population is declining. In the lowlands even a large-scale retreat is observed. In recent years, although a positive population development was found again, due to which the Red Kite was released from the Red List. However, it is discussed whether the downgrading of the red kite in a lower risk category compared to the red list of 1999 is not likely due to an altered system of criteria as to an change in the situation of the environment. This applies especially to the Red List in North Rhine-Westphalia. Future intensification of agriculture and the increasing use of wind energy (many red kites crash on wind turbines) probably will further put pressure on the population of the kite.

Foraging on agricultural land with a mosaic of meadows and fields is preferred. The nest, however, is found in small woods, in light wood stocks and the forest edges of larger forests. Red Kites are pretty faithful of their territory and use old nests often over many years. Typical is the lively, rocking flight of the Red Kite with a hanging hand and quite a deeply forked tail. He looks much bigger and heavier than a Common Buzzard (Buteo buteo) though he is only slightly larger with a body length of 60-70 cm. Perhaps because of the hanging wings he appears more massive. The Red Kite is also called “Gabelweihe” in german because of the forked tail.

Since about 65% of the world’s population if the Red Kite occurs in Germany, the geman state of North Rhine-Westphalia also has a special responsibility for the protection of species. The total population is estimated at 420-510 breeding pairs. In North Rhine-Westphalia, the Red Kite mainly breeds in the Weserbergland, the mountains along the river Weser, the Sauerland and in the Eifel. To the many Kites over the sky of the area of Blomberg – which is within the Weserbergland – the “Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Rotmilanfreunde Lippe” Continue reading Red Kites in North Rhine-Westphalia