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Tree Pipit: back from Africa

BaumpieperA remembrance of a song, beautiful and both familiar and strange. It took a while until I got the clue. It was a Tree Pipit (Anthus trivialis) singing in a woodland in the heath on sunday. Singing now south of Berlin, seen 20 days ago in Cameroon. There the subspecies trivialis was still fairly common near the Ngaoundaba Ranch on the Adamawa Plateau of middle Cameroon in the beginning of April. Other migrant WP-birds were Eurasian Hoopoe (Upupa epops), Great Reed-Warbler (Acrocephalus arundinaceus), Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla) and many Whinchats (Saxicola rubetra).

The Tree Pipit is a small passerine bird which breeds across most of Europe. It is an nondescript species, similar to the Meadow Pipit (Anthus pratensis). The Tree Pipit is brown with streakings above and has black markings on a white belly and buff breast below. It can be distinguished from the slightly smaller Meadow Pipit by its heavier bill and greater contrast between its buff breast and white belly. Tree pipits more readily perch in trees in comparison Continue reading Tree Pipit: back from Africa

Rotkehlpieper-Zugtag am Roten Meer

RotkehlpieperDie Sonne ist gerade erst seit 3 Stunden am Horizont erschienen. Trotzdem ist es schon richtig heiß. Vom Frühstück in einer Hotelanlage am ägyptischen Roten Meer kommend, drehen wir – wie immer – erst mal unsere Inspizierrunde. Dabei sehen wir wieder die beiden Kampfläufer (Calidris pugnax) und auch den einen Spornkiebitz (Vanellus spinosus) mitten in der Hotelanlage auf dem gleichen Rasen wie vor 5 Tagen. Als wir dann wieder an den freien Rassenflächen zurücklaufen, sage ich noch „… außer Schafstelzen haben wir noch keine weiteren Vögel auf dem Gras gesehen. Vor allem keine Pieper“. Das ist gerade gesagt, da sehen wir beide 2 breitstreifig gemusterte kompakte Pieper. Es sind Rotkehlpieper (Anthus cervinus). Eines der Vögel hat noch eine richtig rote Kehle. Super, die muß ich gleich noch Continue reading Rotkehlpieper-Zugtag am Roten Meer

Young Whinchat on summer morning

BraunkehlchenA fresh morning. Thick layers of fog are lying over the wetlands of the Nuthe floodplain south of Berlin. The weather forecast was perfect and everywhere there were numerous motives. So I took advantage of every free minute in the morning to be outside. The meadows along the river offer a diverse habitat structure. One family of Whinchats (Saxicola rubetra) with at least 2 juveniles were seen in uncut grassland. I placed the car not far from a pole inside the meadow, hoping a young Whinchat, I had seen before, to return. After a while the recently fledged Whinchat really returned to the pole. In the first morning light, it started to preen and stretch the wings. Obviously it wanted to get rid of their youngster’s feather dress. Successful, as it seems. With a surprised look, the young Whinchat looked after the flying plume.

The area south of Berlin has a lot to offer in terms of nature. In addition to the natural richness this is a legacy of the division of Germany, which has prevented the city´s spread after the end of the 2nd World War like in no other city. This means, that even today you often have to pass the city limits only in order to stand in the middle of nature. One of these areas is the Continue reading Young Whinchat on summer morning

Frühlingsboten: Balzgesang bei Singvögeln

DorngrasmückeDie Vielfalt der Vogelstimmen ist geradezu überwältigend, denn jede Vogelart hat ihren eigenen, unverwechselbaren Gesang. Damit die Strophen auch möglichst weit hörbar sind, müssen sie zum einen laut genug sein, zum anderen sollten sie möglichst aus einer erhöhten Position vorgetragen werden. Vogelarten, die wie die Lerchen ursprünglich in baumlosen Steppenlandschaften beheimatet waren, tragen daher ihre Gesangsstrophen vorwiegend im Flug vor. Auch Baumpieper (Anthus trivialis), Girlitz (Serinus serinus), Birkenzeisig (Acanthis cabaret),  Vögel also, die in der offenen Kulturlandschaft leben, führen Balzflüge vor, während sie singen. Dies gilt auch für die Dorngrasmücke (Sylvia communis). Andere Grasmücken (Sylvia sp.) und auch die Braunkehlchen (Saxicola rubetra), die im dichten Buschwerk ihr Zuhause haben, veranstalten während der Balz von Zeit zu Zeit Luftspiele, um auch optisch auf sich aufmerksam zu machen.

Vögel, die im dichten Wald leben, wie Buchfinken (Fringilla coelebs), Gimpel (Pyrrhula pyrrhula) und Continue reading Frühlingsboten: Balzgesang bei Singvögeln

Gesang: Singvögel bei der Balz

BlaukehlchenGesang ist die wohl verbreitete Art der Partneranlockung unter Vögeln. Das Blaukehlchen (Luscinia svecica) des Fotos hatte sein Revier entlang eines Entwässerungskanals bezogen und schmetterte sein Lied in die frische, morgendliche
Frühlingsluft. Auch die Feldlerche als ganz früher Frühlingsbote ist ein bekannter – wenn auch zunehmend seltenerer – Sänger.

Im Gegensatz zu den Rufen, die beide Geschlechter hervorbringen und das ganze Jahr über zu hören sind, wird der Reviergesang meist nur von den Männchen zur Paarungszeit vorgetragen. Wenn mit dem beginnenden Frühjahr Continue reading Gesang: Singvögel bei der Balz

Heidevogelarten in Brandenburg

Eurasian HoopoeBrandenburg, eines der neuen Bundesländer, ist viel stärker von kontinentalen Klima geprägt als die westlichen Landesteile, wo ich wohne.  Außerdem ist dieses Bundesland an der polnischen Grenze weniger dicht besiedelt. Ein guter Grund einige Landesteile Vogelparadiese zu nennen.  Brutpaare der selten gewordenen Raubwürger (Lanius excubitor) leben hier im Osten in guter Zahl. Die Raubwürger waren der Hauptgrund eine Reise Continue reading Heidevogelarten in Brandenburg

Birding around Frankfurt Airport – Schwanheimer Duene

Eurasian Golden-OrioleThere are not too many foreign birdwatchers coming to the middle of Germany for just birding. But 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 places to stretch your legs, enjoy fresh air and enjoy birding for typical european birds. One of these places is only 15 minutes away from the Frankfurt Airport. This is the Schwanheimer Duene (Dunes of Schwanheim) located in a southern outskirt of Frankfurt. In so far, the area is more or less the same distance than the Langener Waldseen. But whereas these lakes, situated just 2 km east of the runway of Frankfurt AP, are a highly frequented recreation area in summertime, the Schwanheimer Duene is especially good in spring and summer. Thus an excellent alternative to the Langener Waldseen which are very productive in wintertime.

The Schwanheimer Duene is one of the few inland dunes in Europe. It was established after the last ice age of sands that have been blown out of the riverbed of the River Main. Then, a forest grew on it. In the last century farmers cleared the forest and put on cherry meadows. Several dry periods ended these attempts in the second half of the 19th Century. The dune devasted and started to wander. Between 1882 and 1890 the dune moved aground to its present location.

Following the desolation a  typical plant community of inland dune developed, which can be encountered up to nowadays. This plant community is called Continue reading Birding around Frankfurt Airport – Schwanheimer Duene

Fall migration at the Black Sea Coast/ Romania

Spectacular numbers of Pallid Harrier, Circus macrourus, and Red-footed Falcon, Falco vespertinus, were the highlight of the first day. Having spent 3 days in May north of Constanta at Romania´s Black Sea coast, it was decided to try our luck with birds again in the area around the village of Vadu. The target was, to increase the birdlist and to look what differences in the bird diversity we could experience. South of the Danube Delta is wide stretch of a sandy shoreline with shallow lagoons. This is part of Romania´s Black Sea coast. September– like May – is migration time. Whereas the association of the east Romanian countryside is normally with the core Danube Delta with its special birds like Pelicans, Black-necked and Red-necked Grebes, Glossy Ibises, Spoonbills, the stretch of coast just south of the Danube Delta up to the northern city limits of Constanta is an excellent birding spot not only for migrating birds, too. Two dedicated bird photographers went for the countryside area near of Vadu at the sandy coast in the 3rd week of September 2012. The area called Dobrudja with its steppe habitat more to the west was neglected this time. All breeding specialities should have gone already.

The trip date was perfect, allowing us to see good variety of species, many of them in considerable numbers, especially raptors. We also saw waders, gulls, herons, pelicans and passerines.

The Bird Diversity we enjoyed was high; exactly 90 species of birds we found in only 2,5 days. Highlights of the tour you will find in the gallery. Among others we made photos of Black-necked Grebe, Podiceps nigricollis, Dalmatian Pelican, Pelecanus crispus, Purple Heron, Ardea purpurea, Ruddy Shelduck, Tadorna ferruginea, Common Shelduck, Tadorna tadorna, Black Kite, Milvus migrans, Western Marsh-Harrier, Circus aeruginosus, Pallid Harrier, Circus macrourus, Montagu’s Harrier, Circus pygargus, Eurasian Sparrowhawk, Accipiter nisus, Red-footed Falcon, Falco vespertinus, Eurasian Hobby, Falco subbuteo, Peregrine Falcon, Falco peregrinus, Common Quail, Coturnix coturnix, Syrian Woodpecker, Dendrocopos syriacus, Red-backed Shrike, Lanius collurio, Sedge Warbler, Acrocephalus schoenobaenus, many Willow Warblers, Phylloscopus trochilus, Common Chiffchaff, Phylloscopus collybita, lots of Blackcaps, Sylvia atricapilla, only a few Common Whitethroats, Sylvia communis, many Lesser Whitethroats, Sylvia curruca, many Spotted Flycatchers, Muscicapa striata and Red-breasted Flycatchers, Ficedula parva, good numbers of Common Redstarts, Phoenicurus phoenicurus, Whinchats, Saxicola rubetra, Northern Wheatears, Oenanthe oenanthe and a single Tawny Pipit, Anthus campestris.

This tour gave us the opportunity to witness the spectacular autumn migration Continue reading Fall migration at the Black Sea Coast/ Romania