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Birding around Frankfurt Airport – Kuehkopf-Knoblochsaue

Eurasian Golden-Oriole, maleFrankfurt 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 sites is the best riparian forest 60 km south of Frankfurt, called Kuhkopf or in Continue reading Birding around Frankfurt Airport – Kuehkopf-Knoblochsaue

Lowland birds in and around Kuehkopf

Schwarzer MilanThe nature reserve Kuehkopf-Knoblochsaue (in German: Naturschutzgebiet or NSG Kühkopf-Knoblochsaue) is one of the best sites of riparian forest along the river Rhine. The reserve is the largest protected area in Hesse, with 2,369 hectares. It is located on the right bank of the upper Rhine. Towns nearby are Leeheim, Erfelden, Stockstadt and Biebesheim all roughly 60km south of Frankfurt/ Main. The NSG comprises an artificial puncture of the former Rhine floodplain. It is characterized by islands, riparian woods and meadows. Additional features are open water areas, oxbows, mud fields, reed-beds, floodplain meadows and soft wood forest (willows and poplars) and hard wood forest (including oak and elm). The area has a bird list of about 250 species. Approx. 120 species of birds breed here.

With fellow ornithologists I organized another birding walk along the banks of the Rhine at Kühkopf a few weeks ago. The goal was to see various species of water birds, the first migratory Continue reading Lowland birds in and around Kuehkopf

Wasservögel auf dem Oberrhein

Black KiteMit befreundeten Ornithologen organisierte ich vor einigen Wochen eine weitere Vogelbeobachtung zu Fuß entlang des Ufers des Rheins am Kühkopfs. Das Ziel war es, verschiedene Wasservogelarten, die ersten Zugvögel des Frühjahrs und die letzten Wintergäste zu sehen. Wir hofften, vor Ort einige der ersten Rauchschwalben (Hirundo rustica) zu beobachten. Wie in den vorangegangenen Tagen und Wochen war es angenehm und meist sonnig. Letztes Jahr war es zu der gleichen Zeit noch sehr kalt gewesen. Das Frühjahr hatte sich verzögert. Der Spaziergang begann mit einer schönen Beobachtung eines Schwarzer Milan (Milvus migrans) , der direkt über Continue reading Wasservögel auf dem Oberrhein