Ein niedriger Hain mit Stieleichen (Quercus robur), der über und über mit seinen Früchten, mit nicht ganz reifen Eicheln behangen schien, war an diesem warmen, aber bedeckten August-Sommertag der Anziehungspunkt für eine Vielzahl von Vögeln. Hier konnten 10 verschiedene Singvogelarten beobachtet werden. So jagte ein Familienverband von Grauschnäppern (Muscicapa striata) immer wieder aus dem Eichenhain und dem dahinter stehenden Kiefernwald hinaus auf eine Pferdeweide. Auch die Pfosten der Weide waren gern gesehene Jagdwarten. Am Waldrand fiel wenig später auch ein junger Gartenrotschwanz (Phoenicurus phoenicurus) auf. Dafür daß der Gartenrotschwanz in der Minderzahl war, konnte er sich gegenüber den Grauschäppern (sicher mind. 8 Exemplare) ganz gut durchsetzen. Trotzdem war die Konkurrenz – auch intraspezifisch – um die beste Jagdwarte unverkennbar. Immer wieder gab es Verfolgungsjagden, die in der Mehrzahl Artgenossen galt, ansonsten aber auch schon mal eine andere Vogelart betrag. Ein adulter und ein junger Pirol (Oriolus oriolus) stellten sich dann auch ein. Im hinteren Bereich waren es Buchfinken (Fringilla coelebs) und ein junger Kernbeißer (Coccothraustes coccothraustes), die sich zwischen Continue reading Grauschnäpper und Gartenrotschwanz in Eichenhain am Waldrand
Occasionally, I drive a lonely country road along. Right beside the road a gravel pit, excavated only in the back part, can be found. The mine is located in a flat agricultural area. Scenic beauty is only revealed to the connoisseur . Many walkers or joggers therefore do not pass by. Once, I passed by with the car and parked next to an embankment. Flying Bank Swallows or Sand Martins (Riparia riparia) could be seen on and near their breeding tubes only a few meters away. They did not felt bothered Continue reading A gravel pit: home for Sand Martins
This morning all 4 species of Sylvia-Warblers which regularly occur in Germany could be seen. First the male of a Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla) showed up in the first light of this chilly but sunny morning. Then a beautiful singing individual of a Common Whitethroat (Sylvia communis) could be seen very near to a observation tower which is located on the eastern end of the old gravel pit. A Lesser Whitethroat (Sylvia curruca) showed up briefly afterwards. And finally even a silent Garden Warbler (Sylvia borin) could be seen catching a caterpillar in a dense bush.
When photographing it was obvious to see that breeding is in full swing. Singing and other territorial habits were rare and normally quite short – with the exception of the singing individual of a Common Whitethroat and a Common Nightingale (Luscinia megarhynchos).
A sunny morning with clear sky after several rainy days was a good reason to make the trip to that abandoned gravel pit which is now a nature reserve and try to photograph some special birds.
This early morning on a sunny day (but quite cold in the first hours) was a real pleasure – even from the point of ornithology. In addition to the shots of the Warblers, it was possible to see and photograph birds like European Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia turtur), Common Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus), Eurasian Golden-Oriole (Oriolus oriolus), Sand Martin (Riparia riparia) and Hawfinch (Coccothraustes coccothraustes). Good contributions to the bird-lens portfolio and possible to see here in the Continue reading All 4 Sylvia – Warblers in Weilbacher Kiesgrube near Frankfurt
There 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