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Weissschwanzkiebitz in Deutschland im Jahr 2014

WeißschwanzkiebitzDer im Blog vom 28. April 2014 beschriebene Weißschwanzkiebitz (Vanellus leucurus)  auf der Kuhweide in der Wetterau ist nun im Journal „Seltene Vögel in Deutschland 2014“ (s. S 14-15) zusammen mit anderen Vorkommen aufgeführt worden. Dabei wurde zusammengestellt, daß diese Seltenheit in Hessen auch an einigen anderen Orten gemeldet wurde. Zuerst tauchte der adulte Weißschwanzkiebitz im  NSG Mittlere Horloffaue, auf der Kuhweide bei Hungen auf. Nachdem die Art vom 26.-29.4.2014 im NSG Mittlere Horloffaue sowie am 5.5.2014 von dem Renaturierungsgebiet Par-Allna südlich von Marburg gesichtet wurde, konnte sie am 7.5.2014 in Stadtallendorf-Erksdorf (ebenfalls Kreis Marburg-Biedenkopf) beobachtet werden. Sichtungen aus Baden-Württemberg betrafen den Zeitraum vom 15.-17.Mai 2014 vom Rohrsee im Kreis Ravensburg. Es wird vermutet, daß die Beobachtungen in Hessen einem mehrfach beobachteten Individuum zuzurechnen sein dürften, das sich langsam in nördlicher Richtung bewegte. Es erscheint unwahrscheinlich, dass auch der Nachweis in Baden-Württemberg diesen Vogel betraf.

An dem Wochenende hielt sich diese Ausnahmeerscheinung zwischen anderen Limikolen und Enten in den Gräben und vor allem zwischen den Seggen entlang der Gräben des NSG Mittlere Continue reading Weissschwanzkiebitz in Deutschland im Jahr 2014

Schafstelze mit Libelle (Enallagma cyathigerum) im Schnabel

WiesenschafstelzeAuch ein ansonsten wenig erfolgreicher Fotomorgen kann noch seine ergiebigen Seiten zeigen. So geschehen an einem Sommertag am Pfaffensee, einem Naturschutzgebiet (NSG) bei Florstadt in der Wetterau. Gerade als ich nach 2 weitgehend erfolglosen Stunden zurückfahren wollte, sah ich aus dem Augenwinkel immer wieder eine flatternde Schafstelze. Es war ein Männchen der Subspezies flava, die auch Continue reading Schafstelze mit Libelle (Enallagma cyathigerum) im Schnabel

White-tailed Lapwing in Nature Reserve near Frankfurt / Main

WeißschwanzkiebitzThe bird with the scientific name Vanellus leucurus is a big attraction right now in Nature Reserve Mittlere Horloffaue near the small town of Hungen. On an area called „Kuhweide“ an adult White-tailed Lapwing (Vanellus leucurus)  could be (and still can be) observed on April 27th, 2014 just 40 km from the city center of Frankfurt / Main.

Several ornithologists had already been at the Horloffaue to observe the very rare species. This of course was a big sensation for the birders of the Rhine -Main region. When we arrived around 1:30 pm, the White-tailed Lapwing could not Continue reading White-tailed Lapwing in Nature Reserve near Frankfurt / Main

Weissschwanzkiebitz auf der Kuhweide in der Wetterau

White-tailed LapwingSeit mindestens Samstag, den 26. April 2013, hält sich inmitten des NSG Mittlere Horloffaue, auf der Kuhweide bei Hungen ein adulter Weißschwanzkiebitz (Vanellus leucurus) auf.

Auch am folgenden Sonntag hielt sich diese Ausnahmeerscheinung zwischen anderen Limikolen und Enten in den Gräben und vor allem zwischen den Seggen entlang der Gräben auf. Sie konnte heute kurz um die Mittagszeit, dann gegen 18:00 etwas ausführlicher mitten auf der kurzrasigen Weide laufend und im Flug gesehen werden. Die meiste Zeit des Tages hielt sich der Vogel versteckt Continue reading Weissschwanzkiebitz auf der Kuhweide in der Wetterau

Melodious Warbler in the lower Wetterau near Frankfurt

Melodious WarblerAfter a message on Ornitho.de – an portal for internet sightings – I visited the city of Bad Vilbel – a suburb called Massenheim- in the lower Wetterau about 20 km north from Frankfurt city. There, the reported Melodious Warbler (Hippolais polyglotta) could be discovered singing. Bird-lens was ablte to shoot some photo documents.

The slowly eastward spreading bird is increasingly present in western Germany. The Melodious Warbler normally arrives in the northern part of the distribution area in mid-April and settles  preferably in young successional stages. This warbler prefers dense vegetation with broom, blackberries, hawthorn and rosehip. These plants can be found on wasteland, former clearcuts, fallow vineyards, gravel Continue reading Melodious Warbler in the lower Wetterau near Frankfurt

Red Kites in flight with buzzards over corn fields

Red Kite low over fieldsThe last days in May were stormy days in the Vogelsberg on the edge of the Wetterau. At least 8 Red Kites (Milvus milvus) flew over 3 various nearby maize fields along with at least 25 Common Buzzard (Buteo buteo) and two Black Kites (Milvus migrans). The were flying in the upwinds very easily. Obviously they liked the windy weather with some sunshine and than dark clouds of thunderstorm very much. Such a large assembly of birds of prey, especially Red Kites in such a small area I had not seen before. From time to time, the raptors landed and caught a – not determinable – small prey and sit down among the green stalks. After a while, even a White Stork, Ciconia ciconia, appeared and searched the field for food. A great picture. The Red Kites are said to be convicted robbers to other birds by attacking them to leave their food. But this could not be observed. Certainly one hour the kites could be seen circling low over the green rows of corn field. Some individuals of the Red Kites were only 15 meters from the small country road near Ulfa away. Once the car stopped, they flew on a little further and then circled over the field.

Red Kites reach a size of 70 cm and a wingspan of about 160 cm. The breeding range of the Red Kites is limited to Central Europe in light deciduous and mixed forests of the lower mountains. Only part of the population Continue reading Red Kites in flight with buzzards over corn fields

Migratory birds herald spring

Common Cranes flying overLast weekend, you could observe heavy traffic in the skies over Frankfurt/ Germany. Although winter is not ready to lower its grip the first returning migrants already point to the imminent end of the cold season. In recent weeks, Eurasian Skylarks  (Alauda arvensis), and Northern Lapwings (Vanellus vanellus), were seen already on their return. Particularly striking are currently the Common Cranes  (Grus grus) flying in wedge-shaped formations over western Germany.  On the 9th of march you could see at least 30 individuals over the outskirts of Kelkheim/ Main-Taunus-Kreis. The southern slopes of the Taunus are one of the pathways of the western migration corridor of these tall, slender birds before they are heading further north of the Wetterau

For the Bay of Cologne, which is 200km further north located, the long-term statistical average is between 5th and 13th of March. What this mean in terms of quantity you can see by the fact that highest count in crane observation was made by the NABU Aachen (further to the west), who observed more than 8,000 cranes in the region between that time period (5th and 13th of March in 1991).

The birds spend the winter mainly in sunny Spain or France. Their main wintering area is located in the Extremadura in western Spain. There, the cranes in the clear Mediterranean oak forests searched for the fruits of holm and cork oaks. On the way back to their breeding grounds, the cranes Germany crossed on quite a narrow corridor toward the southern shores of the Baltic sea in the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.
But there are even more flocks of birds expected in the coming weeks: Blackcaps (Sylvia atricapilla), Continue reading Migratory birds herald spring

Eurasian Spoonbill in Germany

2012 might become a good year for the Eurasian Spoonbill , Platalea leucorodia, in Germay – and a good year for the birdwatcher to observe one far away from the coasts. Right now, you can see up to 8 individuals at the “Große Flutmulde” on the Bislicher Insel near Wesel/ Lower rhine valley. Another location is the nature reserve “Bingenheimer Ried” in the Wetterau near the town of Giessen/ Hessen, where one individual has been seen at least until the 19th of June 2012. The Eurasian Spoonbill is a rare breeding bird in europe with a stronghold in the northwestern part of the Netherlands (Ijsselmeer) or Germany. 46 years ago, Urs N. Glutz von Blotzheim wrote in his „Handbuch der Vögel Mitteleuropas“, Band 1. Gaviiformes – Phoenicopteriformes that only in 1962 there have been successful breeding on the island of Memmert and that Eurasian Spoonbill could be seen in Germany only on the north-western coast or – very rare – in Bavaria. Since then, western populations have increased during the last decades. But still, in the center of Germany this bird is a rare but regular visitor. Mainly there are birds in non-breeding plumage, but a Eurasian Spoonbill in breeding plumage could be seen on  15th of June 2007 in Niederweimar near the town of Marburg/ Hessen.

This species has an extremely large range Continue reading Eurasian Spoonbill in Germany