Bramblings in autumn forest

It prevails, wonderfully calm autumn weather. Otherwise, autumn is associated with rain and storm. It promises to be a sunny October day. In the morning I set off for a longer walk in the Brandenburg quarry forests. The sun penetrates the haze, over which is a steel-blue sky spread. After the first few meters, a Mistle Thrush (Turdus viscivorus) snarles high up in a pine tree. The alder and ash trees are still amazingly green. Only at the edge of the forest does a golden-brown shimmer cover the canopies. Their the first leaves are missing.

I walk the familiar paths in the forest. A huge jaw was knocked down in the storm last week. It lies across the forest path and forces me to bypass it. Trees are crooked everywhere in the forest. Many birches have broken off at a height of three or four meters. A deep silence lies in the forest, only occasionally interrupted by the timid knock of a Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major). Then there is movement in the forest. In a puddle 50 meters in front of me there is a lot of small birds. First of all, I vaguely recognize a Great Tit (Parus major) and, if I take a long look, a flock of Common Chaffinches (Fringilla coelebs). I follow the bathing through my binoculars. But wait, they’re not Common Chaffinch at all. In fact, there are an incredible number of Bramblings (Fringilla montifringilla) that are almost invisible on the brown beech leaves and only reveal themselves through their movements. As I step closer, they fly up into the canopies. Their white rumps flash like little lights in the dark forest. Now you can also hear her drawn out calls, which for me are always the unmistakable sign that autumn is really here. A few weeks ago on Heligoland I saw the first Bramblings on migration. Now they have arrived in their winter quarters.

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