Common Redstart on top of a nesting box

So far, the spring retreat for the Common Redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus) was the forest behind the farming house. His choppy vocals had been heard over and over again. A male Common Redstart had obviously been able to warm up for an old nesting box on the edge of the forest in May. In the beginning… Continue reading Common Redstart on top of a nesting box

Gartenrotschwanz an Nistkasten

Bisher war der Rückzugsort für den Gartenrotschwanz (Phoenicurus phoenicurus) der Wald hinter dem Haus gewesen. Immer wieder war sein abgehackter Gesang zu hören gewesen. Ein Männchen hatte sich im Mai offensichtlich für einen alten Nistkasten am Waldrand erwärmen können. Anfangs patrollierte der Gartenrotschwanz immer um den Nistkasten und versuchte einen Partner ebenfalls für die Stelle… Continue reading Gartenrotschwanz an Nistkasten

Vogelvielfalt nach Waldbrand

Mitten in einem ehemaligen Kiefernstangenwald ist der monotone, schwirrende Gesang des Feldschwirls (Locustella naevia) am frühen Morgen aus den hohen gelb-grauen Pfeifengras schön zu hören. Ein Gesang, der noch vor 1 Jahr auf dieser Fläche praktisch unmöglich zu hören war. In Brandenburg verbrannten 2018 über 1.600 ha Wald, darunter auch große zusammenhängende Flächen. Nach einem… Continue reading Vogelvielfalt nach Waldbrand

Hazel Grouse: the results

In total we visited 5 different locations where the local guides had encountered several individuals of the Hasezl Grouse the last weeks or even years. The last encounter sometimes was only 3 days before. 4 of the locations were locations like a lek – where you could hear the mating song and the mating

Hazel Grouse: the hide

Additionally finding Hazel Grouse means knowing the behavior of the Hazel Grouse. E.g. the Hazel Grouse is – although a shy bird – quite responsive or even aggressive during the mating season which has a first peak in September and then again in March/ April. In this time you can hear the mating call or… Continue reading Hazel Grouse: the hide

Hazel Grouse: the habitat

Finding Hazel Grouse is equivalent of knowing the habits of the Hazel Grouse which means also knowing and recognizing the habitat of the Hazel Grouse. The search for the right habitat is not eased by the fact, that the Hazel Grouse has at least 3 different habitat requirements during the year in the different seasons.… Continue reading Hazel Grouse: the habitat

Finding Hazel Grouse in the Carpathians

Hazel Grouses (Bonasa bonasia) are certainly one of the most thought-after bird species for naturalist and bird photographers in western Palearctic. This is in parts due to the fact, that this bird is one of the few autochthon representatives of the Phasianidae family in Middle Europe. And: actually it is a very beautiful bird. Unfortunately… Continue reading Finding Hazel Grouse in the Carpathians