Tag Archives: Cirl Bunting

Zaunammer am Rand des Schwarzwalds

ZaunammerDer schnarrende Gesang der Zaunammer (Emberiza cirlus), die Reihe von etwas heiser klingenden Pfeiftönen des Wendehalses (Jynx torquilla), das kurze, dreiteilige Liedchen mit seinen rauen gequetschten Tönen des Hausrotschwanzes (Phoenicurus ochruros), meist von Warte aus gesungen. Alle Brutvögel tragen eine Strophe zum Konzert der Vögel hier in den Offenlandflächen am Nordhang des Schönbergs, nur wenige Kilometer von Freiburg im Breisgau entfernt, bei. Die kleinräumig strukturierten und artenreichen Streuobstwiesen, Gehölzbestände und Übergänge zu den Weinbergen stellen wichtige Lebensräume auch für Neuntöter (Lanius collurio) und Baumpieper (Anthus trivialis) dar.

Der Schönberg ist ein beliebtes Ausflugsziel für Wanderer und Fotografen. Mit 645 Metern über NN ist der Berg im Vergleich zu den Gipfeln des Südschwarzwalds recht niedrig. Das macht der Schönberg aber mit seiner namensgebenden Schönheit wett. Besonders schön ist das Gebiet um die Berghauser Kapelle. Eine Besonderheit sind die mageren Flachlandmähwiesen in den Berghauser Matten, die von Hainsimsen-Buchenwälder an den Schwarzwaldhängen abgelöst werden. Verwilderte Kirschbäume Continue reading Zaunammer am Rand des Schwarzwalds

New Natura 2000 bird sanctuary: Bergstrasse Dossenheim – Schriesheim

WendehalsOn 11 December 2014, the first information boards for the Natura 2000 bird sanctuary “Bergstrasse Dossenheim – Schriesheim“were presented to public by the Chairman of the BUND Dossenheim, Dermot O’Connor. The press is coming soon. When designing the images for the info panel – inter alia the Wryneck (Jynx torquilla), Middle Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos medius), Black Woodpecker (Dryocopus martius), Grey-faced (or Grey-headed) Woodpecker (Picus canus) and Rock Bunting (Emberiza cia). BUND Dossenheim chosed images from www.bird-lens.com. Bird-lens.com is proud to present these photos as part of its efforts to strengthen the importance of nature conservation in the region.

Dossenheim is a municipality in the Rhein-Neckar-Kreis in the north-western part of the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg. Dossenheim is located just 80km south of Frankfurt/ Main main station and thus reached by car in less than an hour’s drive.

The so-called Natura 2000 Vogelschutzgebiet is a Special Protection Areaa according to the EU-Birds Directive. The reserve has a size of 916,13 Acres. The Bergstrasse Continue reading New Natura 2000 bird sanctuary: Bergstrasse Dossenheim – Schriesheim

Irish Bird Trip to the Frankfurt area in Germany; 16thMay-19th May 2014

Black KiteWe flew in from Kerry airport Ireland and landed at Hahn to met by Johannes Ferdinand from Bird-Lens our bird guide.  During our stay we had no rain, some cloud in the mornings and plenty of sunshine all day. We saw a total of 113 birds including lifers Marsh Warbler (Acrocephalus palustris), Wood Warbler (Phylloscopus sibilatrix), Middle Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos medius), Eurasian Eagle-Owl (Bubo bubo), and adult Black-necked or Eared Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis), European Pied Flycatcher (Ficedula hypoleuca) and Bluethroat (Luscinia svecica). Johannes had organised our trip to Continue reading Irish Bird Trip to the Frankfurt area in Germany; 16thMay-19th May 2014

Sparrowhawk at Wallcreeper cliff in Alquezar in Northern Spain

Sperber-MännchenFor long I have been looking for Wallcreepers (Tichodroma muraria). Observations – or even photos – from the Wallcreeper are my dream. I’ve been days hiking in the Alps in the Karwendel mountains, in the Tien Shan in Kyrgyzstan, in the Carpathian Mountains. I was hiking at high altitudes and took a lot of efforts, but up to now I missed these high mountain dwellers. Since I am not alone. The Wallcreeper is actually one of the most sought-after birds in Europe. The Internet although is a help. One problem is that there are many places where Wallcreeper supposedly live. The catch is to find a reliable site. The trip and the spending should be worth it. This is true not only for breeding areas but particularly for wintering grounds. So I was glad to find an article by Dave Gosney from 19th of find March 2008  on “Birding abroad”. The article Continue reading Sparrowhawk at Wallcreeper cliff in Alquezar in Northern Spain