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Junger Kuckuck am Schwarzen Meer

Eigentlich wollen wir nur ein paar Dünenabschnitte, die mit Büschen bewachsen sind, und ein paar Ponds direkt hinter dem Strand abgrasen. Die Büsche stellen sich als sehr produktiv heraus. In dem dichten Gezweig hat sich ein junger Kuckuck (Cuculus canorus) in seinem jugendlichen Federkleid ganz still mitten in Weide (Salix sp.) sitzt. Er rührt sich nicht vom Fleck. Ja, es sieht aus, als würde er sich steif und unsichtbar machen wollen wie eine Dommel. Wir bleiben eine Weile vor der bewachsenen Düne stehen. Hinter der Düne hören wir die Dünung vom Schwarzen Meer. Erstaunlich, daß es so einsame Strände in Europa im September noch gibt. Wir beobachten den stummen Kuckuck weiter. Er vertraut ganz auf seine vorzügliche Tarnung. Nur der weiße Federschopf auf der Stirn ist etwas auffällig in dem Strauch. Plötzlich werden wir auch der vielen anderen Zugvögel gewahr, die sich hier die Küste des Schwarzen Meeres als Leitlinie vorgenommen haben. Neben vielen Fitissen (Phylloscopus trochilus), sind mindestens 2 Gartengrasmücken (Sylvia borin), etliche Dorngrasmücken (Sylvia communis), ziemlich viele Zwergschnäpper (Ficedula parva) und auch ein Männchen des Gartenrotschwanzes Continue reading Junger Kuckuck am Schwarzen Meer

Young Nightingale in the countryside of Brandenburg

NachtigallLaterally, the warm first sunlight falls on the exposed hedge. A fence post stands picturesquely in front of it. For a long time, I look out of a hide at the place illuminated with the rise of the sun. The hedgerow is still in the shade. Suddenly, there is a grey-brownish bird standing on a branch in the shadow of the hedge in the middle of the Niederer Fläming. The yellow bordered bill and an obviously not yet pronounced cheek feathering could point to a young bird. I am undecided. The bird looks slim and really striking is the chestnut brown, long tail. The creamy-white bottom is striking as well. The most common bird in this oasis in the midst of the agricultural steppe is the Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus); immediately after comes the Greater Whitethroat (Sylvia communis). But this bird belongs in another family. Quickly I think of a young Common Nightingale (Luscinia megarhynchos), but I also do not want to exclude a young Bluethroat (Luscinia svecica) first. But a little later I really see a small thrush exposed on a haystack. Striking is a dark beard in a white throat. In addition there is a dirty grey chest drawing. Yes, that is definitely a young Bluethroat. It looks very different from the grey-brownish bird. Slimmer and bigger. It is indeed a Common Nightingale.

First, the bird is still covered by branches and leaves. But then it sits free in the hedge. It is obviously keen to inspect the fence post. Finally, the young bird from the hedge flies to the stake, secures the Continue reading Young Nightingale in the countryside of Brandenburg

Young Warbler as an ID-challenge in southern Brandenburg in Germany

SumpfrohrsängerIn the beginning of August I shot the image of a drab warbler near a pond in southern Brandenburg. I did not realize the bird at that moment, as the whole willow bush in a otherwise highly agricultural land was quite busy with migrating birds, e.g. Sedge Warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus) well. I think, I remember that “Marsh Warbler” was my first thinking? The slender appearance on one of the images would be a hint. But he greyish tinged legs, the shape and colour of the bill and especially the head pattern made me think of a Sylvia-Warbler. The brownish cap could be some pollution/ pollen, yes. But I thought this not very useful in August.  What really irritated me were the colour and the contrast in the tertial fringes, which was the reason I had the impression that the bird looks a hybrid between a Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla) and a Common Whitethroat (Sylvia communis). Looking at the images with 2 month in between, I was more in the direction of thinking of a young Blackcap due to the whitish eyering and the shape of the bill. Continue reading Young Warbler as an ID-challenge in southern Brandenburg in Germany

Pulli – young birds on Northern Sea Coast

SturmmöweSpending the yearly vacation this time in the Netherlands, it was possible to look for birds as well. Besides an observation of an adult Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes) north of Callantsoog in the newly established nature reserve “The Nollen van Abbestede”,  I could see a lot of young birds – the so-called pulli – of various birds on the sea shore.

Identification of Pulli – young birds in general – not only on the coast of the Northern Sea – is not an easy task. Sometimes you are lucky with the „Handbuch der Voegel Mitteleuropas“, by Urs N. Glutz von Blotzheim. For waders some useful information you will find in “Strand- und Sumpfvögel Europas – Einschließlich Nordafrika und des Nahen Ostens”by Wolfgang Makatsch. Some nice information with images of clutches, locking jaws, dune-plumage, some photos of the nursery of the birds you will find in “Vogelnester : nach Farbfotos erkannt” in the selection  Sauers Naturführer by Dr. Frieder Sauer. Besides that, there are little comprehensible images Continue reading Pulli – young birds on Northern Sea Coast