Lesser Spotted Woodpecker: an often overlooked winter visitor

What is this miniature version of a woodpecker in the garden in winter? He’s hanging on a fat ball. It’s lucky that we get a visit from a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos minor). Although the smallest native woodpecker is actually an insect eater, it doesn’t miss out on such a nutritious calorie bomb in the… Continue reading Lesser Spotted Woodpecker: an often overlooked winter visitor

Bird photography in your backyard: What to consider

20 small birds are constantly on the move between a garden bush and the nearby birdhouse. Right away I can identify Great Tits (Parus major), Blue Tits (Cyanistes caeruleus), Nuthatches (Sitta europaea), Greenfinches (Chloris chloris), Goldfinches (Carduelis carduelis) and House Sparrows (Passer domesticus). While Great Tits and Blue Tits prefer to fly to the feeder,… Continue reading Bird photography in your backyard: What to consider

Moewenpick-Garden: a Rufous-tailed Scrub-Robin

Promoted as a secluded oasis set in beautiful gardens on Elephantine Island, the  5-star Mövenpick Aswan resort is located on an island in the middle of the Nile in Aswan city right next to the Sahara desert. A vegetable garden, tall trees in the middle of an otherwise densely populated Egyptian city. Here, the Möwenpick… Continue reading Moewenpick-Garden: a Rufous-tailed Scrub-Robin

Aggressiver Kernbeißer am Futterplatz

Ein paar achtlos hingeworfene Sonnenblumen-körner auf einem Holzhackplatz. Das zieht Haussperlinge (Passer domesticus) magisch und lautstark an. Plötzlich steht ein Kernbeißer (Coccothraustes coccothraustes) auf einem dicken Baumstamm. Im Frühjahr mit dem Laubaustrieb fressen Kernbeißer vor allem frische Blätter; es werden aber wohl auch Körner nicht verschmät. Schnell hat der Kernbeißer in mitten der Spatzen Platz… Continue reading Aggressiver Kernbeißer am Futterplatz

Sparrowhawk feeding on a House Sparrow

If you operate a winter bird feeder, you can easily make beautiful and interesting nature observations from the window. For this reason I also feed, and not because I expect it to have a nature conservation effect. Many of our endangered birds aren’t there in winter anyway. They are in the warm south and would… Continue reading Sparrowhawk feeding on a House Sparrow

Blackbird with a thick maggot in the beak

A thick, fat maggot has been washed out of the earth on the former compost heap. The male Eurasian Blackbird (Turdus merula) had only briefly scratched the surface with its yellow beak and had already very skillfully removed a thick maggot – probably a large beetle larva – from a dark-black layer of earth. It… Continue reading Blackbird with a thick maggot in the beak

Snow Bunting, a migrating passerine on Flores/ Azores

The Snow Bunting (Plectrophenax nivalis) is one of the few migratory passerines to be found on a regular basis to visit the Azores archipelago in general and Flores in particular. Maybe only the Northern Wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe) of the subspecies leucorhoa, the Greenland Wheatear is recorded as often on Flores, the westernmost island of the… Continue reading Snow Bunting, a migrating passerine on Flores/ Azores

Desert Sparrows in Morocco

Morocco, one of the northernmost countries of Africa is a top tourist destination. Morocco is situated in the northwest corner of Africa and is basically an African country with a large Mediterranean region along the coast. Additionally Morocco might not sound like a birdwatcher’s paradise but, Morocco offers surprisingly good birding in various habitats. Morocco… Continue reading Desert Sparrows in Morocco