Juvenile Great Grey Shrikes: first days outside the nest

End of May. Loud, plaintive shouts echo from a willow bush on the edge of a wetland directly on a canalised lowland river in southern Brandenburg. Small, short-tailed, high-contrast black and white birds slip between leafes and branches calling loudly. It quickly turns out. They are young Great Grey Shrike or Great Gray Shrike (Lanius… Continue reading Juvenile Great Grey Shrikes: first days outside the nest

Great Gray Shrike at its nest in a poplar

Sometimes you will become aware of the Northern Shrike or Great Gray Shrike (Lanius excubitor) in or especially before the breeding season through its musical talent. But that is rare. Because his song consists of short, repeated verses, which are interrupted by longer silent intervals. Normally it is introduced with “trrr” or “prrr” notes, which… Continue reading Great Gray Shrike at its nest in a poplar

After nesting: Young Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers are out of the nest

The day before yesterday the young woodpeckers were fed at the brood tube. From time to time, young Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers (Dendrocopos minor) stuck their heads out of the hole of a dead, not so thick Alder tree (Alnus sp.). Yesterday the feeding activity in the breeding cave has been stopped. The breeding hole appeared… Continue reading After nesting: Young Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers are out of the nest

Junge Raubwürger nach dem Ausfliegen

Ende Mai. Lautes, klagendes Rufen schallt aus einem Weidengebüsch am Rand eines Feuchtgebiets direkt an der kanalisierten Nuthe. Kleine kurzschwänzige, kontrastreich schwarz-weiß gezeichnete Vögel schlüpfen laut rufend durch das Geäst hindurch. Schnell stellt sich raus. Es sind die jungen Raubwürger (Lanius excubitor), die nun in der Nähe eines Mitte Mai identifizierten Raubwürger-Nests angetroffen werden. Der… Continue reading Junge Raubwürger nach dem Ausfliegen

Raubwürger am Nest

Manchmal wird man auf den Raubwürger (Lanius excubitor) in bzw. vor allem vor der Brutzeit durch sein musikalisches Talent aufmerksam. Das ist aber selten. Denn sein Lied besteht aus kurzen, wiederholten Versen, die durch längere stille Intervalle unterbrochen werden. Normalerweise wird eingeführt mit “trrr” – oder “prrr” –Notizen, was dann zu einer recht rauen, scheppernden… Continue reading Raubwürger am Nest