Woodpeckers and their breeding cavities

Spring is marked by striking drums that reverberate loudly through the forest. In addition to their drumming, the calls, which can be heard especially in spring and autumn and allow the species to be distinguished from afar, are noticeable. Like no other bird family, the woodpeckers in Central Europe represent the forest habitat. It is… Continue reading Woodpeckers and their breeding cavities

On confrontation: the Firecrest (Regulus ignicapilla)

The leaves in the riparian forest are still sparse. The warm spring sun shines beautifully down to the ground. Everything is full of life. Now it is important to find the perfect breeding site and the right territory – and above all to keep it. A Firecrest (Regulus ignicapilla) enters the territory of a conspecific.… Continue reading On confrontation: the Firecrest (Regulus ignicapilla)

Kleiber, verbissen im Kampf

Ein Frühlingstag in einem Auenwald in meiner Heimatstadt. Noch ist der Laubaustrieb gering. Wunderschön scheint die warme Frühlingssonne bis auf den Boden. Alles ist voller Leben. Überall ruft und singt es. Immer wieder ist Bewegung auf Zweigen und Ästen und an den Baumstämmen zu beobachten. Die Vögel bereiten sich auf die Brutsaison vor. Die Temperaturen… Continue reading Kleiber, verbissen im Kampf

Woodpeckers as indicators of natural forest ecosystems

Central Europe is an old cultural landscape in which practically no area has been able to preserve its natural state. The far-reaching anthropogenic changes also affect the remaining type of forest strongly, that it is not known exactly what they look like under natural conditions. Largely unchanged forests can only be found on small remaining… Continue reading Woodpeckers as indicators of natural forest ecosystems

Middle Spotted Woodpecker at Hainich National Park, Thuringia

A high-pitched call in early spring is heard from afar. An obtrusive väh-wäh-wäh – combination of calls can be heard after. A beautiful old mixed beech forest with several layers and plenty of dead wood is home of the Middle Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos medius).  A small hiking trail passes the ground at Langes Tal in… Continue reading Middle Spotted Woodpecker at Hainich National Park, Thuringia

Weißrückenspecht in Park in Estland

Nach einem erfolgreichen Foto-Shooting der Doppelschnepfe (Gallinago media) will ich mich zum Abschluß dem Gutspark des Haeska Manor House widmen. Der zur Pension umgebauten Gutshof weist einen weitläufigen Park mit vielen alten Bäumen auf. Neben einen paar schönen alten Eichen gibt es auch alte Linden. In alten Parkanlagen soll – wie mir einheimische Naturschützer sagten… Continue reading Weißrückenspecht in Park in Estland

Schwarzspecht in Schlafbaum

Die Nuthe-Nieplitz-Niederung ist in den trockenen Bereichen von Kiefernwäldern, manchmal richtigen Kiefernplantagen, geprägt. Ein Buchenstamm-Spezialist wie der Schwarzspecht (Dryocopus martius) dürfte es also in diesem Naturgebiet südlich von Berlin schwer haben. Trotzdem ergab eine Kartierung in den Jahren 2007 und 2008 erstaunliche Erkenntnisse. So wurden im SPA der Nuthe-Nieplitz-Niederung auf ca. 5500 ha 22 Schwarzspechte… Continue reading Schwarzspecht in Schlafbaum

White-backed Woodpeckers in Strandzha Nature Park/ Bulgaria

White-backed Woodpeckers (Dendrocopus leucotos) are always high on WP-birdwatcher´s lists. But the subspecies lilfordi is even a better mega bird. After having seen birds of the lowlands, I wanted to make the next day the big day for woodpeckers. Starting off very early, we noticed that the weather was however very misty with some little… Continue reading White-backed Woodpeckers in Strandzha Nature Park/ Bulgaria

Lake Tegel as a winter birding destination in Berlin

During migration and in winter waterfowl rest in good numbers on the Tegeler See (a lake just north of Tegel airport). A visit in late January performed with damp and cold conditions at temperatures around 0 degree Celsius. The shore is lined of a crumbling ice. No welcoming weather. No snow nor sunshine will improve… Continue reading Lake Tegel as a winter birding destination in Berlin

Birding Berlin: Charlottenburg Palace

Birding parks in big cities are often a stopgap in between two family arrangements. But parks are often good for excellent surprises. Berlin should result in a great place to combine a city trip with a birding excursion. I started from the flat of a friend at  Prenzlauer Berg. Soon we arrived at a subway… Continue reading Birding Berlin: Charlottenburg Palace

New Natura 2000 bird sanctuary: Bergstrasse Dossenheim – Schriesheim

On 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),… Continue reading New Natura 2000 bird sanctuary: Bergstrasse Dossenheim – Schriesheim

Birding around Frankfurt Airport – NSG Lampertheimer Altrhein

Frankfurt Airport (FRA) is the gateway to continental Europe. Many airlines use the Airport as a hub for connecting flights all over the world. If you have some more spare time but only 2 hours between two flights, you might be interested to know, where you can find good places to stretch your legs, enjoy… Continue reading Birding around Frankfurt Airport – NSG Lampertheimer Altrhein