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Eurasian Pygmy-Owls in Brandenburg

SperlingskauzWintertime is the best time to detect owls. And the Eurasian Pygmy-Owl (Glaucidium passerinum) is no exception to that pattern. The Rochauer Heide, an area of dense oak and pine forest some 60 km south of Berlin, lies in a monotonous peace in the wintry twilight. The oaks are bare and the pines and spruces give with their green the only change in the gray-brown of the forest. Then – about 5:30 p.m. – on this February evening, the monotonous, high-pitched call of the Eurasian Pygmy-Owl can be heard from a dense forest patch; not far from the well-developed dirt road. The slight east wind of the day has subsided; it is getting colder now at dusk. It should be around 0 ° C. Then even a second calling owl comes in. A second male feels addressed and also calls, but in a different, different pitch. First, the second caller is heard at a distance. But this Eurasian Pygmy-Owl feels provoked, flies along the forest path and finally sits right next to its rival. My location seems to be near the territorial border of the two male Eurasian Pygmy-Owls. Their encounter seems so shocking that both Eurasian Pygmy-Owls are now silent. The rival flies away again. Its silhouette is beautiful to be seen in front of the cloudless sky. Now the first – probably the territory owner – begins to sing in a higher pitch while the second Eurasian Pygmy-Owl male responds with a Continue reading Eurasian Pygmy-Owls in Brandenburg

White-backed Woodpeckers in Strandzha Nature Park/ Bulgaria

WeißrückenspechtWhite-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 showers in the lowlands. When we ascend to the oak mountains we fear to be right in the middle of the clouds but encountered quite nice, dry but overcast weather for woodland birding. We drove all the way up inside Strandzha Nature Park, to the Silkosia Nature Reserve. This is a reserve up in the hills, just 15 km as the crow flies to the Turkish border. Silkosia is situated 2 kilometers north of Kosti village and 1 kilometer east of Bulgari village. Around 260 species of land plants have been found in the reserve. It conserves the most typical and relict Oriental beech (Fagus orientalis), which is a deciduous tree highly preferred by our main target species, the White-backed Woodpecker (Dendrocopus leucotos lilfordi). Other tree species dominate Continue reading White-backed Woodpeckers in Strandzha Nature Park/ Bulgaria