Erschöpfte Dreizehenmöwe am Deich in Noord-Holland

Endlich kommt die Sonne nach stürmischen, wolkenverhangenen Tagen heraus. Den Morgen muß man nutzen. Ich fahre zum Hondsbossche Zeewering. Der Absperrdeich zwischen Petten und Camperduin ist nun vollständig in eine Sanddüne umgewandelt worden. Ein Paradies für Vögel. Ich fahre aufmerksam das Wat- und Wiesenvogelreservat „De Putten“ östlich der Straße entlang des Deichs ab. Auf der… Continue reading Erschöpfte Dreizehenmöwe am Deich in Noord-Holland

Forster’s Tern, Sterna forsteri, as a vagrant for the Western Palearctic

Terns in general are excellent fliers, which may, from time to time, appear as vagrants outside of their home range. Forster’s Tern, Sterna forsteri, are no exception in that. Only some days ago, a Forster’s Tern was found on the coast of Ireland. An adult winter Forster’s Tern could be observed at Corronroo along with… Continue reading Forster’s Tern, Sterna forsteri, as a vagrant for the Western Palearctic

Least Tern for the Western Palearctic

Closely related bird species occurring in different continents are always a special challenge for keen birders. It is not too long ago, that ornithologists found out, that a Least Tern (Sterna antillarum) was found in East Sussex. This was new to Britain and the Western Palearctic. Also on other sites along the western coast of… Continue reading Least Tern for the Western Palearctic

Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus) on Norderney

Norderney, the most densely populated island in the german Wadden Sea is with good reason called a bird paradise. Terns, Pied Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta), Common Redshank (Tringa tetanus) , Brent Geese (Branta bernicla), Greylag Geese (Anser anser)and many other birds of water are to be found there, as well as the rare Eurasian Spoonbill (Platalea… Continue reading Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus) on Norderney

Identification of Sternula Terns in Asia/Africa

When you are going to eastern Arabia in spring, you have good chances to see (and compare) 2 small terns of the genus Sternula. Sternula is a genus of small white terns, which is often subsumed into the larger genus Sterna. Saunder’s Tern, Sternula saundersi, was formerly considered to be subspecies of Little Tern but… Continue reading Identification of Sternula Terns in Asia/Africa