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Herbstzug 2015 des Mornellregenpfeifers

MornellregenpfeiferEin Vogel der hohen Arktis ist der Mornellregenpfeifer (Charadrius morinellus oder Eudromias morinellus). Nicht zuletzt aufgrund seines „putzigen“ Aussehens ist dieser nette kleine Vogel, der im Herbst aus den nördlichen Brutgebieten Skandinaviens nach Süden zieht, eine Art, auf die Vogelbeobachter achten. Im Frühjahr werden vor allem die Küstengebiete bevorzugt. Im Herbst zeigen sich Mornellregenpfeifer an Rastplätzen manchmal weit im Landesinneren. Um diese interessante Vögel zu finden, sollte man auf einige grundlegenden Erkenntnisse achten. Zum einen ist da die ausgesprochene Saisonalität zu nennen.

Ab ca. Mitte August lohnt es sich für einige Wochen ihn gezielt an seinen bekannten Rastplätzen zu erleben oder auch an vom Lebensraum her geeignet erscheinenden weiteren Orten in der offenen Feldlandschaft zu suchen. Die Erfahrungen mit den Beobachtungen an den Rastplätzen im Herbst 2015 waren jedoch für Deutschland eher enttäuschend. Mit gut 1.100 Rastvögeln als Continue reading Herbstzug 2015 des Mornellregenpfeifers

The Dotterel – migration pattern in Germany in autumn 2015

MornellregenpfeiferOnly during migration you will find this cute, little bird of the high Arctic in Germany. The charismatic Eurasian Dotterel (Charadrius morinellus or Eudromias morinellus) has now a loyal fan base, which explores specifically known staggering sites from mid-August for a few week. A good option is, to look for additionally for appropriatec locations in the open, hilly landscape.  Whereas in spring especially the coastal areas are preferred. In contrast in autumn Dotterel show a preference for locations far inland. To find these interesting birds, you should pay attention to some basic insights. On the one hand there is a pronounced seasonality.

From around the middle of August it is worthwhile to look for a few weeks to see this bird on its famous resting places in the open landscape. Experiences with the observations on the staggering areas in autumn 2015, however, were rather disappointing for Germany. With good 1,100 resting birds as the sum of all reported staggering days the occurrence was weaker than in previous years. Compared to the maximum during fall migration 2014 there Continue reading The Dotterel – migration pattern in Germany in autumn 2015

Bird migration on the Sagres Peninsula/ Portugal

MornellregenpfeiferDuring the fall migration this is one of the areas most visited by ornithologists who want to enjoy the magic of bird Migration in Portugal. One of the birds encountered is the Eurasian Dotterel, among others. The Eurasian dotterel (Charadrius morinellus) is a member of the plover family which migrates from northern Europe, where it breeds, to North Africa, where it winters. A nice place to look for Eurasian Dotterels is in the Algarve. Eurasian Dotterels is a regular passage migrant for many years, mainly in the Sagres Peninsula. The flat fields of Vale Santo are the main area of occurrence of this tundra bird, which likes the steppe. It can be seen there with roughly a 3 weeks delay compared to the german staggering sites every year between September and October.

The exact screening of suitable areas with binoculars or spotting scope is a must but usually results only with a lot of time and patience in success. Due to the excellent camouflage of the resting birds on a steppe habitat, birds on the ground are much more difficult to detect as migrants which fly over. Once you have discovered a Dotterel, it is relatively easy to determine the ID-characteristics and a Dotterel can hardly be confused with other species. Knowing the vocalizations is extremely Continue reading Bird migration on the Sagres Peninsula/ Portugal

Where to find Eurasian dotterel on migration in Germany

MornellregenpfeiferA Eurasian dotterel (Charadrius morinellus or Eudromias morinellus) is a cute little bird of the northern landscapes of Scandinavia. The Dotterel is a member of the plover family which migrates between the breeding grounds in northern Europe to North Africa, where it winters. In a roosting place they often behave quite familiar and usually persist even on a few meters distance. However, larger flocks are sometimes shy and fly away even in case of low interference. In spring especially coastal areas are preferred. In fall Eurasian dotterel show-up at resting areas sometimes far inland. To find these interesting birds, you should obey to some findings.

Preferred habitat is usually characterized by open, exposed areas with short vegetation. A convincing reminiscent of Scandinavian countryside. In the cultural landscape with its large-scale agricultural Continue reading Where to find Eurasian dotterel on migration in Germany