Pied Wagtail at sewage plant north of Berlin

Normally, the Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii) occurs in Germany in winter as a vagrant in the north-west, especially at the North Sea. In 2021, for example, the species was found on Hohe Klint near Oxstedt in the district of Cuxhaven, on the island of Borkum, on the salt marshes of Juist or (on several… Continue reading Pied Wagtail at sewage plant north of Berlin

Wet Wagtail shaking its feathers

Completely soaked, a black and white bird stands on a beam. Here, at the corner of a settlement, I can photograph a Wagtail (Motacilla alba), which stands on a beam after a band and shakes and dries itself extensively. The feathers are completely soaked. It is not known whether the bird is a non-swimmer; In… Continue reading Wet Wagtail shaking its feathers

Songbird migration along the southern Black Sea coast

The roosting Red-backed Shrikes (Lanius collurio) are all juveniles. One has taken a long morning bath and is now shaking its wet feathers on a stick in the morning sun. Again and again the wings are spread, shaken and then placed one on top of the other. In particular, a tiny garden with runner beans… Continue reading Songbird migration along the southern Black Sea coast

Northern Shoveler in heavy hailstorm

A hailstorm falls over the ponds of Stangenhagen. While many wading and waterfowl used to stand stoically by the lake, the masses of birds that meet here in late summer to moult and rest for the first time on their way to their winter quarters are now beginning to move. First, the Northern Lapwings (Vanellus… Continue reading Northern Shoveler in heavy hailstorm

Making of „White Wagtail with nestling food“

A White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) perches in the top of a Willow tree just in front of the bird watching tower. With a thick package in its beak consisting of small small Diptera such as Flies (Brachycera) and Mosquitoes (Nematocera), Caddisflies (Trichoptera) and small Dragonflies (Odonata), it waits patiently in front of the bird observation… Continue reading Making of „White Wagtail with nestling food“

White Wagtail with nestling food

With a thick package in its beak consisting of small Diptera such as Flies (Brachycera) and Mosquitoes (Nematocera), Caddisflies (Trichoptera) and small Dragonflies (Odonata), a White Wagtail, (Motacilla alba) suddenly sits in the pollarded willow just in front of the bird observation tower. As in previous years, a pair of White Wagtails has built a… Continue reading White Wagtail with nestling food

Bachstelze kommt mit Nestlingsnahrung

Mit einem dicken Paket im Schnabel bestehend aus kleinen Dipteren wie Fliegen (Brachycera) und Mücken (Nematocera), Köcherfliegen (Trichoptera) und kleine Libellen (Odonata), sitzt auf einmal eine Bachstelze (Motacilla alba) in der Kopfweide direkt vor dem Vogelbeobachtungsturm. Wie in den Vorjahren hat ein Bachstelzenpaar ein Nest in die Kuppe – vielleicht auf einem Dachbalken – des… Continue reading Bachstelze kommt mit Nestlingsnahrung

Bird migration on the edge of the Eifel

Beginning of October is the best time to observe migratory birds near a hill called Tötschberg or Toetschberg in the Eifel. It was still twilight when I arrived at the Bürvenicher Berg which is opposite to the Tötschberg, located at about 246m above sea level. In front of me the expanse of the Zülpicher Börde,… Continue reading Bird migration on the edge of the Eifel

Vagrant Hume’s Warbler in Brandenburg

The decision to try the ornithologist’s luck despite the distance of 75 km was made quickly. A Hume’s Warbler (Phylloscopus humei) was reported on ornitho.de from the northern Spreewald. Oh, sure just a short sighting – and the bird is gone, I was thinking first. But the next day, the Hume’s Warbler was still hanging… Continue reading Vagrant Hume’s Warbler in Brandenburg

British Yellow Wagtail on Heligoland

Although the distribution area of Motacilla flava flavissima is not far from Germany, records of this (sub-)species are quite rare. As to be expected, there are some records from the islands in the wadden sea (Amrum, Sylt-Ost, Norderney, Wangerooge, Neuwerk, Baltrum) or near the coast as e.g. Horumersiel  but the best location for a german… Continue reading British Yellow Wagtail on Heligoland

Gelbkopf-Schafstelze auf dem Helgoländer Oberland

Etwas Gelbes blitzt auf dem grünen Gras auf. Kann das die von heute früh gemeldete Gelbkopf-Schafstelze (Motacilla flava flavissima) sein? Auf dem Rundweg passieren wir dann auch tatsächlich eine Kuhweide. 6 Galloways und ein Widder sind auf einer mit Elektrodraht eingezäunte Weide zu sehen. Hier am Oberland von Helgoland war die Schafstelze der Unterart flavissima,… Continue reading Gelbkopf-Schafstelze auf dem Helgoländer Oberland

Observation site for spring migration on the river Oder

After having presented protected nature areas in the Havellaendisches Luch or the Guelper See, a recent blog was dealing with the Oder valley in general and The National Park Lower Oder especially. The National Park protects a flood plain, the last still intact in large parts of the estuary of Central Europe. A rainy, cloudy… Continue reading Observation site for spring migration on the river Oder