Hoopoes in the Kaiserstuhl

Almost everyone knows the Hoopoe (Upupa epops) with its unusual headdress and friendly face. But there are only a few places in Germany where you can observe it quite easily. The Kaiserstuhl in the south-western corner of Germany is one of these special places, with one of the highest population densities in Germany. But that… Continue reading Hoopoes in the Kaiserstuhl

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

Vineyard – inhabitants: Wryneck & Hoopoe

A hike through the vineyards in the Kaiserstuhl in the last south-western corner of Germany. In a wavy, butterfly-like flight, a bird with broad, deeply fingered wings drawn in black and white flies towards an old shed. It is a Eurasian Hoopoe (Upupa epops) that brings a large insect to feed the young. A beautiful… Continue reading Vineyard – inhabitants: Wryneck & Hoopoe

Booted Warbler and other vagrants on Helgoland

During a trip from October 08th till 13th 2012 to experience migrating birds on Helgoland several remarkable sighting could be noted. A Booted Warbler, Hippolais caligata, was seen at the red sandstone cliff at the southern corner of Helgoland, at the so-called “Kringel” on the 9th of October 2012. On the same day a Siberian… Continue reading Booted Warbler and other vagrants on Helgoland