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Blog · 09. Januar 2018
While the old year came to a silent and rather unspectacular end, this fortunately doesn't count for the new year, which had some nice suprises in offer. Already on the first day I was able to connect with a Ferruginous Duck on the Großer Wörth, that could easily be picked out of the far more common Tufted Ducks and Pochards. Apparently, the bird had already been a couple of days on the lake, yet it seems to have left the site meanwhile. Apart from the duck there finally two Green Sandpipers...

Blog · 26. Dezember 2017
Below you find a small photo gallery of the Redpolls I've seen today at the harbour of Bamberg. Although my experience with this species is naturally limited, the most were obviously Mealy Redpolls (Acanthis [flammea] flammea). That is actually a great find for the region, since this taxon of the Redpoll group is normally a rare guest so far in the south. As the situation in other parts of (Southern) Germany is similar, it seems to be a kind of influx in this year. From this point it isn't...

Blog · 19. Dezember 2017
This post was written by freelance writer Sally Perkins.

Blog · 09. Dezember 2017
Today afternoon has been the first time that I've been outside birding since almost two months. Because of the winterly conditions in the valley of the Altmühl I hadn't many options and so I decided to take a walk along the small river. As expected there weren't any special birds, nevertheless the light was beautiful and I enjoyed photographing the abundant common birds. Generally the area has some potential for birding, however the next real hotspots a rather distant. Therefore I hope that I...

Blog · 18. Oktober 2017
A fantastic autumn day and the chance to visit one of the best birdwatching sites of Bavaria - what could a birder wish more. Yesterday I enjoyed a brilliant afternoon on the observation tower of the "Altmühlsee", which is situated in the southern part of Middle Franconia. The most obvious difference of this site to all my regular birding destinations is the large number of birds that you can see there. When I normally get not more than 300 Greylags on the local lakes I get here a lot more...

Blog · 14. Oktober 2017
This post was written by freelance writer Sally Perkins.

Blog · 08. Oktober 2017
Originally, I hadn't planned to go birding today, but when news broke that a Little Crake had been spotted at my favourite site, the Großer Wörth, I couldn't resist the temptation to give it a try. All in all, the situation wasn't very comfortable, one the one hand I didn't have much time and on the other it was rather wet and cloudy. However, I was fortunate to find already two birders on site that already spotted the bird. It was feeding on the opposite shore, exactly where it had been seen...

Blog · 21. September 2017
Unfortunately, the last weeks haven't seen me birding very often. Nevertheless, the migration season takes place normally at the moment, though there is few special to report about. Waders are right now passing through, yet there aren't many suitable resting areas, because on the one hand the water level is high again and on the other hand many actually "good" sites have lost in value over the last years, since vegetation has settled down on the sandbanks. Perhaps a juvenile Mediterranean Gull...

Blog · 14. August 2017
After the rainy weekend it was a benefit to get out birding again. For today I had ambitiously planned to arrive at sunrise at the Teichwiesen of Stressenhausen, an interesting wetland area in South Thuringia (approximately an one-hour-drive from Bamberg away). Although it didn't worked exactly, I was greeted by perfect morning light in Stressenhausen. The navigation on site is rather simple: There is a signposted car park for the nature reserve at the southern edge of the village, from where a...

Blog · 09. August 2017
After the rather unspectacular July the first days of August were ornithologically astonishingly productive. In this period I've often visited the "Großer Wörth" area, as it turned out that for some reason it's currently the best place for observing waders here. However on my last walks I've only seen common species like Lapwing, Common Sandpiper and Little Ringed Plover. Nevertheless this isn't so strange for the season, since migration is just about to roll on. Hopefully the situation...

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