Poel and the Baltic coast of Germany 21 to 24 Sept 2007

Roger and Christine White.

This was a brief visit to some of the sites in northern Germany.
21 September
Island of Poel. Gollwitz is a village at the NE tip of the poel beach neisland. On the approach road was a White-tailed Eagle and 3 Red Kites were seen. There is a car park on the edge of the village, then a 500 m walk to the beach where there is a small viewing platform with a fixed telescope. The view is of Langenwerder Island. On this island is a large Common Gull colony, and breeding Little and Arctic Terns. A lot of birds seen: Dunlin ++, Little Stint, Curlew, Grey Plover, Ringed Plover, Sanderling, Greenshank, Bar-tailed Godwit, Curlew Sandpiper, Oyster Catcher. Also Red-breasted Merganser, Pintail, Wigeon, Mallard, and Brent Geese.
23 Sept
Karrendorf and Wampen.
These are both excellent coastal sites. Extensive marsh with pools at Karrendorf meadows and good shoreline with a reef at Wampen. A good variety of waders on the marsh. Huge karrendorf poolnumbers of Mute Swan and Greylag Geese off shore. On the pools were Wigeon, Dunlin, Curlew Sandpiper, Snipe and a couple of Spotted Redshank.
At Wampen, 14 Knot were resting on a sand bank. The only other bird of note was a Red-backed Shrike.
24 September.
East of Greifswald is the reserve of Struck. There is no entry but at that time we were able to drive along the border as far as the shore. There was grazed meadow and scattered bushes. 10 Wheatear, 2 juvenile Red-backed Shrike. A White-tailed Eagle in the distance. On a small pool were Wigeon, Dunlin and a Ruff.

A brief visit to Anklam on the return journey to Berlin.

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