Mecklenburg-Vorpommern 16 to 20 September 2013

Roger White, Ken Hall and Robin Prytherch
P1000456Monday 16 Sept. Afternoon flight to Berlin, then by hire car to Landhotel Rügen, Santens.
Tuesday 17 Sept Cranes overhead which settled in the field behind the hotel. Headed at 8.30 for Nonnensee. Walked along the west shore. The hide was closed. Birds on the lake included good numbers of duck (Pochard, Tufted Duck, Teal, Shoveler, Pintail, Gadwall, 8 Goldeneye),. Also Little Ringed Plover, Red-backed Shrike, Swifts and a fleeting view of a Water Rail. White-tailed Eagle in flight nearby.
On the Wittow ferry heading for Dranske. Marsh Harriers while waiting the boat. There was nothing much to see along the narrow strip of land west of Dranske, except for a Spotted Flycatcher, . Black Redstart at Dranske.
Then towards Lancken on the north coast to Kreptitz. Very steep steps down the beach. Little Gull P1000438sitting on the water. Sandwich Terns. At Puttgarden . Wigeon, Shoveler, Gadwall, Coots on the pond. Small flock of Corn buntings.P1000436 15 Buzzards spiralling overhead – presumably recent migrants.
North to Kap Wacholder. Steep wooded cliffs with track going east and west. Sea views often obscured by trees, but on the left there was a clearing by a Juniper tree. Little Gull offshore, Yellow Wagtail over. Single Swift.
we set up the scopes on the beach to look at 7 Blackthroated Divers offshore in Tromper Wiek – some still in brilliant summer plumage. Also Little Gulls and 2 Common P1000452Scoter here.
Wed 18 September Small group of Stock Doves and several Cranes near the hotel. Also a Tree Sparrow calling. Headed for Thiessow on the Mönchgut peninsula. Walked a short distance along the wooded cliff path towards Sudperd.. flock of around 300 fishing Cormorants and also Little Gulls and Sandwich Terns. Siskin, Redpoll and Black Redstart..
On to Zudar and headed straight for Mellnitz. This proved to be a very extensive site with a lot of standing water. This is not shown on the map, and in Google earth appears as rough ground As we exited the village on the left a large pond held Bar-tailed Godwits, Ruff, Snipe, Pintail and Marsh Harrier. Further on towards Uselitz where the road becomes concrete, there was more extensive water on the right, with small muddy islands and the sea on the left. Parking by some railings is a good outlook spot. Distant Caspian Tern, waders again – 10 Bar-tailed Godwit, 7 Ruff, Marsh Harrier, 34 Crane, one immature White-tailed Eagle, and a perched Merlin. On to Zudar itself and thru Zicker to the camp site. Walked to the shore. A lot of Bar-tailed Godwit, 4 Sandwich Tern, Goldeneye, and an Eagle on a sand bank
Thursday 19 September
P1000484Karrendorfer Wiesen today, Lot of waders here. Huge numbers of Lapwing, Ruff, Dunlin, Ringed Plover, Curlew Sandpiper, Little Stint, Snipe, Curlew, Grey Plover, Golden Plover ++. Spotted Redshank, Redshank, Greenshank. Water rail and Bearded Tits heard, 2 Sparrow Hawks, Yellow Wagtail, Red-backed Shrike. 2 Marsh Harriers. Did not have time to look along the shore but huge numbers of Swans could be seen. 3 White-tailed Eagles in a tree near the island of Koos. At

Anklam polder we counted 166 Great Egrets!
Friday 20 September
Klotzow polder. Spotted Flycatcher and Goshawk in the wood. White-winged Black Tern, and 2 Black Terns, 2 Eagles, duck ++, 5+ SpoP1000494tted Redshank, Greenshank. The track from the shipping sign to the shore was blocked by tall vegetation whereas in my May visit several years ago it was actually driveable. Johannishof polder was rewarding, particularly for waders: Dunlin, Little Stint, Curlew Sandpiper, Spotted Redshank, Ruff , Bartailed Godwit, Grey Plover.
Left mid morning for the afternoon flight from Schönefeld to Bristol.
Total Species 107

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