Bee-eaters breeding in North Germany

Bee-eaters were first recorded as breeding in Germany about 25 years ago. During the last 10 years there has been a marked increase. The total number of breeding pairs now exceeds 1000, most of which are in the state of Saxony-Anhalt.
In the past there have been records further north of single pairs in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, but this is the first year that there have been multiple breeding pairs. Currently 3 pairs are feeding young in an old sand quarry near Anklam in the north east of the State. There are single pairs at 2 other sites.
(Information given by Eberhard Frundt and from the Germany breeding bird atlas)

Geese and Duck etc in Northern Germany

Recent reports from the polder areas and meadows near to Anklam in North East Germany, include Whooper Swan,  flocks of White-fronted Geese numbering several thousand and  good numbers of Tundra Bean Geese and Barnacles. Off shore have been at least 2 flocks of around 10,000 Scaup and several hundred Long-tailed Duck.  Smew have been off shore, in the flooded polders and at Galenbecker See. Other birds of interest are several Rough-legged Buzzard, and the usual White-tailed Eagles. The sought after woodpeckers: Black, Middle Spotted and Lesser Spotted have all been recorded in the last week or two.

The February visit to Schleswig Holstein has now been published.

The first Year

In its first year this website has been viewed from 50 different countries. Most visitors are from UK and Germany, with USA not far behind. This shows the increasing worldwide interest in Bird-watching in north east Germany.

I wish all visitors a happy and healthy new year.                  Roger White

November Trip report

A short report of a November weekend in Schleswig Holstein has been posted on the Trip Reports page. Since then, there have been increasing reports of Rough-legged Buzzards along the north sea coast, There have been further sightings of Short-eared Owl, and on 8 December a Snowy Owl near Dagebull.