Fehmarn (Germany) and Falsterbo (Sweden) 12 to 17 Sept 2014

Roger and Christine White

Summary of a short tour from Hamburg to Fehmarn, then Copenhagen and on to Falsterbo in Sweden.

Friday 12 Sept
Collected hire car from Hamburg airport in the afternoon and drove to Grünebrink on the north coast of Fehmarn.. A lot of waders and Shelduck on the lagoon. No raptors seen.
Saturday 13 Sept

Fehmarn Island

Went to Orth and walked along the dyke. Red-breasted Mergansers on the seaward side. Lapwings ++ and variety of P1010172duck on the inland water. Then on to Markelsdorfer Huk. Walked to the lighthouse then left through a gate to the beach and P1010156continued on to the point. Greenshank, then lot of Spotted Redshank, Avocet, Knot, Redshank, Dunlin, Grey Plover, Lapwing. Eiders on the sea.

Sunday 14 September

A visit to the reserve at Wallnau, It was not a good time to visit and the bird life was sparse. Avocet, Wigeon, Snipe. Back again to the east end of Grünebrink. Numerous Dunlin, Lapwing, Shelduck. Sparrowhawk.

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Monday 15 September
Drive to Lübeck and then train north to Denmark. Picked up car at Copenhagen airport Crossed the Oresund bridge to Sweden, heading for Skanor.
Tuesday 16 September
Sunny today but still fresh east wind. Got to the lighthouse area about 8.45. Small bird migration still in full swing against the east wind. 3 Woodlark as we got out of the car. Stood near the lighthouse and watched Chaffinches, Linnets, Siskins coming in large numbers. Lots of Sparrowhawks (50+) a few Buzzards, Marsh Harrier, 2 Hobby, Merlin around the lighthouse, 3 Red Kites, One low Honey Buzzard as we got back to the car. Ate lunch at the Heath. Some high Buzzards, Red Kites, and more Sparrow hawks.
Wednesday 17 September
At the lighthouse at 8.30. Not quite so windy, but still east. Fewer small birds and not quite the same Sparrow hawk numbers. Late am went back to the lighthouse. Some more raptors around. 2+ Hobby, Red Kites and distant larger raptors. Goldcrests, Chiff Chaffs, Black Woodpecker around the lighthouse. Cranes, Marsh Harrier, Sparrowhawks. Tree pipit, Crossbill.. Back to Copenhagen for the return flight to Bristol.

Full details of the sites on Fehmarn are in “A Birdwatching Guide to North East Germany and its Baltic coast” – see Information section.

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Mecklenburg Vorpommern polders 2 to 6 June 2014

Roger White, Robin Prytherch and Ken Hall

This is an abbreviated account, describing the main highlights of this 4 day trip.

Itinerary: Torgelow, Anklam and Dargun.

Monday 2 June
Afternoon flight Bristol to Berlin. Night at Torgelow

Tuesday 3 June
Stopped on the road Klepelshagen.. In the distance where P1000950mowing was being done were 4+ White-tailed Eagle, 2 Red Kite. Red-backed Shrike by the roadside. Near Klepelshagen were 20+ Black Tern on the pond. Also Common Tern on platforms. Osprey on pole in distance. Marsh Warblers. Marsh Harrier. Wood Warblers nearby. Continued on to Galenbecker See where we P1000960walked down to a rather rickety platform overlooking the lake. Here and nearby were Black Woodpecker, Golden Oriole, Marsh Warbler, Icterine Warbler, Fieldfare, Thrush Nightingale. Common Terns on the lake. Further views of the lake from the Fischerei but nothing new seen.

A short stop in the village of Putzar in a small park provided views of Tree Creeper, Black Woodpecker and Redstart P1000971Bearded Tits in the reeds on the south shore of Putzarer See. Board walk continues through the reeds over standing water, but a false step means wet feet, and the view at the end is no better than from the platform.

A short walk along the wet valley at Landgrabental bei Zinzow. Grasshopper Warbler, Sedge Warbler and Whinchat. We did not walk as far as the standing water.

In the meadows and scrub near Leopoldshagen on the Settin lagoon. were Yellow Wagtail, Marsh, Icterine and Great Reed Warbler. Also Blacktailed Godwits. Night at Anklam.

Wednesday P10009874 June
At Schanzenberg east of Anklam were Grasshopper and Savi’s Warbler and Thrush Nightingale. Continued to Kamp polder where there were breeding Blackheaded Gull and Black tern.

On to Bugewitz, polder and drove towards Rosenhagen. Sedge and Reed Warbler, Yellow Wagtail, Rosefinch. Thousands of Cormorants in trees in distance.
P1000994Anklam West polder. Great Egrets, Black and Whiskered Terns, Two Sea Eagles, Black-necked Grebes. Drove along the track and in the tree area came to a covered observation platform. P1000996Good display boards.
Menzlin polder. Highlights here during a short walk Red-necked Grebe, Penduline tits feeding young and Rosefinch. Also River Warbler singing.

On to Murchiner Wiesen. There were Tree pipit. Whinchat, Stonechat. we did not proceed to Johannishof polder but instead went on to Dargun. Levin polder was different from usual because there were no Marsh Terns. However, 6 Garganey, Shoveler, Gadwall, both Red and Black Kites, Sedge, and Savi’s Warbler. Osprey nest in distance. to the south
At Große Rosin polder were Black Tern and Common Terns, Garganey. Night at Dargun.

Thursday 5 June
From Dargun we drove to Klein Menzlin and on to Nehringen. The track down to the valleys proved to be very rewarding as P1010012usual. In this open marshy ground with willow bushes, birds included. Yellow Wagtail, Barred Warbler, Marsh Warbler, Thrush Nightingale, Marsh Tit, Red-backed Shrike,

Friday 6 June
Left Dargun to go to Heilige Hallen. Storks nest at the forest centre near Lüttenhagen. Short walk into the forest from Paradise Gardens. Could not find Red-breasted Flycatcher on this occasion. Firecrest heard and briefly seen. P1010022

Back to Berlin for the pm flight.

Species count 115 (16 Species of Warbler)

West Havelland, Brandenburg 21 to 24 October 2012

Roger White and Stephen Daly

This was a ‘fam’ (Familiarisation visit) in preparation for the tours by Limosa and Travelling Naturalist starting in 2013.

22 October Semlin. At the lake were Great Egrets, Black-headed, Common and Herring Gull. Tree Sparrows. At the lake near Ferchesar there was not  much on the water, but Goldcrest and Marsh Tit in the pines, and Redpolls flew over. On to Buckow, via Nennhausen. A short stop in the side road just after crossing the railway bridge, where there were 6 Buzzards and scattered Lapwings. At the main tower hide Great-Bustard-flock-Germany_4496[1]were 3 Hen Harriers. Common Buzzards +, some very pale, but surprisingly, no Rough-legged Buzzards. No Great Bustards seen from the hide. but there were 36 (33 females) were feeding in a rape field near Buschow. Near Haage  was a flock of ca 2000 Lapwings and 200 Golden Plover, and 12 male Common-Cranes_4525[1]Great Bustards.  Lot of Cranes in the fields around here.

A walk in the woodland near Nennhausen failed to produce either Black or Middle Spotted Woodpecker – just Great Spotted and Marsh Tits.  Next stop Linum ponds for the Crane roost, At 1700 Geese and Cranes were already arriving in large numbers. Amazing noise. 60,000 Cranes had been counted the previous day. 50 Great Egrets had already arrived.

23 October
Left at 0900 through Parey to Gülpe See via Große Graben Niederung.  Mainly Greylags in the fields. Yellow Hammers, Reed and Corn Buntings. On the approach to Gülpe  there was a Rough-legged Buzzard at last. Misty view of the lake  from the main hide. Variety of duck here including a Redhead Smew. A Goshawk flew in. nearby. There were two White-Sea-Eaglr_4619[1]tailed Eagles on the left in trees. One gave great views as it flew past us in front of the hide. Lot of small birds in the woodland here (as usual) They included Crested Tit, Marsh Tit, Willow Tit, Brambling. Went round to north bank of the lake. 3 Rough-legged Buzzard, flock of Fieldfare. Stopped at the Pump house for lunch.  2 more Rough-legged Buzzard, and a large flock of Corn Bunting. Crossed the river towards Havelberg. Hen Harrier and two Great Grey Shrikes on the way, seen from the car.

24 October
Strengsee. Good views of Bean Geese in the stubble and great BeardBean-Geese-juvs_4737[1]ed Tit views. Whooper Swans, Great Egrets, Wigeon, Shoveler.
On the way back to the airport a Black Woodpecker flew across in front  of the car. We stopped at the south shore Großer Müggelsee, south Berlin. However the birds were too far away to identify, since they were all on the north side of the lake. On the previous day Red-necked, Slavonian and Black-necked Grebe had been seen as well as a Black-throated Diver.

Species List October 2012
Whooper Swan – 4 Strengsee
Geese. Large numbers everywhere, mostly Bean Geese, feeding in the fields, on the water at the lakes and ponds or flying over. The roost at Linum must have contained over 10,000.
White-fronted Goose.
Bean Goose
Greylag Goose
Wigeon
Gadwall
Teal
Shoveler
Pochard
Tufted Duck
Goldeneye – few at Gülper See
Smew – 1 Gülper See
Common Crane – flocks of varying sizes were common in the fields and huge numbers came to the Linum Roost
Great Egret – commonly seen. 50 at Linum roost
Red Kite – ca 10
Hen Harrier – ca 10
Sparrow Hawk – 4
Goshawk – One Gülper See
Merlin – 1
Kestrel -5
Common Buzzard – very common
Rough-legged Buzzard – 7
White-tailed Eagle – 7
Great Bustard – 48 seen. In two flocks in the Buckow area
Golden Plover – 2 flocks, with Lapwings
Lapwing – flocks of up to 2,000
Kingfisher – 1 on the canal near Liepe
Black Woodpecker – 1
Swallow – 1
Black Redstart – 1
Great Grey Shrike – 4
Bearded Tit – 3 groups at Strengsee
Willow Tit 2
Marsh Tit – 6
Crested Tit – 2
Tree Sparrow – common
Brambling – 2 flocks
Siskin – surprisingly, only 1
Redpoll – small numbers
Corn Bunting – several flocks of 50+

Also seen: Mute Swan, Mallard, Pheasant, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Cormorant, Grey Heron, Moorhen, Coot, BH, Common and Herring Gull, Feral Pigeon, Stock Dove, Woodpigeon Collared Dove, Green, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Wren, Robin, Blackbird, Fieldfare, Song Thrush, Redwing, Goldcrest, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Nuthatch, Tree Creeper sp, Jay, Magpie, Jackdaw, Rook, Carrion Crow, Hooded Crow, Raven, Starling, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Yellow Hammer.
Total Species – 83

Surprising Omissions: White Wagtail, Coal Tit, Dunnock
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West Brandenburg and Elbe 15 to 18 July 2011

Roger and Christine White

This was an even more rapid recce than usual, visiting some bird sites on our way to the river Elbe.

Friday 15 July
Flight to Berlin
Sat 16 July
IMG_2028Sunny and warm. am visit to the ponds at Reckahn. (Turn off E30 at J78 (the Brandenburg Turn) and then south towards Belzig on 102). Osprey here and a good selection of waders: Snipe, Ruff, Spotted Redshank and Greenshank.

IMG_2038Walchow. This is the most reliable Little Crake site in Brandenburg. It is situated NE of the city of Brandenburg. A walk through here yielded Red-backed Shrike, Marsh Harrier, Goshawk and the usual wetland warblers.

Sunday 16 July
On towards Rühstädt. Montague’s Harrier between Legde IMG_2046and Abbendorf in a Lupin field. Also Quail here. At Rühstadt there were over 40 White Stork nests. There was a webcam of the nest on the visitor centre.

The weir at Gnevsdorf was a very attractive site with views over the Havel and the Elbe.

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Monday 17 July
IMG_2063To Lenzen, via Lanz the thru Wustrow to the new dyke. Red-backed Shrike, Very good area of water here with Greylag Geese ++ and Little Ringed Plover. Quail heard, Yellow Wagtail.
Two White-tailed Eagle.

Tuesday 28 July Back to Berlin.

Berlin and Linum 16 – 17 May 2011

Roger White

15 May Bristol to Berlin.
16 May Breakfast at 6.30 am. Visited Mittelbruch in the north of the city. Parked at the end of Eupener Strasse and walked mittelbruchthrough the reserve. A Goshawk flew across carrying a bird and followed by the larger female. Black Kite overhead. Heard a Wryneck. Two Wood Warbler singing. Tufted Duck and Little Grebe on the pond..

IMG_1974Then on to Kippe Schönerlinde. Tree pipit, Golden Orioles +, Singing Grasshopper Warbler. Garden Warbler. Whitethroat.

Next stop Malchow. to view the White Stork nest before visiting Falkenberger Riesenfelder. (former sewage farm). Whinchat singing. Quite a lot of water IMG_1980with Lapwing and other waders (too far away for id, but probably Ruff.) Corn Bunting, pair of Stonechat, Yellow Wagtail.

Next stop Hobrechtsfelde and a walk as far as the Kleine Teiche. Tufted Duck and Gadwall. Heard and briefly saw a Wryneck. Good view of Icterine Warbler singing. Several Garden Warbler singing. Great Reed Warbler, Stonechat.

17 May.
Linum. Seven White Stork nests in the main street. Around the ponds there was abundant bird life.
Red-crested Pochard, Marsh Harrier, Hobby, Black Headed Gulls, Common Terns, Lot of Great Reed Warbler, good Marsh Warbler views. Savi’s, Sedge, and Reed Warbler. Willow Tit. Fieldfare near Linumhorst. Display board at Stork centre showing Crane numbers.

Quick visit to Korzin near Beelitz where there were distant waders on the muddy pools but telescope would have been needed for id. Yellow Wagtail, Osprey on pole. Marsh Harrier.
Airport was the next stop.

Berlin and Linum 16 – 17 May 2011

Roger White

15 May Bristol to Berlin. Stayed at Ibis.
16 May Breakfast at 6.30 am. Visited Mittelbruch in the north of the city. Parked at the end of Eupener Strasse and walked through the reserve. A Goshawk flew across carrying a bird and followed by the larger female. Black Kite overhead. Heard a Wryneck. Two Wood Warbler singing. Tufted Duck and Little Grebe on the pond..

Then on to Kippe Schönerlinde. Tree pipit, Golden Orioles +, Singing Grasshopper Warbler. Garden Warbler. Whitethroat.

Next stop Malchow. to view the White Stork nest before visiting Falkenberger Riesenfelder. (former sewage farm). Whinchat singing. Quite a lot of water with Lapwing and other waders (too far away for id, but probably Ruff.) Corn Bunting, pair of Stonechat, Yellow Wagtail.

Next stop Hobrechtsfelde and had a walk as far as the Kleine Teiche. Tufted Duck and Gadwall. Heard and briefly saw a Wryneck. Good view of Icterine Warbler singing. Several Garden Warbler singing. Great Reed Warbler, Stonechat.

17 May.
Linum. Seven Stork nests in the main street. Around the ponds there was abundant bird life.
Red Crested Pochard, Marsh Harrier, Hobby, Black Headed Gulls, Common Terns, Lot of Great Reed Warbler, good Marsh Warbler views. Savi’s, Sedge, and Reed Warbler. Willow Tit. Fieldfare near Linumhorst. Display board at Stork center showing Crane numbers.

North and South West Brandenburg 13 – 15 June 2010

Roger White
This was another rapid ‘recce’ looking at some sites in the north and south west of Brandenburg. Only the most rewarding sites, and selected species are mentioned.

13 June 2010
1840 flight to Berlin.

14 June
Left airport hotel at 0725 and headed north. Took junction 8 to Finksberg., heading for Fergitz tower, near Suckow. There IMG_1775is a good view of the lake from here. A lot of birds : Marsh Warbler, Icterine Warbler, Thrush Nightingale, Bearded Tit. Skylark and Whinchat. In a wood with Black Poplars. Golden Oriole, Fieldfares. In the bushy areas were Red-backed Shrikes and Barred Warbler.

At the small pond at Stromtal, near Boitzenburg were Grasshopper Warbler, Great Reed Warbler, Garganey, and Hobby.

IMG_1787Then to Boitzenburg. On the way, Two Osprey nests on pylons, seen well from the road. After Berkholz, I drove down a rough track to a water mill, and walked through the woodland. A lot of old timber. Several Wood Warbler singing. Middle Spotted Woodpecker and Crested Tit. Cranes calling.,

Then to Suckersee. Female Red Breasted Flycatcher. After failing to find a room at 2 hotels and I found a room in the Freizeit Hotel in Furstenburg.

15 June
IMG_1792Zehdenik. NSG Klienitz near the station was a very good site. You walk along a grass track with damp woodland patches of open water on the right with open marshy ground on the left and small pools. Green Sandpiper, Lapwing, 6 Teal. Marsh Warbler Greylags, Path bends round to the left past a small lake. Small island with breeding Common Tern and Black Headed Gull on platforms and tree stumps. Pair of Cranes.

Southto Jutenbog, and walked along sandy tracks and light IMG_1795woodland from Marfendorf towards wind turbines. Hawfinch, Redstart, Willow Warbler, and Pied Flycatcher. Took several wrong turnings on the way back and took a while to get back to the car.

Then Stangenhagen late pm. Osprey on nest. Penduline tit called. Marsh and Great Reed, Sedge and River Warbler, Crane.

Then to the small village of Korzin.Nothing much to see from the viewing platform, but Osprey on pole in view.

Evening flight to Bristol.