Birdwatching around Lake Constance (Bodensee) – especially on the Austrian and the German lake shore

2002 – 2008

 

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Excursions

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Hans Schick
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Species List
Bird Gallery of this report

 
 


Introduction

From 2002 to 2008 I had the opportunity to visit Lake Constance (Bodensee) once a year. I always spent a day in the surroundings of Fußach, where the River Rhine flows into the lake. This area is a well known birding place (Vorarlberger Rheindelta) and has the status of a nature reserve. In addition I visited other interesting sites at the German lake shore as the Peninsula of Mettnau, the Island of Reichenau, Lake Mindelsee or the natur reserves Wolmatinger Ried and Eriskircher Ried. The observations made during the last seven years are summarized in this report.

Itinerary

09.12.2002:
Flight with Hahn Air from Berlin-Tempelhof to Friedrichshafen. Transfer by car, ferry, and bus to the railway station of Konstanz. Drive with a local train from Konstanz to Hegne. Birdwatching from the campsite of  Hegne on the water expanses of Lake Gnadensee. Thereafter hiking tour along the northern shore of the lake to the causeway to the Island of Reichenau. Birdwatching from the causeway and from the remainders of Castlle Schopflen on the water expanses of Lake Constance and Lake Gnadensee. Return to Konstanz after a hiking tour to the railway station of Wolmatingen and a short rail journey.

11.10.2003:  Flight from Berlin-Tegel to Zürich. Rail journey from Zürich Airport to Hard-Fußach near Bregenz in Vorarlberg (Austria). Accommodation in the guest-house Ahorn 2 in Fußach. In the afternoon birdwatching during a hiking tour along the western dyke on the water expanses of the River Rhine, the Lagoon and the Fußach Bay.
12.10.2003: Again birdwatching on the water expanses of the Lagoon and the Fußach Bay. Return to the guest-house Ahorn 2 along the lake dyke (Seedeich). In the late afternoon rail journey to Konstanz.

17.07.2004: Flight from Berlin-Tegel to Zürich. Rail journey from Zürich Airport to Hard-Fußach near Bregenz in Vorarlberg (Austria). Accommodation in the guest-house Ahorn 2 in Fußach. In the afternoon birdwatching on the water expanses of the River Rhine and the Lagoon.
18.07.2004: Hiking tour along the lake shore to Rohrspitz. In the late afternoon rail journey to Konstanz.
19.07.2004: In the afternoon birdwatching in the nature reserve Wolmatinger Ried. Thereafter rail journey from Konstanz to Zurich Airport and return flight to Berlin-Tegel.

16.04.2005:  Flight from Berlin-Tegel to Zürich. Rail journey from Zürich Airport to Hard-Fußach near Bregenz in Vorarlberg (Austria). Accommodation in the guest-house Ahorn 2 in Fußach. In the afternoon birdwatching on the water expanses of the River Rhine, the Lagoon, and the Fußach Bay.
17.04.2005: Birdwatching in the same areas and rail journey to Konstanz in the late afternoon.

06.05.2006:  Flight from Berlin-Tegel to Zürich. Rail journey from Zürich Airport to Hard-Fußach near Bregenz in Vorarlberg (Austria). Accommodation in the guest-house Ahorn 2 in Fußach. In the afternoon birdwatching on the water expanses of the River Rhine, the Lagoon, and the Fußach Bay.
07.05.2006: Birdwatching in the same areas and in the meadows between the village of Fußach and the lake. In the late afternoon rail journey to Konstanz .
08.05.2006: In the afternoon rail jorney from Wolmatingen to Markelfingen. Walk from the railway station to Lake Mindelsee and hiking tour around the water expanse. In the evening rail journey from Markelfingen via Konstanz to Zurich Airport and return flight to Berlin-Tegel.

17.11.2007: Flight from Berlin-Tegel to Zürich. Drive with a rented car via Konstanz to Radolfszell. Birdwatching during a hiking tour on the Mettnau Peninsula.
18.11.2007: Drive with the rented car from Konstanz to Fußach near Bregenz in Vorarlberg (Austria). Bird watching on the water expanses of the River Rhine, the Lagoon and the Fußach Bay. In the afternoon return drive to Konstanz.
19.11.2007: In the afternoon short drive to the remainders of the Castle Schopflen at the end of the causeway to the Island of Reichenau. Birdwatching on the water expanses of Lake Constance. Thereafter drive to Zurich Airport and return flight to Berlin-Tegel.

25.10.2008: Flight from Berlin-Tegel to Zürich. Drive with a rented car from the airport via Winterthur, St. Gallen, and St. Margrethen to Fußach near Bregenz (Austria). Bird watching on the water expanses of the River Rhine, the Lagoon and the Fußach Bay. In the afternoon drive to Bregenz and accomodation for one night in the Hotel Germania.
26.10.2008: In the morning drive from Bregenz via Lindau to Eriskirch on the northern (German) shore of Lake Constance. Birdwatching during a hiking tour across the nature reserve Eriskircher Ried between the mouth of the River Schlussen and the mouth of the River Rottach. In the evening drive via Friedrichshafen and Meersburg to Konstanz.
27.10.2008: In the afternoon short drive from Wolmatingen to Hegne and birdwatching on the water expanses near the campsite of Hegne. Thereafter drive via Konstanz to Zurich Airport and return flight to Berlin-Tegel.

Registration of the observations
All ornithological observations were registered in the databank OrniDB97–2.20, developed by Ralf Schirmeister (www.ralf-schirmeister.de for download) and were edited in two different ways. Under the heading "Excursions" one finds the complete records to the different observation places in chronological order. Under the heading "Species List" one finds the date, the place, and the number of observed individuals in systematic order. In the section Excursions some photos give an impression of the visited areas, in the Species List one finds some photos of birds observed during the excursions.

Field guides and other ornithological literature used

Lars Svensson, Peter J. Grant, Killian Mullarney, Dan Zetterström, Der neue Kosmos-Vogelführer, alle Arten Europas, Nordafrikas und Vorderasiens, Frankh-Kosmos-Verlags-GmbH & Co., Stuttgart, 1999.
This book is equal to:
Killian Mullarney, Lars Svensson, Dan Zetterström, Peter J. Grant, Collins Bird Guide, The Most Complete Field Guide to The Birds of Britain and Europe, HarperCollins, London 1999.
Ch. Moning, Ch. Wagner, Vögel beobachten in Süddeutschland, Frankh-Kosmos Verlags GmbH & Co. KG, Stuttgart, 2005, ISBN-10-3-440-10445-1.

Maps for the orientation in the area
Rund um den Bodensee, Rad- und Freizeitkarte, GeoMap Medienagentur GmbH, Scale 1 : 75 000, ISBN, ISBN 3-933671-88-4.

Links to Birding in Austria
http://www.fatbirder.com/links_geo/europe/austria.html
Links to Birding in Germany, especially in Baden-Württemberg
http://www.fatbirder.com/links_geo/europe/germany_baden-wuerttemberg.html


Excursions

Abbreviations
FN: Kreis Friedrichshafen
KN: Kreis Konstanz

December 2002

09.12.2002, 11:30
Meersburg, FN (Baden-Württemberg, Germany)
–2 °C, overcast.
Great Crested Grebe (Pódiceps cristátus, Haubentaucher):
2, swimming near the harbour.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
10 (at least), swimming near the harbour.
Common Pochard (Áythya férina, Tafelente):
100 (at least), swimming near the harbour.
Tufted Duck (Áythya fulígula, Reiherente):
20 (at least), swimming near the harbour.
Sparrowhawk (Accípiter nisus, Sperber):
1
male, flying over a vineyard.
Black Coot (Fúlica atra, Bleßralle):
30 (at least), swimming near the harbour.
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibúndus, Lachmöwe):
20 (at least), swimming near the harbour.

09.12.2002, 12:40-13:45
Hegne, northern shore of Lake Gnadensee, KN (Baden-Württemberg, Germany)
–5 °C, overcast.
I drove with a regional train within 15 minutes from Konstanz Central Station to Hegne. After a walk of another 15 minutes I reached the shore of Lake Constance (Bodensee). From the campsite, which was closed during the winter, I had a good view on the water expanses of the Lake Gnadensee and the causeway from the mainland to the Island of Reichenau. Due to the overwhelming number of waterfowl I did not try to count the birds.
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor, Höckerschwan):
20 ad., swimming on the lake.
Gadwall (Anas strepéra, Schnatterente):
20 (at least), swimming at the water's edge.
Common Teal (Anas crecca, Krickente):
2 (at least), swimming at the water's edge.
Red-crested Pochard (Netta rúfina, Kolbenente):
20 (at least), swimming at the water's edge.
Common Pochard (Áythya férina, Tafelente):
1000 (at least), swimming at the water's edge.
Tufted Duck (Áythya fulígula, Reiherente):
1000 (at least), swimming at the water's edge.
Goosander (Mergus mergánser, Gänsesäger):
4, swimming on the lake.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
5, on grassland.
Great Tit (Parus major, Kohlmeise):
2, on a poplar.
Eurasian Nuthatch (Sitta europáea, Kleiber):
1, on a poplar.
Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica, Elster):
2, on grassland.
Carrion Crow (Corvus coróne coróne, Rabenkrähe):
20, on grassland.

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Hegne, northern shore of Lake Gnadensee, KN (Baden-Württemberg, Germany)
(09.12.2002

09.12.2002, 13:45-14:20
HegneReichenau, hiking tour, KN (Baden-Württemberg, Germany)
–5 °C, overcast.
From the railway station Hegne I walked along the railway and later on a paved track up to the causeway from the mainland to the Island of Reichenau. The following bird species could be observed.
Common Buzzard (Búteo búteo, Mäusebussard):
1, calling in flight.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
4, on grassland.
Blue Tit (Parus caerúleus, Blaumeise):
1, in a shrub.
Jay (Gárrulus glandárius, Eichelhäher):
4, on grassland.
Carrion Crow (Corvus coróne coróne, Rabenkrähe):
1, on grassland.

09.12.2002, 14:20
Reichenau, causeway to the island, KN (Baden-Württemberg, Germany)
–5 °C, overcast.
I walked on the causeway from the carpark to the Castle of Schopflen (Burg Schopflen) on the Island of Reichenau. Especially at the end of the walk I had good views on both sides of the causeway to the water expanses of the Gnadensee and the Ermatinger Becken. In the last mentioned area there were thousands of roosting water birds.
Great Crested Grebe (Pódiceps cristátus, Haubentaucher):
1, swimming.
Great Cormorant (Phalacrócorax carbo, Kormoran):
5 (at least), flying.
Common Heron (Árdea cinérea, Graureiher):
1, at the edge of a reedbed.
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor, Höckerschwan):
50 ad., swimming on the lake.
Goose (Anser spec., unbestimmte Gans):
5, flying over the lake.
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeáta, Löffelente):
1 male, among Tufted Ducks and Pochards.
Common Pochard (Áythya férina, Tafelente):
1000 (at least), at the edge of a reedbed.
Tufted Duck (Áythya fulígula, Reiherente):
1000 (at least), at the edge of a reedbed.
Black Coot (Fúlica atra, Bleßralle):
1000 (at least), at the edge of a reedbed.
Great Tit (Parus major, Kohlmeise):
4, on a poplar on the causeway.
Eurasian Nuthatch (Sitta europáea, Kleiber):
1, on a poplar on the causeway.
Common Tree Creeper (Cérthia familiáris, Waldbaumläufer):
1, on a poplarl. Flanks white.

 

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View from the remainders of Castel Schopflen on Lake Constance, KN (Baden-Württemberg, Germany)
(09.12.2002)
 

October 2003

11.10.2003, 16:30-17:30
Fußach, River Rhine, Vorarlberg (Austria)
16 °C, sunny.
From Berlin I had ordered an accomodation in the guest-house Ahorn 2 in Fußach (Tel. und Fax: 0043-5578-72 557). I reached this house from the railway station Hardt-Fußach with my trolley and a rucksack within 30 minutes. Soon after my arrival I walked along the western dyke of the River Rhine to the mouth of the river. – The following bird species could be observed.
Little Grebe (Pódiceps ruficóllis, Zwergtaucher):
1, swimming.
Great Cormorant (Phalacrócorax carbo, Kormoran):
1, flying.
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor, Höckerschwan):
1 ad., swimming.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
6, swimming on the river.
Goosander (Mergus mergánser, Gänsesäger):
14 (3,11), roosting on a sandbank in the river (photos).
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibúndus, Lachmöwe):
100 (at least), swimming on the river.
White Wagtail (Motacílla alba, Bachstelze):
13 (10 + 3), at the dyke.
Robin (Eríthacus rubécula, Rotkehlchen):
1, on the track.
Blue Tit (Parus caerúleus, Blaumeise):
1, calling.

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Fußach, the western dyke of the Rhine River, Vorarlberg (Austria)
(11.10.2003)

11.10.2003, 17:00
Fußach Bay, north of the lagoon, Vorarlberg (Austria)
16 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed on the lake north of the lagoon.
Great Crested Grebe (Pódiceps cristátus, Haubentaucher):
50 (at least), swimming.
Red-crested Pochard (Netta rúfina, Kolbenente):
20, swimming,
Common Pochard (Áythya férina, Tafelente):
100 (at least), swimming.
Tufted Duck (Áythya fulígula, Reiherente):
1000 (at least), swimming.
Black Coot (Fúlica atra, Bleßralle):
200 (at least), swimming.

 

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Fußach Bay, north of the lagoon, Vorarlberg (Austria)
(11.10.2003)

11.10.2003, 17:30-18:40
Fußach, Lagoon, Vorarlberg (Austria)
16 °C, sunny.
Arriving on the track along the westbank of the Rhine River I walked anticlockwise around the lagoon. – The following bird species were observed on the water expanse of the lagoon.
Great Crested Grebe (Pódiceps cristátus, Haubentaucher):
4, swimming.
Common Heron (Árdea cinérea, Graureiher):
3, at the water's edge.
Gadwall (Anas strepéra, Schnatterente):
18, swimming.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
100 (at least).
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeáta, Löffelente):
17, swimming.
Red-crested Pochard (Netta rúfina, Kolbenente):
50 (at least), swimming.
Common Pochard (Áythya férina, Tafelente):
10 (at least), swimming.
Tufted Duck (Áythya fulígula, Reiherente):
100 (at least), swimming.
Curlew (Numénius arquáta, Großer Brachvogel):
7, roosting on mudflats.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
18, flying.
White Wagtail (Motacílla alba, Bachstelze):
20, at the water's edge.
Robin (Eríthacus rubécula, Rotkehlchen):
1, in shrubs.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
1, on the track.

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Fußach, Lagoon, Vorarlberg (Austria)
(11.10.2003)

11.10.2003, 18:00-18:40
Fußach Bay, water expanse west of the lagoon, Vorarlberg (Austria)
14 °C, before sunset.
There were overwhelming numbers of ducks on the water expanses west of the lagoon. I did not try to count them.
Great Cormorant (Phalacrócorax carbo, Kormoran): 600, on trees at the lake shore.
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor, Höckerschwan):
8 ad., swimming.
Common Pochard (Áythya férina, Tafelente):
100 (at least).
Tufted Duck (Áythya fulígula, Reiherente):
100 (at least).
Black Coot (Fúlica atra, Bleßralle):
100 (at least).
Starling (Sturnus vulgáris, Star):
50
, flying.
Bat (species? Fledermaus):
2, after sunset.

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Sunset at the Fußach Bay, water expanse west of the lagoon, Vorarlberg (Austria)
(11.10.2003)

12.10.2003, 09:00-09:45
Fußach, from the village to the Rheindeltahaus, Vorarlberg (Austria)
12 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed during the walk from the guest-house Ahorn 2 to the carpark at the beginning of the nature reserve.
Sparrowhawk (Accípiter nisus, Sperber):
1
, flying.
Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrócopos major, Buntspecht):
1, calling.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
1, at a house.
Fieldfare (Turdus piláris, Wacholderdrossel):
4, flying.
Great Tit (Parus major, Kohlmeise):
2, calling.
Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica, Elster):
3, near houses or on grassland..
Carrion Crow (Corvus coróne coróne, Rabenkrähe):
4, on a crane.
Starling (Sturnus vulgáris, Star):
1
, flying.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
30, 20 of them on a dustbin.
Greenfinch (Chloris chloris, Grünfink):
2, flying.
Goldfinch (Carduélis carduélis, Stieglitz):
5, on thistles.

12.10.2003, 09:45-10:50
Fußach, Fußach Bay, most eastern part, Vorarlberg (Austria)
17 °C, sunny.
About 100 m past the carpark at the beginning of the nature reserve one has a good view over the most eastern part of the Fußach Bay. – The following bird species could be observed.
Little Grebe (Pódiceps ruficóllis, Zwergtaucher):
2, swimming.
Great Crested Grebe (Pódiceps cristátus, Haubentaucher):
2, swimming.
Common Heron (Árdea cinérea, Graureiher):
1, flying.
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor, Höckerschwan):
2 ad., swimming.
Red-crested Pochard (Netta rúfina, Kolbenente):
22, swimming or roosting (photos).
Tufted Duck (Áythya fulígula, Reiherente):
7, swimming.
Common Morhen (Gallínula chlóropus, Teichralle):
1, at the edge of a reedbed.
Black Coot (Fúlica atra, Bleßralle):
20, swimming.
White Wagtail (Motacílla alba, Bachstelze):
3, at the water's edge..
Robin (Eríthacus rubécula, Rotkehlchen):
1, on the track.
Great Tit (Parus major, Kohlmeise):
2, in shrubs along the track.
Jay (Gárrulus glandárius, Eichelhäher):
1, calling.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
4, in willow shrubs.

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Fußach, Fußach Bay, most eastern part, Vorarlberg (Austria)
(12.10.2003)

12.10.2003, 10:50-12:30
Fußach, Fußach Bay, Vorarlberg (Austria)
17 °C, sunny.
I walked on the west side of the lagoon up to the north-western edge, then I returned. – The following bird species were observed on the water expanses of the Fußach Bay.
Great White Egret (Casmerodius albus, Silberreiher):
2, at the edge of a reedbed.
Common Heron (Árdea cinérea, Graureiher):
22, at the edge of a reedbed.
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor, Höckerschwan):
30, swimming.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
100 (at least), swimming.
Red-crested Pochard (Netta rúfina, Kolbenente):
50 (at least), swimming.
Common Pochard (Áythya férina, Tafelente):
1000 (at least), swimming. Main species.
Common Goldeneye (Bucéphala clángula, Schellente):
2, swimming.
Black Coot (Fúlica atra, Bleßralle):
1000 (at least), swimming.
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibúndus, Lachmöwe):
50 (at least), swimming.
Greenfinch (Chloris chloris, Grünfink):
15, in shrubs along the track.

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Fußach, Fußach Bay, Vorarlberg (Austria)
(12.10.2003)

12.10.2003, 10:50-12:30
Fußach, Lagoon, Vorarlberg (Austria)
17 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed on the water expanse of the lagoon.
Great Crested Grebe (Pódiceps cristátus, Haubentaucher):
5 (at least), swimming.
Great Cormorant (Phalacrócorax carbo, Kormoran):
3, flying.
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor, Höckerschwan):
2 ad., swimming.
Wigeon (Anas penélope, Pfeifente):
2 (at least), swimming.
Gadwall (Anas strepéra, Schnatterente):
10 (at least), swimming.
Common Teal (Anas crecca, Krickente):
2 malesn, swimming.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
50 (at least), swimming or roosting on the water's edge.
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeáta, Löffelente):
35 (at least), swimming.
Red-crested Pochard (Netta rúfina, Kolbenente):
50 (at least), swimming or roosting near the water's edge.
Smew (Mergus albéllus, Zwergsäger):
1 female, swimming.
Goosander (Mergus mergánser, Gänsesäger):
1 females, (at least), swimming.
Redshank (Tringa tótanus, Rotschenkel):
3, in shallow water.

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Fußach, the path on the westside of the lagoon, Vorarlberg (Austria)
(12.10.2003)

12.10.2003, 11:45
Fußach Bay, north of the lagoon, Vorarlberg (Austria)
17 °C, sunny.
Large numbers of waterfowl were swimming on the water expanses north of the lagoon.
Great Crested Grebe (Pódiceps cristátus, Haubentaucher):
100 (at least), swimming.
Common Pochard (Áythya férina, Tafelente):
200 (at least), swimming.
Tufted Duck (Áythya fulígula, Reiherente):
1000 (at least), swimming.
Black Coot (Fúlica atra, Bleßralle):
100 (at least), swimming.

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Fußach, view from the north-western corner of the lagoon to the dyked mouth of the Rhine River, Vorarlberg (Austria)
(12.10.2003)

12.10.2003, 12:30
Fußach, Fußach Bay, most eastern part, Vorarlberg (Austria)
17 °C, sunny.
Auf dem Rückweg wurden zu den bereits am Morgen notierten Arten noch festgestellt:
Black-necked Grebe (Pódiceps nigricóllis, Schwarzhalstaucher):
1, in non-breeding plumage with characteristic red eyes.
Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus, Sumpfohreule):
1, flying southwards along the dyke of the River Rhine. – First personal obvservation.

12.10.2003, 13:25-15:00
Fußach, lake dyke (Seedamm), Vorarlberg (Austria)
17 °C, sunny.
At the end of my excursions in the nature reserve Vorarlberger Rheindelta I walked along the lake dyke (Seedamm) in the direction of Rohrspitz. – The following bird species could be observed.
Common Heron (Árdea cinérea, Graureiher):
50, at the edge of a reedbed.
Ruff (Philomáchus pugnax, Kampfläufer):
1, in shallow water near the edge of a reedbed (photos).
Curlew (Numénius arquáta, Großer Brachvogel):
300, roosting in shallow water near the edge of a reedbed (photos).
Black Redstart (Phoenicúrus ochrúros, Hausrotschwanz):
1, on a willow tree.
Starling (Sturnus vulgáris, Star):
2
, on a tree.

 

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Fußach, lake dyke (Seedamm), Vorarlberg (Austria)
(12.10.2003)

 

July 2004

17.07.2004,
Fußach, River Rhine, Vorarlberg (Austria)
25 °C, fair.
The following 20 bird species were observed during a hiking tour along the dyked Rhine River.
Great Crested Grebe (Pódiceps cristátus, Haubentaucher):
7, swimming.
Great Cormorant (Phalacrócorax carbo, Kormoran):
11, flying.
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor, Höckerschwan):
1 ad., swimming.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
5, swimming.
Red-crested Pochard (Netta rúfina, Kolbenente):
1 female, swimming.
Goosander (Mergus mergánser, Gänsesäger):
2 female, swimming.
Black Coot (Fúlica atra, Bleßralle):
6, swimming.
Ringed Plover (Charádrius hiatícula, Sandregenpfeifer):
1, at the water's edge.
Redshank (Tringa tótanus, Rotschenkel):
2, on sands.
Common Sandpiper (Actítis hypoléucos, Flußuferläufer):
1, on sands.
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibúndus, Lachmöwe):
20, swimming.
Common Tern (Sterna hirúndo, Flußseeschwalbe):
12, flying.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
10 (at least), flying.
White Wagtail (Motacílla alba, Bachstelze):
6, on a meadow or at the water's edge.
Reed Warbler (Acrocéphalus scirpáceus, Teichrohrsänger):
1, singing.
Blackcap (Sýlvia atricapílla, Mönchsgrasmücke):
1, singing.
Chiffchaff (Phyllóscopus collýbita, Zilpzalp):
1, singing.
Carrion Crow (Corvus coróne coróne, Rabenkrähe):
2, flying.
Starling (Sturnus vulgáris, Star):
10
, on a meadow.
Goldfinch (Carduélis carduélis, Stieglitz):
1, singing.

17.07.2004, 17:20-19:30
Fußach, Lagoon, Vorarlberg (Austria)
25 °C, fair.
The following bird species were observed on the lagoon and in its surroundings.
Great Crested Grebe (Pódiceps cristátus, Haubentaucher):
3, swimming.
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor, Höckerschwan):
2 ad., swimming.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
10 (at least), swimming.
Red-crested Pochard (Netta rúfina, Kolbenente):
300 (at least), swimming.
Common Pochard (Áythya férina, Tafelente):
50 (at least), swimming.
Tufted Duck (Áythya fulígula, Reiherente):
50 (at least), swimming.
Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginósus, Rohrweihe):
2 female, flying.
Little Ringed Plover (Charádrius dúbius, Flußregenpfeifer):
2, without white wing bar and with yellow eye-ring.
Common Sandpiper (Actítis hypoléucos, Flußuferläufer):
1, at the water's edge.
Common Tern (Sterna hirúndo, Flußseeschwalbe):
50 ad., on breeding rafts.
Common Swift (Apus apus, Mauersegler):
1, flying.
House Martin (Délichon úrbica, Mehlschwalbe):
20, roosting on a pile of sand.
Black Redstart (Phoenicúrus ochrúros, Hausrotschwanz):
1, in the village.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
1, in the village.
Great Reed Warbler (Acrocéphalus arundináceus, Drosselrohrsänger):
1, singing.
Chiffchaff (Phyllóscopus collýbita, Zilpzalp):
1, singing.
Great Tit (Parus major, Kohlmeise):
1, calling.
Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica, Elster):
1, calling.

18.07.2004, 09:00-15:00
FußachRohrspitz, hiking tour, Vorarlberg (Austria)
22 – 27 °C, sunny.
The following 36 bird species were observed on a hiking tour from Fußach along the Fußach Bay to Rohrspitz and back.
Great Crested Grebe (Pódiceps cristátus, Haubentaucher):
6, swimming, 1 of them with a pullus.
Great Cormorant (Phalacrócorax carbo, Kormoran):
7, 1 of them swimming, 6 flying.
Common Heron (Árdea cinérea, Graureiher):
7, 4 of them flying, 3 at the edge of a pond.
Purple Heron (Árdea purpúrea, Purpurreiher):
1, at the edge of a reedbed.
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor, Höckerschwan):
5 ad., swimming.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
2, among them 1 female with 6 pulli, on a ditch.
Common Pochard (Áythya férina, Tafelente):
10 (at least), swimming.
Tufted Duck (Áythya fulígula, Reiherente):
10 (at least), swimming.
Black Kite (Milvus migrans, Schwarzmilan):
5, flying.
Common Buzzard (Búteo búteo, Mäusebussard):
1, flying.
Kestrel (Falco tinnúnculus, Turmfalke):
1 female, flying.
Black Coot (Fúlica atra, Bleßralle):
300 (at least), swimming.
Ruff (Philomáchus pugnax, Kampfläufer):
3, on grassland.
Curlew (Numénius arquáta, Großer Brachvogel):
40, on grassland.
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibúndus, Lachmöwe):
80, on a meadow.
Common Tern (Sterna hirúndo, Flußseeschwalbe):
5 (at least), flying.
Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube):
1, calling.
Common Cuckoo (Cúculus canórus, Kuckuck):
1, flying.
Common Swift (Apus apus, Mauersegler):
5 (at least), flying.
Wryneck (Jynx torquílla, Wendehals):
1, on a tree, calling.
Green Woodpecker (Picus víridis, Grünspecht):
1, calling.
House Martin (Délichon úrbica, Mehlschwalbe):
20 (at least), flying.
White Wagtail (Motacílla alba, Bachstelze):
4, along the path.
Stonechat (Saxícola torquáta, Schwarzkehlchen):
1, at the dyke.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
3, flying.
Reed Warbler (Acrocéphalus scirpáceus, Teichrohrsänger):
15 (at least), singing, along the path.
Garden Warbler (Sýlvia borin, Gartengrasmücke):
1, singing.
Blackcap (Sýlvia atricapílla, Mönchsgrasmücke):
2, singing.
Chiffchaff (Phyllóscopus collýbita, Zilpzalp):
5, singing.
Blue Tit (Parus caerúleus, Blaumeise):
1, flying.
Carrion Crow (Corvus coróne coróne, Rabenkrähe):
11, on grassland.
Starling (Sturnus vulgáris, Star):
21
, flying.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
6, on a roof.
Tree Sparrow (Passer montánus, Feldsperling):
5, on a roof.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
1, at the dyke.
Goldfinch (Carduélis carduélis, Stieglitz):
5, feeding on grass seeds.

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Fußach – Rohrspitz, hiking tour, Vorarlberg (Austria)
(18.07.2004)

19.07.2004, 13:40-16:00
Konstanz, Nature Reserve Wolmatinger Ried, KN (Baden-Württemberg, Germany)
25 °C, sunny.
I walked to the Visitor's Centre of the nature reserve Wolmatinger Ried and from there an a path through extensive reedbeds to a watchtower. Continuing in an easterly direction I reached the road, which leads from the Rhine River to the sewage plant. – The following 22 bird species were observed on this tour.
Great Crested Grebe (Pódiceps cristátus, Haubentaucher):
3, swimming.
Black-necked Grebe (Pódiceps nigricóllis, Schwarzhalstaucher):
1, swimming, with a pullus.
Great Cormorant (Phalacrócorax carbo, Kormoran):
67, swimming.
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor, Höckerschwan):
4, swimming.
Whooper Swan (Cygnus cygnus, Singschwan):
1 ad., swimming.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
10 (at least), swimming.
Red-crested Pochard (Netta rúfina, Kolbenente):
50 (at least), swimming.
Common Pochard (Áythya férina, Tafelente):
1 (at least), swimming.
Tufted Duck (Áythya fulígula, Reiherente):
10 (at least), swimming.
Black Kite (Milvus migrans, Schwarzmilan):
3, flying.
Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginósus, Rohrweihe):
1 female, flying over the reedbeds.
Common Morhen (Gallínula chlóropus, Teichralle):
2, swimming.
Black Coot (Fúlica atra, Bleßralle):
10 (at least), swimming.
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibúndus, Lachmöwe):
10, flying.
Common Tern (Sterna hirúndo, Flußseeschwalbe):
30 (at least), on breeding rafts.
White Wagtail (Motacílla alba, Bachstelze):
1, on the path.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
4.
Reed Warbler (Acrocéphalus scirpáceus, Teichrohrsänger):
3, singing.
Chiffchaff (Phyllóscopus collýbita, Zilpzalp):
2, singing.
Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica, Elster):
2, on grassland.
Carrion Crow (Corvus coróne coróne, Rabenkrähe):
11, flying or on grassland.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
1, flying.

 

DSCN 0836, DSCN 0837, and DSCN 0841
Konstanz, Nature Reserve Wolmatinger Ried, KN (Baden-Württemberg, Germany)
(19.07.2004)

 

April 2005

16.04.2005, 13:45
Hardt, Vorarlberg (Austria)
15 °C, overcast.
The following bird species were observed during the walk from the railway station Hardt-Fußach to the bridge over the River Rhine near Fußach.
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor, Höckerschwan):
1 ad., swimming on the River Dornbirner Ache.
Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube):
2.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
1.
Chiffchaff (Phyllóscopus collýbita, Zilpzalp):
1, singing.
Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica, Elster):
2.

16.04.2005, 14:20
Fußach, village, Vorarlberg (Austria)
15 °C, overcast.
The following bird species were observed in the village of Fußach.
Common Buzzard (Búteo búteo, Mäusebussard):
1, circling over grassland.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
2, flying.
Black Redstart (Phoenicúrus ochrúros, Hausrotschwanz):
1, on a roof.
Willow Warbler (Phyllóscopus tróchilus, Fitis):
1, singing.
Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica, Elster):
2, on a meadow.
Starling (Sturnus vulgáris, Star):
3
, on a roof.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
10 (at least).

16.04.2005, 15:30
Fußach, Fußach Bay, most eastern part, Vorarlberg (Austria)
15 °C, overcast.
The following bird species were observed on the most eastern edge of the Fußach Bay (Fußacher Bucht) south of the Nature Reserve Rheindelta.
Little Grebe (Pódiceps ruficóllis, Zwergtaucher):
2, swimming.
Great Crested Grebe (Pódiceps cristátus, Haubentaucher):
12 (at least), one of them in the surroundings of a nest.
Great Cormorant (Phalacrócorax carbo, Kormoran):
80 (at least), on trees of a cormorant colony with more than 100 nests. I saw this colony for the first time. Maybe it was a new one.
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor, Höckerschwan):
2 ad., swimming.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
2, swimming.
Common Pochard (Áythya férina, Tafelente):
100 (at least), swimming.
Tufted Duck (Áythya fulígula, Reiherente):
100 (at least), swimming.
Black Kite (Milvus migrans, Schwarzmilan):
2, flying over the River Rhine.
Black Coot (Fúlica atra, Bleßralle):
10, swimming.
Willow Warbler (Phyllóscopus tróchilus, Fitis):
3, singing.

16.04.2005, 16:05
Fußach, River Rhine, Vorarlberg (Austria)
15 °C, overcast.
The following bird species were observed on the River Rhine and in the dyked area along the river.
Gadwall (Anas strepéra, Schnatterente):
2, swimming.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
2, swimming.
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibúndus, Lachmöwe):
100 (at least), swimming or on sandbanks.
Common Tern (Sterna hirúndo, Flußseeschwalbe):
2, on a sandbank (black tip of the bill, longer legs).
White Wagtail (Motacílla alba, Bachstelze):
4, at the dyke.
Willow Warbler (Phyllóscopus tróchilus, Fitis):
1, singing.
Carrion Crow (Corvus coróne coróne, Rabenkrähe):
2, at the water's edge.

 

DSCN 3282 and DSCN 3284
Fußach, River Rhine, Vorarlberg (Austria)
16.04.2005

16.04.2005, 17:00
Fußach, Lagoon, Vorarlberg (Austria)
15 °C, overcast.
The lagoon is a nature reserve with several artifical island and nesting-platforms. – The following bird species were observed in the lagoon.
Great Crested Grebe (Pódiceps cristátus, Haubentaucher):
10 (at least), swimming.
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor, Höckerschwan):
8 ad., swimming.
Gadwall (Anas strepéra, Schnatterente):
2 (1,1), swimming.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
26, swimming.
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeáta, Löffelente):
20, swimming.
Red-crested Pochard (Netta rúfina, Kolbenente):
55 (at least), swimming and dubbling.
Common Pochard (Áythya férina, Tafelente):
10, swimming.
Tufted Duck (Áythya fulígula, Reiherente):
100 (at least), swimming.
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibúndus, Lachmöwe):
500 (estimated), in the breeding colonies on the artifical islands.
White Wagtail (Motacílla alba, Bachstelze):
1.

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Fußach, the path on the westside of the lagoon, Vorarlberg (Austria)
(16.04.2005)

17.04.2005, 09:00-10:10
Fußach, harbour and Rheindeltahaus, Vorarlberg (Austria)
12 °C, overcast, rainy.
The following 26 bird species were observed in the surroundings of the harbour and the Rheindeltahaus.
Little Grebe (Pódiceps ruficóllis, Zwergtaucher):
1, calling.
Great Crested Grebe (Pódiceps cristátus, Haubentaucher):
7, swimming.
Great Cormorant (Phalacrócorax carbo, Kormoran):
1, swimming, in the harbour.
Common Heron (Árdea cinérea, Graureiher):
1, flying.
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor, Höckerschwan):
2, swimming.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
8, swimming, in the harbour.
Red-crested Pochard (Netta rúfina, Kolbenente):
2 (1,1), swimming.
Black Kite (Milvus migrans, Schwarzmilan):
1, flying.
Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginósus, Rohrweihe):
1 male, gliding over the reedbeds.
Common Buzzard (Búteo búteo, Mäusebussard):
1, soaring.
Black Coot (Fúlica atra, Bleßralle):
2, swimming.
Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrócopos major, Buntspecht):
1, calling.
White Wagtail (Motacílla alba, Bachstelze):
1, flying.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
1, flying.
Blackcap (Sýlvia atricapílla, Mönchsgrasmücke):
2, singing.
Chiffchaff (Phyllóscopus collýbita, Zilpzalp):
1, singing.
Willow Warbler (Phyllóscopus tróchilus, Fitis):
2, singing.
Blue Tit (Parus caerúleus, Blaumeise):
1, in a shrub.
Great Tit (Parus major, Kohlmeise):
1, in a garden.
Eurasian Nuthatch (Sitta europáea, Kleiber):
1, calling.
Jay (Gárrulus glandárius, Eichelhäher):
1, flying.
Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica, Elster):
1, calling.
Carrion Crow (Corvus coróne coróne, Rabenkrähe):
2, flying.
Starling (Sturnus vulgáris, Star):
6
, on grassland.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
2, singing.
Greenfinch (Chloris chloris, Grünfink):
4, on a crane.

 

DSCN 3321 and DSCN 3330
Fußach, harbour, Vorarlberg (Austria)
(17.04.2005)

17.04.2005, 10:10-13:30
Fußach, mouth of the River Rhine, Vorarlberg (Austria)
14 °C, fair.
The following bird species were observed on the River Rhine or in the dyked area.
Great Crested Grebe (Pódiceps cristátus, Haubentaucher):
4, swimming.
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor, Höckerschwan):
2, swimming.
Goosander (Mergus mergánser, Gänsesäger):
19, swimming on the river.
Black Kite (Milvus migrans, Schwarzmilan):
1, flying.
Black Coot (Fúlica atra, Bleßralle):
100 (at least), swimming.
Spotted Redshank (Tringa erýthropus, Dunkler Wasserläufer):
1, on a sandbank.
Common Greenshank (Tringa nebulária, Grünschenkel):
20, in shallow water of the river (photos).
Mediterranian Gull (Larus melanocéphalus, Schwarzkopfmöwe):
2, on a sandbank.
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibúndus, Lachmöwe):
100 (at least), on sandbanks.
White Wagtail (Motacílla alba, Bachstelze):
1, at the water's edge.

 

DSCN 3388, DSCN 3433
From the harbour of Fußach to the mouth of the River Rhine
(17.04.2005)

17.04.2005, 10:10-15:00
Fußach, Lagoon, Vorarlberg (Austria)
14 °C, fair.
The following bird species were observed on the lagoon and in its surroundings.
Common Heron (Árdea cinérea, Graureiher):
1, at the water's edge.
Common Pochard (Áythya férina, Tafelente):
10, swimming.
Tufted Duck (Áythya fulígula, Reiherente):
41, swimming.
Black Coot (Fúlica atra, Bleßralle):
10, swimming.
Mediterranian Gull (Larus melanocéphalus, Schwarzkopfmöwe):
2, among Black-headed Gulls on one of the islands.
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibúndus, Lachmöwe):
50 (at least), breeding on the islands in the lagoon.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
1, flying.
Chiffchaff (Phyllóscopus collýbita, Zilpzalp):
1, singing.
Willow Warbler (Phyllóscopus tróchilus, Fitis):
1, singing.
Jay (Gárrulus glandárius, Eichelhäher):
1, flying.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
1, singing.

 

DSCN 3391, DSCN 3430
Fußach, Lagoon, Vorarlberg (Austria)
(17.04.2005)

 

May 2006

06.05.2006, 11:30-11:45
Fußach, village, Vorarlberg (Austria)
23 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed in the village.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
1, flying.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
1, singing.
Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica, Elster):
1, flying.
Greenfinch (Chloris chloris, Grünfink):
3, on a lawn.

06.05.2006, 11:45
Fußach, forest south of the lagoon, Vorarlberg (Austria)
23 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed in the forest between the Rheindeltahaus and the lagoon.
Black Kite (Milvus migrans, Schwarzmilan):
1, flying.
Common Cuckoo (Cúculus canórus, Kuckuck):
1, calling.
White Wagtail (Motacílla alba, Bachstelze):
2.
Reed Warbler (Acrocéphalus scirpáceus, Teichrohrsänger):
5, singing.
Great Reed Warbler (Acrocéphalus arundináceus, Drosselrohrsänger):
1, singing.
Garden Warbler (Sýlvia borin, Gartengrasmücke):
2, singing.
Chiffchaff (Phyllóscopus collýbita, Zilpzalp):
1, singing.
Willow Warbler (Phyllóscopus tróchilus, Fitis):
3, singing.
Carrion Crow (Corvus coróne coróne, Rabenkrähe):
3.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
4, singing.

06.05.2006, 12:00
Fußach, Fußach Bay, Vorarlberg (Austria)
23 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed on the Fußach Bay.
Great Crested Grebe (Pódiceps cristátus, Haubentaucher):
100 (at least), swimming on the Fußach Bay.
Great Cormorant (Phalacrócorax carbo, Kormoran):
200 (at least), on the trees of the breeding colony.
Common Heron (Árdea cinérea, Graureiher):
1, at the water's edge.
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor, Höckerschwan):
25 (at least), swimming on the Fußach Bay.
Red-crested Pochard (Netta rúfina, Kolbenente):
10 (at least), swimming on the Fußach Bay.
Black Coot (Fúlica atra, Bleßralle):
10 (at least), swimming on the Fußach Bay.
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibúndus, Lachmöwe):
50 (at least), swimming on the Fußach Bay.
Common Tern (Sterna hirúndo, Flußseeschwalbe):
4, flying.

IMG 7062
Fußach, Fußach Bay, Vorarlberg (Austria)
(07.05.2006)

06.05.2006, 13:00-16:00
Fußach, Lagoon, Vorarlberg (Austria)
23 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed on the lagoon.
Common Heron (Árdea cinérea, Graureiher):
1, flying.
Gadwall (Anas strepéra, Schnatterente):
3 (2,1), swimming.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
5 (at least), swimming.
Red-crested Pochard (Netta rúfina, Kolbenente):
100 (at least), swimming.
Tufted Duck (Áythya fulígula, Reiherente):
2 (at least), swimming.
Mediterranian Gull (Larus melanocéphalus, Schwarzkopfmöwe):
2, among breeding Black-headed Gulls on an island.
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibúndus, Lachmöwe):
200 (at least), on the islands in the lagoon.
Common Tern (Sterna hirúndo, Flußseeschwalbe):
100 (at least), breeding on rafts in the lagoon.
White Wagtail (Motacílla alba, Bachstelze):
1.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
1.
Great Reed Warbler (Acrocéphalus arundináceus, Drosselrohrsänger):
2, singing.
Willow Warbler (Phyllóscopus tróchilus, Fitis):
1, singing.
Great Tit (Parus major, Kohlmeise):
1, in a shrub.

IMG 7092
Fußach, Lagoon, Vorarlberg (Austria)
(07.05.2006)

06.05.2006, 13:30
Fußach, River Rhine, Vorarlberg (Austria)
23 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed on the River Rhine or on banks in the river.
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor, Höckerschwan):
2, swimming on the river.
Black Coot (Fúlica atra, Bleßralle):
6, swimming on the river.
Common Sandpiper (Actítis hypoléucos, Flußuferläufer):
2, at the eastbank of the river.
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibúndus, Lachmöwe):
50 (at least), swimming or roosting on sandbanks in the river.
Common Gull (Larus canus, Sturmmöwe):
2, on a bank in the river (bill and feet greenish-yellow).
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
6, at the eastbank of the river.
Common Tern (Sterna hirúndo, Flußseeschwalbe):
62, on a bank in the river.
White Wagtail (Motacílla alba, Bachstelze):
6, on the dyke.
Northern Wheatear (Oenánthe oenánthe, Steinschmätzer):
1, at the dyke.

07.05.2006, 08:00-08:25
Fußach, village, Vorarlberg (Austria)
16 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed in the village.
Common Heron (Árdea cinérea, Graureiher):
1, flying.
Common Cuckoo (Cúculus canórus, Kuckuck):
1, calling.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
1, flying, near the harbour.
House Martin (Délichon úrbica, Mehlschwalbe):
3, flying, near the harbour.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
1, singing.
Chiffchaff (Phyllóscopus collýbita, Zilpzalp):
1, singing.
Starling (Sturnus vulgáris, Star):
2
, flying.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
5 (at least).
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
1, singing.

 

IMG 6954 and IMG 6956
Fußach, village, Vorarlberg (Austria)
(07.05.2006)

07.05.2006, 08:25-09:25
Fußach, forest south of the lagoon, Vorarlberg (Austria)
16 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed in the forest between the Rheindeltahaus and the lagoon.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
1, flying.
Wood Pigeon (Colúmba palúmbus, Ringeltaube):
2, flying.
Common Cuckoo (Cúculus canórus, Kuckuck):
1, calling.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
1, singing.
Garden Warbler (Sýlvia borin, Gartengrasmücke):
2, singing.
Blackcap (Sýlvia atricapílla, Mönchsgrasmücke):
1, singing.
Chiffchaff (Phyllóscopus collýbita, Zilpzalp):
2, singing.
Willow Warbler (Phyllóscopus tróchilus, Fitis):
2, singing.
Crested Tit (Parus cristátus, Haubenmeise):
1, in a willow tree.
Great Tit (Parus major, Kohlmeise):
3, singing.
Golden Oriol (Oríolus oríolus, Pirol):
1, calling.
Carrion Crow (Corvus coróne coróne, Rabenkrähe):
2, flying.
Common Raven (Corvus corax, Kolkrabe):
1, on a tree.
Greenfinch (Chloris chloris, Grünfink):
2, feeding on dandelion seed.

07.05.2006, 09:00-13:00
Fußach, Fußach Bay, Vorarlberg (Austria)
17 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed on the Fußach Bay.
Great Crested Grebe (Pódiceps cristátus, Haubentaucher):
100 (at least), swimming.
Great Cormorant (Phalacrócorax carbo, Kormoran):
200 (at least), in the breeding colony.
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor, Höckerschwan):
25 (at least), swimming.
Black Kite (Milvus migrans, Schwarzmilan):
3, near the breeding colony of the Great Cormorants.
Black Coot (Fúlica atra, Bleßralle):
10 (at least), swimming.
Common Tern (Sterna hirúndo, Flußseeschwalbe):
10 (at least), flying.
Black Tern (Chlidónias nigra, Trauerseeschwalbe):
4, flying.

   

IMG 6964 and  IMG 7089,
Fußach, Fußach Bay, Vorarlberg (Austria)
(07.05.2006)

07.05.2006, 09:25-13:30
Fußach, Lagoon, Vorarlberg (Austria)
17 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed on the lagoon or in the surroundings.
Great Crested Grebe (Pódiceps cristátus, Haubentaucher):
2, swimming.
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor, Höckerschwan):
2, swimming.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
3, swimming.
Red-crested Pochard (Netta rúfina, Kolbenente):
100 (at least), swimming.
Mediterranian Gull (Larus melanocéphalus, Schwarzkopfmöwe):
2, among Black-headed Gulls on an island in the lagoon.
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibúndus, Lachmöwe):
200, at least, breeding on the islands in the lagoon.
Common Tern (Sterna hirúndo, Flußseeschwalbe):
100 (at least), at the breeding rafts.
Common Cuckoo (Cúculus canórus, Kuckuck):
1, calling.
White Wagtail (Motacílla alba, Bachstelze):
3, on the track.
Robin (Eríthacus rubécula, Rotkehlchen):
1, singing.
Reed Warbler (Acrocéphalus scirpáceus, Teichrohrsänger):
2, singing.
Great Reed Warbler (Acrocéphalus arundináceus, Drosselrohrsänger):
4, singing.
Garden Warbler (Sýlvia borin, Gartengrasmücke):
1, singing.
Blackcap (Sýlvia atricapílla, Mönchsgrasmücke):
2, singing.
Chiffchaff (Phyllóscopus collýbita, Zilpzalp):
1, singing.
Willow Warbler (Phyllóscopus tróchilus, Fitis):
2, singing.
Carrion Crow (Corvus coróne coróne, Rabenkrähe):
1, flying.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
2, singing.

 

IMG 7173, IMG 7266, and IMG 7267
Fußach, Lagoon, Vorarlberg (Austria)
(07.05.2006)

07.05.2006, 13:00
Fußach, River Rhine, Vorarlberg (Austria)
19 °C, sunny.
Black Kite (Milvus migrans, Schwarzmilan):
1, flying southwards.

07.05.2006, 14:00-15:15
Fußach, polder and polder dyke, Vorarlberg (Austria)
19 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed from the polder dyke and during a walk through the maedows back to the village of Fußach.
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor, Höckerschwan):
2, on a meadow.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
3, flying.
Black Kite (Milvus migrans, Schwarzmilan):
3, circling over grassland.
Red Kite (Milvus milvus, Rotmilan):
2, flying eastwards.
Kestrel (Falco tinnúnculus, Turmfalke):
5, flying, over grassland.
Black Coot (Fúlica atra, Bleßralle):
3, on a pond.
Black-tailed Godwit (Limósa limósa, Uferschnepfe):
1, on a meadow.
Curlew (Numénius arquáta, Großer Brachvogel):
40, flying northwards.
Common Cuckoo (Cúculus canórus, Kuckuck):
1, calling.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
2, singing.
Great Reed Warbler (Acrocéphalus arundináceus, Drosselrohrsänger):
1, singing.
Chiffchaff (Phyllóscopus collýbita, Zilpzalp):
2, singing.
Great Tit (Parus major, Kohlmeise):
1, singing.
Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica, Elster):
1, flying.
Carrion Crow (Corvus coróne coróne, Rabenkrähe):
3, on grassland.
Hooded Crow (Corvus coróne cornix, Nebelkrähe):
1, on grassland
Starling (Sturnus vulgáris, Star):
3
, flying.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
2, singing.

 

IMG 7273 and IMG 7275
Fußach, polder and polder dyke, Vorarlberg (Austria)
(07.05.2006)

08.05.2006, 07:00-08:30
Konstanz, Inselhotel and surroundings, KN (Baden-Württemberg, Germany)
14 °C, fair.
The following bird species were observed in the surroundings of the Inselhotel.
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor, Höckerschwan):
1, swimming.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
4, flying.
Street Pigeon (Colúmba lívia f. doméstica, Haustaube):
1, flying.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
1, singing.
Blackcap (Sýlvia atricapílla, Mönchsgrasmücke):
1, flying.
Great Tit (Parus major, Kohlmeise):
1, calling.
Eurasian Nuthatch (Sitta europáea, Kleiber):
1, calling.
Starling (Sturnus vulgáris, Star):
1
, flying.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
2.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
1, singing.

08.05.2006, 13:45-14:10
Markelfingen, KN (Baden-Württemberg, Germany)
20 °C, fair.
The following bird species were observed during the walk from the railway station of Markelfingen to Lake Mindelsee.
Black Redstart (Phoenicúrus ochrúros, Hausrotschwanz):
1, on a roof.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
1, singing.
Garden Warbler (Sýlvia borin, Gartengrasmücke):
1, singing.
Blackcap (Sýlvia atricapílla, Mönchsgrasmücke):
2, singing.
Great Tit (Parus major, Kohlmeise):
1, singing.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
5.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
1, singing.

08.05.2006, 14:10-16:10
Markelfingen, Mindelsee, KN (Baden-Württemberg, Germany)
20 °C, overcast.
The following 34 bird species were observed during a hiking tour around the lake.
Great Crested Grebe (Pódiceps cristátus, Haubentaucher):
2, swimming.
White Stork (Cicónia cicónia, Weißstorch):
2, on a meadow.
Greylag Goose (Anser anser, Graugans):
2, flying.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
4, swimming.
Red-crested Pochard (Netta rúfina, Kolbenente):
3 (2,1), swimming.
Tufted Duck (Áythya fulígula, Reiherente):
10 (9,1), swimming.
Black Kite (Milvus migrans, Schwarzmilan):
1, flying.
Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginósus, Rohrweihe):
3, in display flight over a meadow.
Common Buzzard (Búteo búteo, Mäusebussard):
4, circling.
Pheasant (Phasiánus cólchicus, Fasan):
1, calling.
Black Coot (Fúlica atra, Bleßralle):
4, swimming.
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibúndus, Lachmöwe):
4, flying.
Common Cuckoo (Cúculus canórus, Kuckuck):
3, calling.
Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrócopos major, Buntspecht):
2, calling.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
4, flying.
White Wagtail (Motacílla alba, Bachstelze):
1.
Robin (Eríthacus rubécula, Rotkehlchen):
1, singing.
Nightingale (Luscínia megarhýnchos, Nachtigall):
1, singing.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
6, singing.
Song Thrush (Turdus philomélos, Singdrossel):
2, singing.
Reed Warbler (Acrocéphalus scirpáceus, Teichrohrsänger):
2, singing.
Garden Warbler (Sýlvia borin, Gartengrasmücke):
1, singing.
Blackcap (Sýlvia atricapílla, Mönchsgrasmücke):
6, singing.
Chiffchaff (Phyllóscopus collýbita, Zilpzalp):
3, singing.
Willow Warbler (Phyllóscopus tróchilus, Fitis):
2, singing.
Spotted Flycatcher (Muscícapa striáta, Grauschnäpper):
1, on a tree at the lake shore.
Blue Tit (Parus caerúleus, Blaumeise):
1.
Great Tit (Parus major, Kohlmeise):
2, singing.
Eurasian Nuthatch (Sitta europáea, Kleiber):
1, calling.
Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica, Elster):
3, flying.
Carrion Crow (Corvus coróne coróne, Rabenkrähe):
1, flying.
Starling (Sturnus vulgáris, Star):
23
, on a meadow.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
5, near farmhouses.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
5, singing.

 

 

DSCN 7282, DSCN 7301, and DSCN 7303
Markelfingen, Mindelsee, KN (Baden-Württemberg, Germany)
(08.05.2006)

November 2007

17.11.2007, 13:15-16:00
Mettnau, KN (Baden-Württemberg, Germany)
5 °C, sunny.
The following 24 birdspecies were observed from the watch tower of the Mettnau peninsula and during a hiking tour from the swimming pool (Stadtbad) to the most eastern point of the peninsula.
Great Crested Grebe (Pódiceps cristátus, Haubentaucher):
27, swimming, on the lake.
Great Cormorant (Phalacrócorax carbo, Kormoran):
2, flying.
Wigeon (Anas penélope, Pfeifente):
10 (at least), swimming on the water of the bay Markelfinger Winkel.
Gadwall (Anas strepéra, Schnatterente):
100 (at least), swimming on the water of the bay Markelfinger Winkel.
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeáta, Löffelente):
10 (at least), swimming on the water of the bay Markelfinger Winkel.
Goosander (Mergus mergánser, Gänsesäger):
10 (at least), swimming on the water of the bay Markelfinger Winkel.
Common Buzzard (Búteo búteo, Mäusebussard):
1, circling over the reedbeds.
Common Morhen (Gallínula chlóropus, Teichralle):
1, on the ice of the so called Ententeich.
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibúndus, Lachmöwe):
1, at the water's edge.
Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrócopos major, Buntspecht):
1, calling.
Water Pipit (Anthus spinolétta, Bergpieper):
2, at the water's edge.
White Wagtail (Motacílla alba, Bachstelze):
8, at the water's edge.
Common Wren (Troglodýtes troglodýtes, Zaunkönig):
1, in a shrub.
Robin (Eríthacus rubécula, Rotkehlchen):
1, in a shrub.
Black Redstart (Phoenicúrus ochrúros, Hausrotschwanz):
1 female, at the water's edge.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
2.
Bearded Tit (Panúrus biármicus, Bartmeise):
2, flying over a reedbed.
Blue Tit (Parus caerúleus, Blaumeise):
1, in a shrub.
Eurasian Nuthatch (Sitta europáea, Kleiber):
2, on a tree.
Jay (Gárrulus glandárius, Eichelhäher):
2, on a tree.
Jackdaw (Corvus monédula, Dohle):
5, flying.
Carrion Crow (Corvus coróne coróne, Rabenkrähe):
2, on a tree.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
1, on a tree, among Greenfinches.
Greenfinch (Chloris chloris, Grünfink):
10 (at least), on a tree.

 

 

IMG 7472, IMG 7476, IMG 7477, and IMG 7478
Mettnau, KN (Baden-Württemberg, Germany)
(17.11.2007)

18.11.2007, 11:00-12:45
Fußach, Fußach Bay, Vorarlberg (Austria)
–3 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed on a hiking tour from the car park on the track along the eastern edge of the bay up to the north-western corner of the lagoon.
Great Crested Grebe (Pódiceps cristátus, Haubentaucher):
1, swimming.
Great Cormorant (Phalacrócorax carbo, Kormoran):
1, flying.
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor, Höckerschwan):
100 (at least), swimming.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
1000 (at least), swimming.
Red-crested Pochard (Netta rúfina, Kolbenente):
100 (at least), swimming.
Common Pochard (Áythya férina, Tafelente):
1000 (at least), swimming.
Tufted Duck (Áythya fulígula, Reiherente):
1000 (at least), swimming.
Common Goldeneye (Bucéphala clángula, Schellente):
2 (1,1), swimming.
Smew (Mergus albéllus, Zwergsäger):
1 female, swimming.
Common Buzzard (Búteo búteo, Mäusebussard):
1, flying.
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibúndus, Lachmöwe):
4, roosting on the ice of the bay.
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
1, roosting on the ice of the bay.
Robin (Eríthacus rubécula, Rotkehlchen):
1, in a shrub.
Carrion Crow (Corvus coróne coróne, Rabenkrähe):
2, flying.

 

 

IMG 7482, IMG 7486, IMG 7505, IMG 7508, and IMG 7601
Fußach, Fußach Bay, Vorarlberg (Austria)
(18.11.2007)

18.11.2007, 11:45-12:45
Fußach, Lagoon, Vorarlberg (Austria)
–3 to + 5 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed on the lagoon.
Great White Egret (Casmerodius albus, Silberreiher):
1, at the water's edge.
Common Heron (Árdea cinérea, Graureiher):
3, at the water's edge.
Goosander (Mergus mergánser, Gänsesäger):
20, swimming.

 

IMG 7511, IMG 7597, and IMG 7517
Fußach, Lagoon, Vorarlberg (Austria)
(18.11.2007)

18.11.2007, 12:45-15:50
Fußach, River Rhine, Vorarlberg (Austria)
–3 to + 5 °C, sunny, at the end again – 1 °C..
The following bird species were observed during a hiking tour on the western Rhine dam up to the mouth of the river and back to the car park.
Great Crested Grebe (Pódiceps cristátus, Haubentaucher):
1, swimming.
Great Cormorant (Phalacrócorax carbo, Kormoran):
3, flying.
Common Teal (Anas crecca, Krickente):
1 male, swimming.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
100 (at least), on the lake.
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeáta, Löffelente):
3 (2,1), swimming.
Common Goldeneye (Bucéphala clángula, Schellente):
3, on the lake.
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibúndus, Lachmöwe):
4, swimming.
Carrion Crow (Corvus coróne coróne, Rabenkrähe):
2, on a sandbank.

 

IMG 7603, IMG 7606, and IMG 7616
Fußach, River Rhine, Vorarlberg (Austria)
(18.11.2007)

19.11.2007, 13:30-14:00
Reichenau, Burgruine Schopflen, KN (Baden-Württemberg, Germany)
1 °C, overcast, foggy.
The following bird species were observed on the water expanses of Lake Constance from the remainders of the Castle Schopflen (Burgruine Schopflen) at the end of the causeway to the Island of Reichenau.
Great White Egret (Casmerodius albus, Silberreiher):
2, flying.
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor, Höckerschwan):
20 (at least), swimming.
Gadwall (Anas strepéra, Schnatterente):
50 (at least), swimming.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
100 (at least), swimming.
Northern Pintail (Anas acúta, Spießente):
10 (at least), swimming.
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeáta, Löffelente):
5 (at least), swimming.
Black Coot (Fúlica atra, Bleßralle):
1000 (at least), swimming.

 

October 2008

25.10.2008, 12:00-15:00
Fußach, Fußach Bay, Vorarlberg (Austria)
8 °C, overcast.
The following bird species were observed on the water expanses of the Fußach Bay. There were so many birds that I did not try to count them.
Little Grebe (Pódiceps ruficóllis, Zwergtaucher):
2, swimming.
Great Cormorant (Phalacrócorax carbo, Kormoran):
50, roosting on a sandbank.
Great White Egret (Casmerodius albus, Silberreiher):
1, at the edge of a reedbed.
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor, Höckerschwan):
100 (at least), swimming.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
not counted.
Red-crested Pochard (Netta rúfina, Kolbenente):
not counted.
Common Pochard (Áythya férina, Tafelente):
not counted.
Tufted Duck (Áythya fulígula, Reiherente):
not counted.
Goosander (Mergus mergánser, Gänsesäger):
10, swimming.
Black Coot (Fúlica atra, Bleßralle):
not counted.
Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrócopos major, Buntspecht):
1, calling.
White Wagtail (Motacílla alba, Bachstelze):
3, at the water's edge.
Carrion Crow (Corvus coróne coróne, Rabenkrähe):
10 (at least), flying.

IMG 4171
Fußach, Fußach Bay, Vorarlberg (Austria)
(25.10.2008)

25.10.2008, 12:30-13:30
Fußach, River Rhine, Vorarlberg (Austria)
8 °C, overcast.
The following bird species were observed on the River Rhine or in the surroundings.
Great Cormorant (Phalacrócorax carbo, Kormoran):
42, flying.
Goosander (Mergus mergánser, Gänsesäger):
4 males, swimming.
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
1, on a stone in the river bed. – Legs yellow.
White Wagtail (Motacílla alba, Bachstelze):
3, at the water's edge.

25.10.2008, 12:45-14:30
Fußach, Lagoon, Vorarlberg (Austria)
8 °C, overcast.
The following bird species were observed on the water expanse of the lagoon.
Great Crested Grebe (Pódiceps cristátus, Haubentaucher):
4 (at least), swimming.
Great Cormorant (Phalacrócorax carbo, Kormoran):
2, flying.
Great White Egret (Casmerodius albus, Silberreiher):
1, in shallow water.
Common Heron (Árdea cinérea, Graureiher):
2, at the water's edge.
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor, Höckerschwan):
10 ad. (at least), swimming.
Wigeon (Anas penélope, Pfeifente):
4 (at least), swimming.
Gadwall (Anas strepéra, Schnatterente):
6, swimming.
Common Teal (Anas crecca, Krickente):
1 female, swimming.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
not countable.
Northern Pintail (Anas acúta, Spießente):
1 male, swimming.
Red-crested Pochard (Netta rúfina, Kolbenente):
not countable.
Common Pochard (Áythya férina, Tafelente):
not countable.
Tufted Duck (Áythya fulígula, Reiherente):
not countable.
Common Kingfisher (Alcédo atthis, Eisvogel):
1, flying over the water expanse.

 

IMG 4166 and IMG 4167
Fußach, Lagoon, Vorarlberg (Austria)
(25.10.2008)

26.10.2008, 09:30
Eriskirch, hike to the Schlussen mouth, FN (Baden-Württemberg, Germany)
9 °C, overcast.
From the Visitor Centre of the nature reserve Eriskircher Ried in the building of the former railway station I walked along signposted pathes to the mouth of the River Schlussen. The following bird species were observed during this walk.
Common Heron (Árdea cinérea, Graureiher):
1, flying.
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor, Höckerschwan):
2, swimming on the river.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
2, swimming on the river.
Green Woodpecker (Picus víridis, Grünspecht):
2, one of them in an apple plantation, 1 calling.
Robin (Eríthacus rubécula, Rotkehlchen):
1, in an apple plantation.
Black Redstart (Phoenicúrus ochrúros, Hausrotschwanz):
1, on the road.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
10.
Fieldfare (Turdus piláris, Wacholderdrossel):
10, flying.
Song Thrush (Turdus philomélos, Singdrossel):
1, in an apple plantation.
Great Tit (Parus major, Kohlmeise):
2, in a garden.
Eurasian Nuthatch (Sitta europáea, Kleiber):
1, calling.
Jay (Gárrulus glandárius, Eichelhäher):
1, flying.
Common Raven (Corvus corax, Kolkrabe):
1, flying.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
5, near the old railway station.
Roe (Capréolus capréolus, Reh):
2, in an apple plantation.

 

IMG 4172 and IMG 4175
River Schlussen near Eriskirch, FN (Baden-Württemberg, Germany)
(26.10.2008)

26.10.2008, 10:30-12:15
Eriskirch, mouth of the River Schlussen, FN (Baden-Württemberg, Germany)
9 °C, overcast.
The following bird species were observed on the lake in the surroundings of the mouth of the River Schlussen.
Little Grebe (Pódiceps ruficóllis, Zwergtaucher):
1, swimming.
Great Crested Grebe (Pódiceps cristátus, Haubentaucher):
2, swimming.
Great Cormorant (Phalacrócorax carbo, Kormoran):
28, roosting on dead trees in the water.
Common Heron (Árdea cinérea, Graureiher):
1, in shallow water.
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor, Höckerschwan):
4 ad., swimming.
Gadwall (Anas strepéra, Schnatterente):
7, swimming.
Common Teal (Anas crecca, Krickente):
46, swimming.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
100 (at least), swimming.
Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrínus, Wanderfalke):
1, roosting on a dead tree in the water.
Curlew (Numénius arquáta, Großer Brachvogel):
2, in shallow water.
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibúndus, Lachmöwe):
1, on the beach.
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
15, roosting on a sandbank. – Legs yellow.
Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrócopos major, Buntspecht):
1, calling.
White Wagtail (Motacílla alba, Bachstelze):
6, on the mudflats.
Eurasian Nuthatch (Sitta europáea, Kleiber):
1, calling.
Carrion Crow (Corvus coróne coróne, Rabenkrähe):
23, on the mudflats.

 

IMG 4176, IMG 4180, and IMG 4183
Eriskirch, mouth of the River Schlussen, FN (Baden-Württemberg, Germany)
(26.10.2008)

26.10.2008, 12:15
Eriskirch, swimming pool (Strandbad), FN (Baden-Württemberg, Germany)
9 °C, overcast.
The following bird species were observed in the surroundings of the swimming pool (Strandbad) of Eriskirch.
Great Crested Grebe (Pódiceps cristátus, Haubentaucher):
300 (at least), on the lake near Friedrichshafen.
Common Heron (Árdea cinérea, Graureiher):
2, in shallow water.
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor, Höckerschwan):
3 ad., swimming.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
34, swimming.
Common Goldeneye (Bucéphala clángula, Schellente):
2 females, diving.
Green Woodpecker (Picus víridis, Grünspecht):
1, calling.
Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrócopos major, Buntspecht):
1, calling, also seen.
Fieldfare (Turdus piláris, Wacholderdrossel):
7, flying.
Jay (Gárrulus glandárius, Eichelhäher):
1, calling.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
1, flying.

 

IMG 4191 and IMG 4193
Eriskirch, surroundings of the swimming pool (Strandbad), FN (Baden-Württemberg, Germany)
(26.10.2008)

26.10.2008, 13:00
Eriskirch, old swimming pool, FN (Baden-Württemberg, Germany)
12 °C, overcast, later sunny.
The following bird species were observed during the hiking tour from the new swimming pool to the old one and in the surroundings of the platform at the old swimming pool.
Common Teal (Anas crecca, Krickente):
1 female, roosting.
Sparrowhawk (Accípiter nisus, Sperber):
1
, attacked by a Carrion Crow.
Curlew (Numénius arquáta, Großer Brachvogel):
4, on mudflats.
Green Woodpecker (Picus víridis, Grünspecht):
1, calling.
Common Wren (Troglodýtes troglodýtes, Zaunkönig):
1, calling.
Eurasian Nuthatch (Sitta europáea, Kleiber):
1, calling.
Jay (Gárrulus glandárius, Eichelhäher):
3, flying.
Carrion Crow (Corvus coróne coróne, Rabenkrähe):
15, flying.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
11, roosting on a birch.
Squirrel (Sciúrus vulgáris, Eichhörnchen):
1, on a tree.

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Eriskirch, surroundings of the old swimming pool, FN (Baden-Württemberg, Germany)
(26.10.2008)

26.10.2008, 14:30
Eriskirch, vantage point Seedole, FN (Baden-Württemberg, Germany)
13 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed from the platform at the vantage point Seedole.
Common Teal (Anas crecca, Krickente):
7, swimming.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
100 (at least), swimming.
Curlew (Numénius arquáta, Großer Brachvogel):
74, in shallow water.
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibúndus, Lachmöwe):
2, swimming.

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Eriskirch, vantage point Seedole, FN (Baden-Württemberg, Germany)
(26.10.2008)

26.10.2008, 14:45-15:35
Eriskirch, mouth of the River Rottach, FN (Baden-Württemberg, Germany)
13 °C, fair.
The following bird species were observed in the suroundings of the mouth of the River Rottach.
Common Heron (Árdea cinérea, Graureiher):
2, in shallow water.
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor, Höckerschwan):
2 ad., swimming or on the beach.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
30 (at least), swimming or on the beach.
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibúndus, Lachmöwe):
30 (at least), swimming or on the beach.
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
3 ad., roosting.

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Eriskirch, mouth of the River Rottach, FN (Baden-Württemberg, Germany)
(26.10.2008)

27.10.2008, 13:00-13:30
Hegne, northern shore of Lake Gnadensee, KN (Baden-Württemberg, Germany)
12 °C, overcast.
From the campsite of Hegne the following bird species were observed on the water expanses or the shore of Lake Gnadensee, a part of Lake Constance (Bodensee).
Little Grebe (Pódiceps ruficóllis, Zwergtaucher):
1, swimming.
Great Crested Grebe (Pódiceps cristátus, Haubentaucher):
1, swimming.
Great Cormorant (Phalacrócorax carbo, Kormoran):
1, swimming.
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor, Höckerschwan):
20, swimming.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
not counted.
Red-crested Pochard (Netta rúfina, Kolbenente):
not counted.
Common Pochard (Áythya férina, Tafelente):
not counted.
Tufted Duck (Áythya fulígula, Reiherente):
not counted.
Black Coot (Fúlica atra, Bleßralle):
1000 (at least), swimming.
Curlew (Numénius arquáta, Großer Brachvogel):
2, in shallow water.
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibúndus, Lachmöwe):
50 (at least), swimming.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
1, flying.
Eurasian Nuthatch (Sitta europáea, Kleiber):
1, calling.
Carrion Crow (Corvus coróne coróne, Rabenkrähe):
1, flying.

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Hegne, northern shore of Lake Gnadensee, KN (Baden-Württemberg, Germany)
(27.10.2008)

 

 
 

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