Birdwatching in Rügen (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany)

December 28, 2011 – January 01, 2012

 

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Hans Schick
Contact or comments: schick@asca-berlin.de

Trip Reports

 

   

Species List
 

 
 
Introduction

From December 28, 2011 – January 02, 2012 I spent 4 days in Rügen, the largest island of Germany. This trip was not devoted to bird watching, but for a short end of year holiday with my  wife. All birds observed during hiking tours along the beach between Binz and Prora, as well as on hiking tours in the Nature Reserve Granitz and around the lake Schmachter See were registered for this report.

Itinerary
December 28, 2011: Drive by train from Berlin to Binz via Rostock and Stralsund. In the late afternoon walk from the Strandhotel Binz along the beach to the southern edge of the sea resort.
December 29, 2011:
Hiking tour from Strandhotel Binz through the Nature Reserve Granitz to Jagdschloß Granitz (Hunting Lodge Granitz).
December 30, 2011: Hiking tour from Strandhotel Binz along the beach to Prora. Back in Binz short visit of the lake Schmachter See.
December 31, 2011: Drive by rail from Binz to Sellin and hiking tour from Sellin back to Binz through the Nature Reserve Granitz.
January 01, 2012: Hiking tour from Binz to the small village Schmacht along the western side of the lake Schachter See.

January 02, 2012: In the morning drive by rail back to Berlin via Stralsund, Greifswald, Anklam et al..

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 taken by a Panasonic Lumix G3 in combination with the telephoto lens Lumix G Vario 1:4.0-5.6/100-300 mm.

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 corresponds 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.

Links to Birding in Rügen (Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Germany)
http://www.fatbirder.com/links_geo/europe/germany_mecklenburg-western_pomerania.htm



Excursions

28.12.2011, 15:50-16:30
Binz, sea promenade, Rügen (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern)
6 °C, overcast, wind Beaufort force 3.
The following bird species were observed during a walk along the beach of Binz.
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibúndus, Lachmöwe):
100 (at least), swimming
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
1, on a trree.
Greenfinch (Chloris chloris, Grünfink):
2, on a tree.

Pict0022 (C. Wedler©)
Binz, sea promenade, Rügen (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern)
(30.12.2012)

29.12.2011,
BinzJagdschloß Granitz, Rügen (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern)
8 °C, overcast, sometimes raining.
The following bird species were observed during an excursion from the Strandhotel Binz via the car parking Külmberg, Teufelsschlucht, Kreuzeiche, Schwarzer See, Jagdschloß Granitz and back.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
3, swimming on the sea.
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibúndus, Lachmöwe):
37, swimming or standing in shallow water near the beach.
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus, Heringsmöwe):
1 ad., searching for food on the beach. – Yellow legs were recognizable.
Herring Gull (Larus argentátus, Silbermöwe):
45, swimming or standing in shallow water near the beach.
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marínus, Mantelmöwe):
1, swimming in shallow water near the beach. The bird was significantly larger than Herring Gulls.
Wood Pigeon (Colúmba palúmbus, Ringeltaube):
45, roosting on beeches.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
1, feeding on a wild apple tree.
Blue Tit (Parus caerúleus, Blaumeise):
2, on small trees along the path.
Great Tit (Parus major, Kohlmeise):
11 (1 + 5 + 5), on small trees along the path.
Eurasian Nuthatch (Sitta europáea, Kleiber):
4, calling along the path.
Hooded Crow (Corvus coróne cornix, Nebelkrähe):
2, on trees in the spa park (Kurpark).
Common Raven (Corvus corax, Kolkrabe):
6 (3 pairs), calling in flight.
Brambling (Fringílla montifringílla, Bergfink):
100 (at least), landing as large flock on beeches.

 

P100-0899 and P100-0906
Nature Reserve Granitz, Rügen (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern)
(29.12.2012)

P100-0901
Schwarzer See (Black Lake) in the Nature Reserve Granitz, Rügen (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern)
(29.12.2012)

30.12.2011, 09:00
Binz, sea promenade, Rügen (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern)
6 °C, overcast.
The following bird species were observed on the beach in front of the Strandhotel Binz.
Herring Gull (Larus argentátus, Silbermöwe):
1 immat., swimming.
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marínus, Mantelmöwe):
1 ad., swimming.
Wood Pigeon (Colúmba palúmbus, Ringeltaube):
1, roosting on a tree on the sea promenade.

P100-0914
Binz, beach in Front of Strandhotel Binz, Rügen (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany)
(30.12.2011)

30.12.2011, 10:30-13:30
BinzProra, Coast of the Baltic Sea, Rügen (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern)
6 °C, sunny, later overcast.
The following bird species were observed during an excursion along the coast of the Baltic Sea between Binz and Prora.
Great Cormorant (Phalacrócorax carbo, Kormoran):
7, flying inland.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
34, swimming on the sea.
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibúndus, Lachmöwe):
200 (at least), swimming near the water's edge or standing on the beach.
Herring Gull (Larus argentátus, Silbermöwe):
30 (at least), swimming near the water's edge or standing on the beach.
Wood Pigeon (Colúmba palúmbus, Ringeltaube):
3, on a tree on the strand promenade
Blue Tit (Parus caerúleus, Blaumeise):
1, on a tree.
Hooded Crow (Corvus coróne cornix, Nebelkrähe):
6, on the beach.

 

P100-0980 and P100-0981
The Colossus of Prora,
Prora, Rügen (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern)
(30.12.2011)

P100-0983
Prora, Coast of the Baltic Sea, Rügen (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern)
(30.12.2011)

30.12.2011, 13:55-14:20
Binz, Schmachter See, Rügen (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern)
6 °C, overcast.
The following bird species were observed on the water expanses of the lake from a pier in the Schmachterseestraße.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
500 (at least), swimming on the lake.
Goosander (Mergus mergánser, Gänsesäger):
34, swimming on the lake.
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibúndus, Lachmöwe):
100 (at least), roosting on the railing of the pier or on fences.
Herring Gull (Larus argentátus, Silbermöwe):
2, flying.
Hooded Crow (Corvus coróne cornix, Nebelkrähe):
1, on a tree near the bank of the lake.

 

P100-0913 and P100-0916
Binz, Schmachter See, Rügen (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern)
(30.12.2011)

31.12.2011, 09:00
Binz, sea promenade, Rügen (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern)
4 °C, overcast.
The following bird species were observed from the window of the hotel room in Strandhotel Binz.
Herring Gull (Larus argentátus, Silbermöwe):
1 immat., swimming near the beach.
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marínus, Mantelmöwe):
1, swimming near the beach. Greater than a Herring Gull.
Wood Pigeon (Colúmba palúmbus, Ringeltaube):
1, on a tree on the strand promenade.

P100-0909
Binz, Hauptstraße, Rügen (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern)
(29.01.2011)

31.12.2011, 10:00-10:40
Binz, Rügen (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern)
4 °C, overcast.
The following bird species were observed in the surroundings of the station of the narrow-gauge railway (Rasender Roland).
Goose (unidentified Anser species, unbestimmte Anser-Art): 10, flying southwards.
Herring Gull (Larus argentátus, Silbermöwe):
3, flying.
Wood Pigeon (Colúmba palúmbus, Ringeltaube):
16, roosting on beeches.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
1, warning.
Great Tit (Parus major, Kohlmeise):
1, on a bird table.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
1, on a bird table.

P101-0025
Narrow-gauge railway (Rasender Roland), Binz, Rügen (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern)
(31.12.2011)

31.12.2011, 11:15-12:20
Sellin, Rügen (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern)
4 °C, dense fog.
The following bird species were observed on a walk from the station to the pier (Seebrücke).
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibúndus, Lachmöwe):
14, swimming near the pier (Seebrücke).
Herring Gull (Larus argentátus, Silbermöwe):
19, swimming near the pier (Seebrücke).
Hooded Crow (Corvus coróne cornix, Nebelkrähe):
1, on a roof.

P101-0033
Narrow-gauge railway (Rasender Roland), Sellin, Rügen (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern)
(31.12.2011)

 

P101-0037 and P101-0041
Seabridge (Seebrücke) Sellin, Rügen (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern)
(31.12.2011)

31.12.2011, 13:20
Granitz, Rügen (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern)
4 °C, dense fog.
The following bird species were observed during a walk from Sellin to Binz through the nature reserve Granitz.
Great Tit (Parus major, Kohlmeise):
12, searching for food on low trees.
Eurasian Nuthatch (Sitta europáea, Kleiber):
1, calling.

P100-0904
Kreuzeiche, Nature Reserve Granitz, Rügen (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern)
(29.12.2011)

01.01.2012, 13:00-15:15
Binz, Schmachter See, Rügen (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern)
4 °C, overcast.
The following bird species were observed during a walk from Binz to Schmacht along the path around the lake Schmachter See.
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor, Höckerschwan):
4 ad., swimming on the lake.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
200 (at least), swimming on the lake.
Tufted Duck (Áythya fulígula, Reiherente):
2 females, swimming on the lake.
Smew (Mergus albéllus, Zwergsäger):
2 (1,1), swimming on the lake.
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibúndus, Lachmöwe):
50 (at least), swimming on the lake.
Great Tit (Parus major, Kohlmeise):
3, searching for food on low trees.
Eurasian Nuthatch (Sitta europáea, Kleiber):
2, calling.
Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica, Elster):
1, flying, near Binz.
Common Raven (Corvus corax, Kolkrabe):
1, calling in flight.
Greenfinch (Chloris chloris, Grünfink):
3, on a beech.

P101-0067
Binz, Schmachter See, Rügen (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern)
(01.01.2012)

 

P101-0056 and P101-0060
Schmacht, Rügen (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern)
(01.01.2012)

 
     
 

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