Birdwatching in the National Park Warta Estuary
(Park Narodowy Ujście Warty)
and in its Surroundings
(District Gorzów, Poland)

 

June 14 – 15, 2003

Excursions

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

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14.06.2003, 09:30-10:25
Kietz/Kostrzyn, bridge at the border crossing, District Gorzów (Poland)
20 °C, fair.
I started in Berlin at 8:00 and reached the German-Polish border at Küstrin-Kietz at 9:30. The passage of the border control lasted nearly one hour. – During this time the following bird species were observed in the surroundings of the bridge over the River Oder.
Common Tern (Sterna hirúndo, Flußseeschwalbe):
1, flying.
Wood Pigeon (Colúmba palúmbus, Ringeltaube):
1, flying.
House Martin (Délichon úrbica, Mehlschwalbe):
20, flying over the river.
Starling (Sturnus vulgáris, Star):
4
, flying.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
1, singing.

14.06.2003, 10:50
KostrzynZabiceSłońsk, District Gorzów (Poland)
20 °C, heiter.
On the route from Kostzryn via Zabice to Słońsk the following bird species were registered.
Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube):
1, on a roof in Zabice.
Nightingale (Luscínia megarhýnchos, Nachtigall):
1, singing near Kostrzyn.

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Scheme of the National Park Warta Estuary (Park Narodowy "Ujście Warty")

14.06.2003, 12:00-17:20
Park Narodowy "Ujście Warty", west of Słońsk, District Gorzów (Poland)
20 °C, fair.
Coming on the road 133 from Czarnów I turned in Słońsk from the main road ul. 3-go Lutego left into the street Lipowa. I followed this road up to the traffic sign cul-de-sac. There I turned right and followed the path via Przyborów up to the car parking with the platform and the notice-board, which announces the National Park "Ujście Warty". From there I started my walk along the concrete road (betonowa droga) along the River Postomia up to its end past the bridge over the river. – Due to the dry spring the water level was much lower than in 2001 and 2002 in the mid of June. Therefore, many bird species seen during the previous visits in this area were absent in this year.
Great Cormorant (Phalacrócorax carbo, Kormoran):
15 (3 + 1 + 4 + 2 +1 + 4), flying or swimming.
Common Heron (Árdea cinérea, Graureiher):
12 (4 + 2 + 1 + 1 + 4), flying or standing at the edge of flooded areas.
Black Stork (Cicónia nigra, Schwarzstorch):
1, gliding over the area.
White Stork (Cicónia cicónia, Weißstorch):
1, on grassland.

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White Stork (Cicónia cicónia, Weißstorch) on grassland near the concrete road (14.06.2003)

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor, Höckerschwan): 58, 28 of them foraging on grassland, 30 swimming on a ditch.
Greylag Goose (Anser anser, Graugans):
6, on grassland.
Shelduck (Tadórna tadórna, Brandgans):
2, flying.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
10 (2 + 8), swimming.
Tufted Duck (Áythya fulígula, Reiherente):
2 (1,1), swimming.
Goosander (Mergus mergánser, Gänsesäger):
10, female-like, roosting at the river bank.
Red Kite (Milvus milvus, Rotmilan):
1, gliding over grassland.
White-tailed Eagle (Haliæëtus albicílla, Seeadler):
3, singly flying over the area, among them 1 adult with white tail.
Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginósus, Rohrweihe):
2, gliding over wetland.
Common Buzzard (Búteo búteo, Mäusebussard):
1, gliding over grassland.
Quail (Cotúrnix cotúrnix, Wachtel):
2, calling, on grassland.
Crane (Grus grus, Kranich):
3, 2 of them flying, 1 on grassland.
European Oystercatcher (Haemátopus ostrálegus, Austernfischer):
1, on grassland.
Little Ringed Plover (Charádrius dúbius, Flußregenpfeifer):
2, with black bill and characteristic yellow orbital ring.
Curlew (Numénius arquáta, Großer Brachvogel):
1, calling.
Redshank (Tringa tótanus, Rotschenkel):
2, landing at the river bank.
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibúndus, Lachmöwe):
7 (1 + 1 + 5).
Common Gull (Larus canus, Sturmmöwe):
7 (2 + 2 + 3), adult birds in breeding plumage with yellow bill.
Common Tern (Sterna hirúndo, Flußseeschwalbe):
1, flying.
Black Tern (Chlidónias nigra, Trauerseeschwalbe):
1, flying.
Wood Pigeon (Colúmba palúmbus, Ringeltaube):
3, flying.
Common Cuckoo (Cúculus canórus, Kuckuck):
2, calling.
Common Swift (Apus apus, Mauersegler):
100 (at least), flying.
Skylark (Aláuda arvénsis, Feldlerche):
5 (at least), singing.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
25, flying.
Yellow Wagtail (Motacílla flava, Schafstelze):
5, singly on grassland or flying.
White Wagtail (Motacílla alba, Bachstelze):
2, at the river bank.
Citrine Wagtail (Motacílla citreola, Zitronenstelze):
1 male, in a shrub on grassland. Characterized by entirely lemon-yellow head (without black markings), yellow breast and vent, black nape band. – First personal observation.
Sedge Warbler (Acrocéphalus schoenobáenus, Schilfrohrsänger):
1, singing, also seen.
Reed Warbler (Acrocéphalus scirpáceus, Teichrohrsänger):
2, singing
Hooded Crow (Corvus coróne cornix, Nebelkrähe):
15 (1 + 2 + 2 + 10), flying or on a mud area.
Starling (Sturnus vulgáris, Star):
500
(200 + 300), on grassland.
Reed Bunting (Emberíza schoeníclus, Rohrammer):
1 male, in the meadow.
Corn Bunting (Miliaria calándra, Grauammer):
1, singing on a shrub near the path.

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The red line represents the concrete road along the River Postomia from which birds can be observed on the wetland.

14.06.2003, 18:35-19:30
Owczary, xerothermic turfs east of the village, District Gorzów (Poland)
20 °C, overcast.
From the National Park "Ujście Warty" I drove via Charnów, Zabice, Górzyca to Owczary. I parked the car in front of the Museum of the Meadows and walked as last year through the steppe-like grassland east of the village. – The following bird species were registered.
Pheasant (Phasiánus cólchicus, Fasan):
1, calling.
Street Pigeon (Colúmba lívia f. doméstica, Haustaube):
1, flying.
Wood Pigeon (Colúmba palúmbus, Ringeltaube):
2, flying.
Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube):
2, calling.
Turtle-Dove (Streptopélia turtur, Turteltaube):
1, calling, later in display flight. White terminal tail bar smaller than in Collared Dove.
Common Swift (Apus apus, Mauersegler):
20, flying.
Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrócopos major, Buntspecht):
1, calling.
Skylark (Aláuda arvénsis, Feldlerche):
2, singing.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
1, flying.
White Wagtail (Motacílla alba, Bachstelze):
1.
Robin (Eríthacus rubécula, Rotkehlchen):
1, singing.
Nightingale (Luscínia megarhýnchos, Nachtigall):
2, singing.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
2, singing.
Song Thrush (Turdus philomélos, Singdrossel):
1, singing.
Blackcap (Sýlvia atricapílla, Mönchsgrasmücke):
3, singing.
Great Tit (Parus major, Kohlmeise):
2, calling.
Starling (Sturnus vulgáris, Star):
6
, flying.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
2, near the road 118.
Tree Sparrow (Passer montánus, Feldsperling):
1, in the village.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
4, singing.
Greenfinch (Chloris chloris, Grünfink):
1, singing.
Goldfinch (Carduélis carduélis, Stieglitz):
1, flying.
Yellowhammer (Emberíza citrinélla, Goldammer):
2, singing, on a fence or in a shrub.
Corn Bunting (Miliaria calándra, Grauammer):
1, singing in a shrub.

14.06.2003, 19:30-21:30
Owczary, through the meadows to the River Odra, District Gorzów (Poland)
20 °C, overcast. Sunset at 21:15.
From the village Owczary I walked on a track through the meadows to the bank of the River.
Common Buzzard (Búteo búteo, Mäusebussard):
1, on a tree.
Pheasant (Phasiánus cólchicus, Fasan):
1 male, on the track.
Crane (Grus grus, Kranich):
2, calling.
Common Cuckoo (Cúculus canórus, Kuckuck):
1, calling.
Crested Lark (Galerída cristáta, Haubenlerche):
1, on the track.
Skylark (Aláuda arvénsis, Feldlerche):
4, singing.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
5, flying.
Bluethroat (Luscínia svécica, Blaukehlchen):
1 male, in shrubs near the track.. The blue throat with a white patch, bordered by a black-white and a broader rusty-red band as well as the rusty-red tail basis and the white supercilium could be well recognized.
Stonechat (Saxícola torquáta, Schwarzkehlchen):
1 male, in a shrub.
Reed Warbler (Acrocéphalus scirpáceus, Teichrohrsänger):
1, singing.
Great Reed Warbler (Acrocéphalus arundináceus, Drosselrohrsänger):
1, singing, in a reedbed.
Whitethroat (Sýlvia commúnis, Dorngrasmücke):
2, near the track in shrubs.
Red-backed Shrike (Lánius collúrio, Rotrückenwürger):
1 male, in a shrub.
Common Raven (Corvus corax, Kolkrabe):
5, roosting on a tree.
Tree Sparrow (Passer montánus, Feldsperling):
2, on the track.
Yellowhammer (Emberíza citrinélla, Goldammer):
1, near the bridge.
Reed Bunting (Emberíza schoeníclus, Rohrammer):
4 (3,1), on grassland near the track.
Corn Bunting (Miliaria calándra, Grauammer):
7, singing, in shrubs along the track.
Hare (Lepus europáeus, Hase):
1, on the track.
Roe (Capréolus capréolus, Reh):
1, on grassland.

14.06.2003, 20:30-20:45
Owczary, riverbank of the Odra, District Gorzów (Poland)
20 °C, overcast. Sunset at 21:15.
At the riverbank of the Odra and in the deciduous wood along the river the following bird species were observed.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
3, at the water's edge.
Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginósus, Rohrweihe):
1, gliding over grassland.
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibúndus, Lachmöwe):
2 swimming.
Common Cuckoo (Cúculus canórus, Kuckuck):
3, calling.
Yellow Wagtail (Motacílla flava, Schafstelze):
1, on grassland.
Nightingale (Luscínia megarhýnchos, Nachtigall):
1, singing.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
1, singing.
Song Thrush (Turdus philomélos, Singdrossel):
1, singing.
Great Reed Warbler (Acrocéphalus arundináceus, Drosselrohrsänger):
1, singing.
Blackcap (Sýlvia atricapílla, Mönchsgrasmücke):
1, singing.
Chiffchaff (Phyllóscopus collýbita, Zilpzalp):
1, singing.
Willow Warbler (Phyllóscopus tróchilus, Fitis):
1, singing.
Hooded Crow (Corvus coróne cornix, Nebelkrähe):
2, flying.
Starling (Sturnus vulgáris, Star):
1000
, flying.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
1, singing.
Yellowhammer (Emberíza citrinélla, Goldammer):
1, singing.

15.06.2003, 07:30
Słońsk, surroundings of the Hotel Hubertus, District Gorzów (Poland)
15 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed in the surroundings of the Hotel Hubertus. This Hotel is situated at the main road ul. 3-go Lutego at the eastern end of the town.
Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube):
1, calling.
Common Swift (Apus apus, Mauersegler):
3, flying.
Garden Warbler (Sýlvia borin, Gartengrasmücke):
1, singing.
Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica, Elster):
1, on a tree.
Jackdaw (Corvus monédula, Dohle):
2, on a construction site near the hotel.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
2, near the hotel.

15.06.2003, 08:15-15:15
Park Narodowy "Ujście Warty", east of Słońsk, District Gorzów (Poland)
15 °C, sunny.
From the round-about in the centre of Słońsk, now under construction, I drove to the church and to the remainders of the castle. Then I followed the ul. Poniatkowskiego. After about 200 m I turned left (northwards) into ul. F. Chopina, an untarmacked road, which reached after about 2,5 km the pumping station. There I parked the car and walked along the dyke about 5 km up to the point, where I could cross a bridge at my left-hand side. By this way I reached the meadows between the dyke and the River Warta. In this area I walked about 3 km westwards. After my return to the bridge I followed the road on the dyketop another 1000 m eastwards. Then I went back to the pumping station and the parking car. – The following bird species were observed.
Great Cormorant (Phalacrócorax carbo, Kormoran):
7, flying.
Common Heron (Árdea cinérea, Graureiher):
7, flying or in the wetland.
Black Stork (Cicónia nigra, Schwarzstorch):
1, gliding over wetland.
White Stork (Cicónia cicónia, Weißstorch):
6, in wetland.
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor, Höckerschwan):
1 ad., swimming.
Common Buzzard (Búteo búteo, Mäusebussard):
6, flying or on trees.
Pheasant (Phasiánus cólchicus, Fasan):
1 male, flying-off.
Lapwing (Vanéllus vanéllus, Kiebitz):
14
(2 + 5 + 7), flying.
Street Pigeon (Colúmba lívia f. doméstica, Haustaube):
6, flying.
Wood Pigeon (Colúmba palúmbus, Ringeltaube):
3, on the track.
Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube):
1, at the pumping station.
Common Cuckoo (Cúculus canórus, Kuckuck):
8, calling, along the route.
Common Swift (Apus apus, Mauersegler):
2, flying.
Common Kingfisher (Alcédo atthis, Eisvogel):
1, at the pumping station.
Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrócopos major, Buntspecht):
3, on trees.
Skylark (Aláuda arvénsis, Feldlerche):
1, singing.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
2, flying.
House Martin (Délichon úrbica, Mehlschwalbe):
100 (at least), in the breeding colony at the pumping station.
Yellow Wagtail (Motacílla flava, Schafstelze):
4, along the route, 1 bird with food.
White Wagtail (Motacílla alba, Bachstelze):
2, on grassland.
Thrush Nightingale (Luscínia luscínia, Sprosser):
3, singing, along the route (tape-recordings, DAT tape 7).
Fieldfare (Turdus piláris, Wacholderdrossel):
3, 1 flying, with food, 2 warning in a shrub.
Sedge Warbler (Acrocéphalus schoenobáenus, Schilfrohrsänger):
2, singing, near the pumping station.
Marsh Warbler (Acrocéphalus palústris, Sumpfrohrsänger):
1, singing (Tape-recordings, DAT tape 7).
Reed Warbler (Acrocéphalus scirpáceus, Teichrohrsänger):
3, singing.
Great Reed Warbler (Acrocéphalus arundináceus, Drosselrohrsänger):
2, singing.
Lesser Whitethroat (Sýlvia currúca, Klappergrasmücke):
1, singing.
Whitethroat (Sýlvia commúnis, Dorngrasmücke):
6, singing, along the route.
Garden Warbler (Sýlvia borin, Gartengrasmücke):
4, singing, along the route.
Blackcap (Sýlvia atricapílla, Mönchsgrasmücke):
2, singing.
Willow Warbler (Phyllóscopus tróchilus, Fitis):
13, 8 of them singing along the route, 5 as a family in shrubs.
Red-backed Shrike (Lánius collúrio, Rotrückenwürger):
1 male, on a tree.
Great Grey Shrike (Lánius excubítor, Raubwürger):
1, on a dead tree.
Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica, Elster):
3, on the track.
Hooded Crow (Corvus coróne cornix, Nebelkrähe):
7, along the route.
Starling (Sturnus vulgáris, Star):
33
(1 + 12 + 20), flying.
Tree Sparrow (Passer montánus, Feldsperling):
8, at the pumping station, breeding in nests of House Martins.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
6, singing, along the route.
Greenfinch (Chloris chloris, Grünfink):
1, singing.
Linnet (Carduélis cannábina, Bluthänfling):
1 male, in a reedbed.
Hawfinch (Coccothráustes coccothráustes, Kernbeißer):
1, landing on a tree.
Yellowhammer (Emberíza citrinélla, Goldammer):
4, along the route.
Reed Bunting (Emberíza schoeníclus, Rohrammer):
7, along the route. Among these birds were at least 3 males.
Grass Snake (Natrix natrix, Ringelnatter):
1, swimming near the pumping station. A snake with yellow patches on the sides of the head.

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