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

 

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June 05 – 06, 2004

Excursions

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

Trip Reports

   


Species List

 
 


Introduction

The estuary of the River Warta east of Kietz/Kostrzyn at the Polish-German border is one of the most interesting places for birdwatching in Central Europe. Due to its importance for wintering swans, geese, and ducks as well as for breeding storks, herons, rails, gulls, terns, ducks, and many other species this area got in 2001 the status of a National Park (Park Narodowy Ujście Warty). During 4 visits in this area at the beginning of June (2001–2104) I always met more than 80 bird species in one and a half day. Visiting this area with a group of birdwatchers afforded even 110 to 120 species.

Itinerary
June 5, 2004:
Drive on a car from Bernöwe near Oranienburg, a district town north of Berlin, via Kietz/Kostrzyn to Słonsk. Accommodation in the recommendable Hotel Hubertus in Słonsk (PL-66-436 Slonsk, ul. 3-go Lutego 17, Tel. + 48 (0-95) 757 27 57). Birdwatching in the National Park along the River Postomia west of Słonsk. In the evening birdwatching in the xerothermic turfs east of the village Owczary and in the grassland and the forest at the eastbank of the River Odra. Owczary is situated about 12 km south of Kostrzyn and was reached by car from Słonsk via Górzyca.
June 6, 2004: Birdwatching in the wetlands of the National Park from the Warta dyke between Słonsk and Kłopotowo. In the afternoon drive back to Bernöwe.


Registration of the observations
All ornithological observations were registered in the databank OrniDB97–2.20, developed by Ralf Schirmeister (http://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.

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.

Maps for orientation in the area
Mapa topograficzna Polski, N-33-125/126, scale 1 : 100 000, Zarzad Topograficzny Sztabu Gen.WP.

Links to Birding in Poland
http://www.fatbirder.com/links_geo/europe/poland.html
http://www.camacdonald.com/birding/eupoland.htm


Excursions

05.06.2004, 11:15-11:45
Słońsk, District Gorzów (Poland)

16 ° C, overcast.
Starting at 8:45 in Bernöwe near Oranienburg, a district town north of Berlin, I reached the German-Polish border at Kietz/Kostrzyn at 10:30 and the Hotel Hubertus in Słońsk at 10:45. I parked the car in front of the hotel and rode on my bicycle via ul. Lipowa, ul. Wiejska, and the village Przyborów to the river Postomia west of the town. Then I walked westwards on the concrete road (betonka) along the river up to the bridge which marked the end of the accessible part of the reserve. – In Słońsk the following bird species were observed.
Street Pigeon (Colúmba lívia f. doméstica, Haustaube):
2.
Wood Pigeon (Colúmba palúmbus, Ringeltaube):
1, on a power line.
Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube):
3, on a power line.
Yellow Wagtail (Motacílla flava, Schafstelze):
1, on a power line.
Black Redstart (Phoenicúrus ochrúros, Hausrotschwanz):
1, singing.
Lesser Whitethroat (Sýlvia currúca, Klappergrasmücke):
1, singing.
Great Tit (Parus major, Kohlmeise):
3, one of them singing.
Jackdaw (Corvus monédula, Dohle):
10 (at least).
Starling (Sturnus vulgáris, Star):
2
, flying.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
10 (at least).
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
1, singing.
Corn Bunting (Miliaria calándra, Grauammer):
1, on a power line.

05.06.2004, 11:45-16:45
Park Narodowy "Ujście Warty", west of Słońsk, District Gorzów (Poland)
16 – 19 °C, fair to overcast.
The following 48 bird species were observed from the concrete road (betonka) in the wetlands west of Słońsk.
Great Crested Grebe (Pódiceps cristátus, Haubentaucher):
1, swimming.
Black-necked Grebe (Pódiceps nigricóllis, Schwarzhalstaucher):
5, 3 ad. with 2 pulli.
Great Cormorant (Phalacrócorax carbo, Kormoran):
8, flying.
Common Heron (Árdea cinérea, Graureiher):
40 (at least), flying or standing on the wetland.
Black Stork (Cicónia nigra, Schwarzstorch):
2, flying.
White Stork (Cicónia cicónia, Weißstorch):
1, on grassland.
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor, Höckerschwan):
86 (5 + 3 + 13 + 15 + 50) ad., swimming.
Greylag Goose (Anser anser, Graugans):
300 (at least), on wetland.
Shelduck (Tadórna tadórna, Brandgans):
7, on wetland.
Gadwall (Anas strepéra, Schnatterente):
4 (2,2), swimming.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
310 (5 + 5 + 100 +200).
Garganey (Anas querquédula, Knäkente):
3 males, roosting on grassland (photos).
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeáta, Löffelente):
10 (at least), swimming.
Common Pochard (Áythya férina, Tafelente):
4, swimming.
Tufted Duck (Áythya fulígula, Reiherente):
6, swimming (2,2) or roosting (1,1) on the water's edge (photos).
White-tailed Eagle (Haliæëtus albicílla, Seeadler):
1, flying.
Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginósus, Rohrweihe):
1 female, flying.
Black Coot (Fúlica atra, Bleßralle):
100 (at least), swimming.
Crane (Grus grus, Kranich):
3, on wetland.
European Oystercatcher (Haemátopus ostrálegus, Austernfischer):
1, on the bank of the River Postomia (photos).
Lapwing (Vanéllus vanéllus, Kiebitz):
13
(1 + 2 + 10).
Common Snipe (Galinágo gallinágo, Bekassine):
2, drumming in flight.
Black-tailed Godwit (Limósa limósa, Uferschnepfe):
8, on wetland.
Redshank (Tringa tótanus, Rotschenkel):
2, on wetland
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibúndus, Lachmöwe):
210 (at least), 200 of them on muddy areas. One pair with two pulli also could be observed (photos).
Common Gull (Larus canus, Sturmmöwe):
1, on a notice-board.
Common Tern (Sterna hirúndo, Flußseeschwalbe):
1 (1 + 1 +1, flying. 1 of them with food.
Black Tern (Chlidónias nigra, Trauerseeschwalbe):
3, flying.
Common Cuckoo (Cúculus canórus, Kuckuck):
1, calling.
Common Swift (Apus apus, Mauersegler):
1, flying.
Skylark (Aláuda arvénsis, Feldlerche):
2, singing, over grassland.
Sand Martin (Ripária ripária, Uferschwalbe):
2, flying.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
20 (at least), flying.
Yellow Wagtail (Motacílla flava, Schafstelze):
9 (2 + 5 + 2).
White Wagtail (Motacílla alba, Bachstelze):
4.
Thrush Nightingale (Luscínia luscínia, Sprosser):
1, singing.
Redstart (Phoenicúrus phoenicúrus, Gartenrotschwanz):
1 male.
Sedge Warbler (Acrocéphalus schoenobáenus, Schilfrohrsänger):
4, singing.
Garden Warbler (Sýlvia borin, Gartengrasmücke):
1, singing.
Blackcap (Sýlvia atricapílla, Mönchsgrasmücke):
1, singing.
Golden Oriol (Oríolus oríolus, Pirol):
1, calling.
Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica, Elster):
1, flying.
Jackdaw (Corvus monédula, Dohle):
1, on grassland.
Hooded Crow (Corvus coróne cornix, Nebelkrähe):
5, 2 calling, 3 flying.
Starling (Sturnus vulgáris, Star):
100
, on grassland.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
2, singing.
Reed Bunting (Emberíza schoeníclus, Rohrammer):
1, on a willow tree.
Corn Bunting (Miliaria calándra, Grauammer):
2, on a shrub.

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Scheme of the National Park Warta Estuary (Park Narodowy Ujście Warty) and its surroundings (District Gorzów, Poland)

 

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The River Postomia and the wetland of the National Park Warta Estuary (Park Narodowy Ujście Warty) west of Słońsk, District Gorzów (Poland)
(05.06.2004)

05.06.2004, 17:00
Słońsk, District Gorzów (Poland)
16 °C, fair to overcast.
The following bird species were observed in the town, when I came back from the wetland west of the town.
Lesser Whitethroat (Sýlvia currúca, Klappergrasmücke):
1, singing.
Willow Warbler (Phyllóscopus tróchilus, Fitis):
1, singing.

05.06.2004, 18:30-19:45
Owczary, xerothermic turfs east of the village, District Gorzów (Poland)
19 °C, fair.
The following 28 bird species were observed in the xerothermic turfs east of the village Owczary.
Pheasant (Phasiánus cólchicus, Fasan):
1, calling.
Street Pigeon (Colúmba lívia f. doméstica, Haustaube):
3, flying.
Wood Pigeon (Colúmba palúmbus, Ringeltaube):
1, flying.
Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube):
2, calling.
Turtle-Dove (Streptopélia turtur, Turteltaube):
2, calling.
Common Cuckoo (Cúculus canórus, Kuckuck):
1, calling.
Common Swift (Apus apus, Mauersegler):
2, flying.
Skylark (Aláuda arvénsis, Feldlerche):
14, 4 of them singing.
Sand Martin (Ripária ripária, Uferschwalbe):
5, flying.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
2, flying.
White Wagtail (Motacílla alba, Bachstelze):
2, on the path.
Nightingale (Luscínia megarhýnchos, Nachtigall):
1, singing.
Black Redstart (Phoenicúrus ochrúros, Hausrotschwanz):
1, on a barn.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
1, singing.
Song Thrush (Turdus philomélos, Singdrossel):
1, singing.
Barred Warbler (Sýlvia nisória, Sperbergrasmücke):
1, on a shrub. – First personal observation.
Whitethroat (Sýlvia commúnis, Dorngrasmücke):
1, singing.
Blackcap (Sýlvia atricapílla, Mönchsgrasmücke):
2, singing.
Chiffchaff (Phyllóscopus collýbita, Zilpzalp):
1, singing.
Willow Warbler (Phyllóscopus tróchilus, Fitis):
1, singing.
Red-backed Shrike (Lánius collúrio, Rotrückenwürger):
2, on a fence and on a shrub.
Hooded Crow (Corvus coróne cornix, Nebelkrähe):
1, flying.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
1.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
3, singing.
Greenfinch (Chloris chloris, Grünfink):
3 flying.
Linnet (Carduélis cannábina, Bluthänfling):
3, on a power line.
Yellowhammer (Emberíza citrinélla, Goldammer):
2, singing.
Corn Bunting (Miliaria calándra, Grauammer):
2, singing.

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Owczary. The xerothermic turfs east of the village, District Gorzów (Poland)
(05.06.2004)

05.06.2004, 19:45-21:15
Owczary, through the meadows to the River Odra, District Gorzów (Poland)
19 – 16 °C, fair.
From the Museum of the Meadows I walked through the grassland to the riverside of the Odra. – The following bird species were observed on the grassland.
Pheasant (Phasiánus cólchicus, Fasan):
1, calling.
Common Cuckoo (Cúculus canórus, Kuckuck):
1, calling.
Skylark (Aláuda arvénsis, Feldlerche):
2, singing.
White Wagtail (Motacílla alba, Bachstelze):
1, flying.
Winchat (Saxícola rubétra, Braunkehlchen):
3 males, along the track on shrubs.
Stonechat (Saxícola torquáta, Schwarzkehlchen):
1, on a shrub.
Reed Warbler (Acrocéphalus scirpáceus, Teichrohrsänger):
1, singing.
Great Reed Warbler (Acrocéphalus arundináceus, Drosselrohrsänger):
2, singing.
Whitethroat (Sýlvia commúnis, Dorngrasmücke):
2, singing.
Red-backed Shrike (Lánius collúrio, Rotrückenwürger):
1 female, on a shrub.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
1, singing.
Corn Bunting (Miliaria calándra, Grauammer):
4, singing.

05.06.2004, 20:15-20:35
Owczary, riverbank of the Odra, District Gorzów (Poland)
17 °C, fair.
In the forest along the river and on the riverside the following bird species were observed.
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor, Höckerschwan):
4 ad., swimming.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
1, swimming.
Turtle-Dove (Streptopélia turtur, Turteltaube):
1, calling.
Common Cuckoo (Cúculus canórus, Kuckuck):
1, calling.
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.
Hooded Crow (Corvus coróne cornix, Nebelkrähe):
1.
Yellowhammer (Emberíza citrinélla, Goldammer):
1, singing.

06.06.2004, 08:40-09:00
Słońsk, District Gorzów (Poland)
14 °C, fair.
From the Hotel Hubertus I rode on my bike to the pumping station at the dyke of the river Warta east of Słońsk. In the town the following bird species were observed.
White Stork (Cicónia cicónia, Weißstorch):
1, on a nest.
Street Pigeon (Colúmba lívia f. doméstica, Haustaube):
10.
Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube):
5.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
10 (at least), flying.
Garden Warbler (Sýlvia borin, Gartengrasmücke):
1, singing.
Jackdaw (Corvus monédula, Dohle):
6 (at least).
Starling (Sturnus vulgáris, Star):
2
, flying.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
10 (at least).
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
1, singing.

06.06.2004, 09:00-14:00
Park Narodowy "Ujście Warty", east of Słońsk, District Gorzów (Poland)
14 – 22 °C, fair.
I rode with my bicycle via the pumping station on the dyke of the River Warta almost to Kłopotowo. I made also a detour into the wetland between the dyke and the River Warta. – The following 47 bird species were observed.
Great Cormorant (Phalacrócorax carbo, Kormoran):
4, flying.
Common Heron (Árdea cinérea, Graureiher):
15 (at least).
White Stork (Cicónia cicónia, Weißstorch):
3, 1 of them with juveniles on a nest near the pumping station.
White-tailed Eagle (Haliæëtus albicílla, Seeadler):
1, flying.
Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginósus, Rohrweihe):
1 female, flying.
Common Buzzard (Búteo búteo, Mäusebussard):
1, flying over grassland.
Pheasant (Phasiánus cólchicus, Fasan):
3, 2 of them only heard.
Common Snipe (Galinágo gallinágo, Bekassine):
3, drumming, also seen.
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibúndus, Lachmöwe):
3, flying.
Common Tern (Sterna hirúndo, Flußseeschwalbe):
2, flying.
Street Pigeon (Colúmba lívia f. doméstica, Haustaube):
13 (5 + 8), flying.
Wood Pigeon (Colúmba palúmbus, Ringeltaube):
4, along the dyke, flying.
Common Cuckoo (Cúculus canórus, Kuckuck):
5, along the dyke, calling.
Skylark (Aláuda arvénsis, Feldlerche):
1, singing.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
20 (at least), flying.
House Martin (Délichon úrbica, Mehlschwalbe):
50, at nests on the pumping station.
Yellow Wagtail (Motacílla flava, Schafstelze):
13, along the dyke.
White Wagtail (Motacílla alba, Bachstelze):
1.
Thrush Nightingale (Luscínia luscínia, Sprosser):
13, along the dyke, singing.
Redstart (Phoenicúrus phoenicúrus, Gartenrotschwanz):
1 female, near the pumping station.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
1, singing.
Fieldfare (Turdus piláris, Wacholderdrossel):
2, 1 of them with food.
Grashopper Warbler (Locustélla naevia, Feldschwirl):
1 singing.
Sedge Warbler (Acrocéphalus schoenobáenus, Schilfrohrsänger):
1, singing.
Marsh Warbler (Acrocéphalus palústris, Sumpfrohrsänger):
1, singing.
Reed Warbler (Acrocéphalus scirpáceus, Teichrohrsänger):
4, singing.
Great Reed Warbler (Acrocéphalus arundináceus, Drosselrohrsänger):
3, singing.
Icterine Warbler (Hippoláis icterína, Gelbspötter):
2, singing.
Lesser Whitethroat (Sýlvia currúca, Klappergrasmücke):
1, singing.
Whitethroat (Sýlvia commúnis, Dorngrasmücke):
7, along the dyke, singing.
Garden Warbler (Sýlvia borin, Gartengrasmücke):
2, singing.
Blackcap (Sýlvia atricapílla, Mönchsgrasmücke):
2, singing.
Chiffchaff (Phyllóscopus collýbita, Zilpzalp):
1, singing.
Willow Warbler (Phyllóscopus tróchilus, Fitis):
4, along the dyke, singing.
Coal Tit (Parus ater, Tannenmeise):
1, in a tree.
Golden Oriol (Oríolus oríolus, Pirol):
3, calling.
Red-backed Shrike (Lánius collúrio, Rotrückenwürger):
3 males, along the dyke.
Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica, Elster):
1.
Hooded Crow (Corvus coróne cornix, Nebelkrähe):
1.
Common Raven (Corvus corax, Kolkrabe):
2, calling, also seen.
Starling (Sturnus vulgáris, Star):
80
, on grassland.
Tree Sparrow (Passer montánus, Feldsperling):
6, on the dyke.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
8, along the dyke, singing.
Greenfinch (Chloris chloris, Grünfink):
2.
Goldfinch (Carduélis carduélis, Stieglitz):
2.
Yellowhammer (Emberíza citrinélla, Goldammer):
10, along the dyke, singing.
Reed Bunting (Emberíza schoeníclus, Rohrammer):
5, along the dyke.
Roe (Capréolus capréolus, Reh):
1, on grassland.

 

   

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The wetland south and north of the Warta dyke in the Park Narodowy "Ujście Warty", east of Słońsk, District Gorzów (Poland)
(06.06.2004)

 
     
 

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