Springtime

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April 2010 It´s springtime! Since I read the book The Sound Approach to birding – a guide to understanding birdsounds early spring became the most exciting season of the year. Studying the development of bird songs (and calls?) is my favorite field work right now. One of the first arrivals in the new year is […]

Amphibian paradise (optically)

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March 2010 End of March my companion Marcus and I made a trip to a famous spot for amphibians, particularly for Moor Frogs Rana arvalis and European Common Toads Bufo bufo. I hoped to get a few recordings in a quiet surrounding – but my mission failed. The destination is a nature reserve in the […]

Fortress Rosenberg

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July 2009 During an exhibition in Kronach (South-Germany) I stayed at a hostel situated inside a fortress called Festung Rosenberg (builded around 1250) for four days. Common Kestrels Falco tinnunculus, lot’s of Common Swifts Apus apus and Western Jackdaws Corvus monedula bred in the walls of the fortstress. Up to 40 individuals of Jackdaws were […]

Hissing and clicking

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July 2009 What do you think you hear in this recording? A clockwork? A model railroad? Or maybe a snake? 090713, Eurasian Wryneck Jynx torquilla, juveniles, near Leipzig, Germany Yesterday I ringed some juvenile Wrynecks Jynx torquilla. What you can hear is their defense call. For me it was quite an impressive experience to see […]

Northbound

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June 2009 In June two friends and I made a trip to Norge and Denmark. It was not my first time there, but the first time with having more time to enjoy the landscape without having to run from one tourist attraction to the next as with my parents in my boyhood. Nevertheless, we did […]

Greifswalder Oie III

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May 2009 In early Spring I was on the isle Greifswalder Oie for the third time. It was quite a different situation as in Autumn. Only a few birds were migrating, what gave me enough time for single individuals, studying their fragmentary, incomplete songs “on the road”. Earlier the year the Club 300 Germany started […]