Bee-eaters at Geiseltal

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July 2008 During the last weeks I regularly went to an area called Geiseltal near Merseburg in central Germany. It was a brown coal pit till 1994. Now the area will be transformed to an immense water landscape for all kinds of sports and freetime activities. Some animals which life in this really rare type […]

Wrong!

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August 2008 Earlier the year Haldensleben (central Germany) based ornithologist Reinhold Brennecke called me to report a local Corn Bunting Emberiza calandra with an aberrant song. The bird would have two different kinds of song – one similar to the Yellowhammer Emberiza citrinella and in addition a mixed song containing Yellowhammer and Corn Bunting elements. […]

Singwarte nature sound recording camp

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July 2008 In June the Singwarte Nature Sound Recording Camp took place in a small village called Süplingen near Magdeburg, East-Germany. A small group of fellow sound recordists stayed at a local camping site. From there we started our daily trips into the adjacent forest and the so called Colbitz-Letzlinger-Heide – a military area which […]

Drömling I

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July 2008 End of July 2008 I visited the nature park Drömling, a great area of grass- and marshland in the so called Altmark in central Germany. I recorded singing Common Quails Coturnix coturnix and Barn Swallows Hirundo rustica calling from the rooftops of my sisters house. 080728, Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica, Mieste, Germany 080728, […]

Milvus migrans +

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July 2008 Yesterday I went out to make sound recordings of a family of Black Kites Milvus migrans in Leipzig´s south. But something unexpected happened… 080723, Black Kite Milvus migrans, hot-air balloon, Leipzig, Germany photo credit: Black Kite Milvus migrans © Marcus Held | After Nature

Urban Orioles

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July 2008 The so called Park-Dölitz-Lößnig in Leipzig’s south is one of my favorite urban locations for birding. It´s a reliable spot for European Golden Orioles Oriolus oriolus and Eurasian Wrynecks Jynx torquilla. In this sound recording you can hear a family on post-breeding dispersal. PFR02335, 2-11, 080712, European Golden Oriole Oriolus o. oriolus, Leipzig, […]

Turmsegler

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July 2008 Now it´s summer and there´s nothing like the sound of Common Swifts Apus apus dashing by close to my windows. 080709, Common Swift Apus a. apus, calls in flight, Leipzig, Germany