Lil’ Bittern

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Juli 2016 From time to time I visit an area near Leipzig comprising some lakes, meadows and beautiful deciduous forests. It inhabits several rare bird species but is only rarely observed and therefore wildife is poorly documented. This time I found my second Little Bittern Ixobrychus minutus in that area. PFR11908, 2-11, 160622, Little Bittern […]


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March 2011 Sometimes Woodpeckers use man-made objects to build caves in or produce sounds on it. In a local park I accidentally observed a male Great Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos major drumming on a overhead line mast. 110320, Great Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos major, male, adult photo credit: Great Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos major © Mathias Putze | […]


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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 […]

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. 080712, European Golden Oriole Oriolus oriolus, Leipzig, Germany