michael-ibk

Michael´s Second Year

498 posts in this topic

26/E26.) Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus) / Feldsperling

 

Winklern, Carinthia, 12/02/2017.

 

Austria´s most common bird (see above) - at least in Winter, of course Swallows are much more numerous.

 

gallery_19319_1648_3218405.jpg

10 people like this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

27/E27.) Eurasian Siskin (Carduelis spinus) / Erlenzeisig

 

Chiemsee, Germany, 26/02/2017

 

Last Winter they were very common, they were regular visitors to the garden. This year not a single one. Apparently there had been an invasion of Siskins in Winter 15/16, they had bred extremely successfully in the North, and so many of them moved South looking for new feeding grounds. Not anymore, it´s pretty rare to find one but this is only back to normal for this species.

 

gallery_19319_1648_1398123.jpg

10 people like this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Posted (edited)

28/E28.) Eurasian Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes) / Zaunkönig

 

Winklern, Carinthia, 12/02/2017

 

One of Europe´s smallest birds. Surprisingly loud for its size.

 

gallery_19319_1648_1723896.jpg

 

Can be hard to see:

 

gallery_19319_1648_19437849.jpg

Edited by michael-ibk
12 people like this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

29/E29.) Greater Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major) / Buntspecht

 

Winklern, Carinthia, 12/02/2017

 

Our most common Woodpecker. That does not mean it is often seen - Woodpeckers naturally occur in lower densities.

 

med_gallery_19319_1648_3155088.jpg

 

med_gallery_19319_1648_1901570.jpg

12 people like this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

30/E30.) Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos minor) / Kleinspecht - NEW

 

Chiemsee, Germany, 26/02/2017.

 

And here is little brother. Was very happy about this sighting - finding Woodpeckers is not easy, and I have never seen this species. On the same day I also saw a Black Woodpecker (high on my Most Wanted list) for the very first time but it was gone too quickly.

 

gallery_19319_1648_11141820.jpg

10 people like this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

31/E31.) Eurasian Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula) / Gimpel

 

Chiemsee, Germany, 26/02/2017

 

Not exactly super-rare but I did not see more than 10 last year, and almost all of them in difficult settings (mostly in the forest). This one was more accomodating.

 

gallery_19319_1648_2437956.jpg

 

The female:

 

gallery_19319_1648_1032871.jpg

12 people like this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

@@michael-ibk

A great start! Well done with the Lesser Spotted Woodpecker - I have never seen one (yet :) )

The Italian Sparrow is interesting - I didn't know they had a different species.

1 person likes this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

You are catching up quickly @@michael-ibk! Quite a variey already. I agree with Tony, a good find that Lesser Spotted Woodpecker!

1 person likes this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks, @@PeterHG , and welcome back, hope you had a good trip?

 

And to you, @@TonyQ - as mentioned before the exact status of the Italian status is much debated. Apparently it originated as a hybrid between House and Spanish Sparrow, new DNA analysis supports its status as a good species. And it certainly looks different - at least the male.

1 person likes this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Almost missed the starting part of your Big year 2017, @@michael-ibk ! Nice sightings, specially those at Chiemsee; drove by past weekend (twice) and it rained on both occasions :angry: . Good luck with birds in Ethiopia :) !

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

@@michael-ibk, your Feathered friends are very spoilt, those feeders look like they would be hard to resist, kind of lolly shop for Birds.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks @@xelas (you should try Chiemsee one day, can be rewarding) and @@elefromoz . Birds in our neighbourhood are indeed spoilt, lots of feeders in every single garden.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Posted (edited)

32/E32.) White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) / Bachstelze.

 

Chiemsee, Germany, 31/3/2017. A very common bird. The continental version is slightly different from the UK "Pied" Wagtail - the back is grey not blackish.

 

gallery_19319_1648_2682100.jpg

Edited by michael-ibk
10 people like this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Posted (edited)

33/E33.) Penduline Tit (Panurus biarmicus) / Beutelmeise

 

Selkach, Carinthia, 30/03. A surprise sighting for me - first time I´ve seen this bird in Austria.

 

gallery_19319_1648_2123162.jpg

Edited by michael-ibk
10 people like this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Posted (edited)

34/E34.) Common Linnet (Carduelis cannbaina) / Bluthänfling

 

Maria Elend, Carinthia. 30/03. Looking a bit dull right now, their breeding plumage (with lots of red) is more attractive.

 

gallery_19319_1648_4989729.jpg

Edited by michael-ibk
9 people like this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Posted (edited)

35/E35.) Common Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs) / Buchfink

 

Chiemsee, 31/3. One of our most common songbirds.

 

Male:

 

gallery_19319_1648_2774996.jpg

 

Female:

 

gallery_19319_1648_3261519.jpg

Edited by michael-ibk
10 people like this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Posted (edited)

36/E36.) Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea) / Gebirgsstelze

 

Mühldorf, 29/3. A signature bird of the Alps, common around creeks and rivers.

 

gallery_19319_1648_5017918.jpg

Edited by michael-ibk
9 people like this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Posted (edited)

37/E37.) Greylag Goose (Anser anser) / Graugans

 

Chiemsee, 31/3 and Maria Elend, Carinthia, 30/3. Still the most common Goose in Middle Europe.

 

gallery_19319_1648_8109679.jpg

 

gallery_19319_1648_13763313.jpg

 

gallery_19319_1648_1913287.jpg

 

 

 

 

 

Edited by michael-ibk
8 people like this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Posted (edited)

38/E38.) Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus) / Haubentaucher

 

Chiemsee, 31/3. One of my favourite birds.

 

gallery_19319_1648_5883399.jpg

Edited by michael-ibk
10 people like this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

39/E39.) Eurasian Nuthatch (Sitta europaea) / Kleiber

 

Chiemsee, 31/3. Sometimes you are just lucky - this bird posed perfectly for me. :)

 

gallery_19319_1648_8282680.jpg

 

Classic Nuthatch - they can run trees head down.

 

med_gallery_19319_1648_4975253.jpg

11 people like this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Posted (edited)

40/E40.) Common Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus) / Rohrammer

 

Chiemsee, 31/3. Wherever there´s reed you can bet on this bird being around.

 

Male:

 

gallery_19319_1648_1162273.jpg

 

Female:

 

gallery_19319_1648_12919.jpg

Edited by michael-ibk
8 people like this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Posted (edited)

41/E41.) European Robin (Erithacus rubecula) Rotkehlchen

 

Chiemsee, 31/3. One of Europe´s best-known - and probably most popular - birds.

 

gallery_19319_1648_7998853.jpg

Edited by michael-ibk
10 people like this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Posted (edited)

42/E42.) Gadwall (Anas strepera) / Schnatterente

 

Chiemsee, 31/3. The female looks very similar to a Mallard but the bill is more orange.

 

gallery_19319_1648_4590588.jpg

Edited by michael-ibk
9 people like this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Posted (edited)

43/E43.) Marsh Tit (Poecile palustris) / Sumpfmeise

 

Chiemsee, 31/3 and Mühldorf, 29/03. I still find it pretty much impossible to tell this one apart from a Willow Tit but the song is very different so I am sure about this ID.

 

gallery_19319_1648_4834540.jpg

Edited by michael-ibk
9 people like this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Posted (edited)

44/E44.) Black Swan (Cygnus atratus) / Trauerschwan

 

Maria Elend, Carinthia, 29/03. Obviously not a "native" in Middle Europe but feral populations have established themselves in several spots all over the Continent. This one has held his/her own for a couple of years now in this area.

 

gallery_19319_1648_4504400.jpg

Edited by michael-ibk
9 people like this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.


© 2006 - 2017 www.safaritalk.net - Talking Safaris and African Wildlife Conservation since 2006. Passionate about Africa.