Friday, September 28, 2012

Wryneck - more Helgoland

Kringel on saturday, many migrants had arrived and bushes were full. Suddenly we noticed 2 Wrynecks enjoying the sun with just a few meters inbetween. One of them flew into the bushes as they usually do, but the other looked surprised, had a good look at me and decided that I was not going to be a threat. In which he was right of course, but what a chance!

After a few minutes I left the bird alone, and a little later it was feeding on the typical Helgoland red-rocks (see previous post). The weekend was full of birds, some more images below (including the long-staying but very difficult to see Rose-coloured Starling). Other records include Lapland Bunting, Yellowhammer, Arctic and Pomarine Skua.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Yellow-browed Warbler - Gelbbrauenlaubsaenger - Bladkoning

A tribute to this tiny bird, this post is for you. Thank you for travelling thousands of kilometers from the east, brightening the day of the autumn birdwatcher (@Aquarium, Helgoland).

Sunday, September 23, 2012


A quick preview of a very nice weekend, I need to work out the pictures. Many migrants and the arrival of the first Yellow-browed Warblers, several Wrynecks and the Rose-coloured Starling appeared agian. The Olive-backed Pipit flew before we could get our eyes on it. More later!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Tuesday, September 4, 2012


Friday, extremely bad weather and during the landing on the island everthing got soaked. But on the island it was very busy; the storm and rain had resulted in a fall of Willow Warblers (many 100's, everywhere!) and good numbers of Garden Warbler, Pied and Spotted Flycatcher, Redstart, Whinchat etc. A Long-tailed Skua was a good find of BJ but too distant for a picture.

The next days were clear, all passerines left and we focussed on counting the waders which were presents in very high numbers. Some impressions below;

A beautifull Merlin caused some additional work by chasing the flocks during the counting:-)

A juvenile Red-necked Phalarope was briefly present between the Dunlins and Sanderlings untill the Merlin showed again. I lost it when the flock took flight but hit the shutter-button as the waders flew by close. And it was on one of the pictures:-)
Other interesting records; 3 Little Stints, at least 4 Curlew Sandpipers (both rare species on Rottumeroog), Great Skua, Osprey, 2 Peregrines and 1 Mediteranean Gull.

Monday, September 3, 2012


A short impression of a week Normandy:-)
Report of last weekend Rottumeroog soon!