Since July 2009 most of the time I am at ships at the North Sea (German Bight)
working for a monitoring program especially for seabirds, migrating birds and
Unfortunately the ships engines are almost running, so there´s no chance to
catch one of the rare given sounds of Tern´s, Gull´s, Skuas or one of the Trushes
migrating deep in the dark of the night – in a high quality.
At the tours there are three possible kinds to record birds: swimming at sea
(giving a call while brawl about food), in flight (songbirds giving contact calls
– on day or night. The third thing is giving contact calls while sitting on the ship
– in this case it is even possible that a bird sing it´s song!
During an exhibition in Kronach (South-Germany) I stood at a hostel situated
at a fortress called Festung Rosenberg (builded around 1250) for four days.
Common Kestrels Falco tinnunculus, a lot of Common Swifts Apus apus and
Western Jackdaws Corvus monedula were breeding there. Up to 40 individuals
of Jackdaws were screeming every morning at the inner courtyard.
What do you think you hear in this recording? A clockwork? A model railroad?
Or maybe a snake?
In June two friends and I made a trip to the middle of Norge and the west of
Denmark. It wasn´t my first time there, but the first time having more time to
participiate on the environment – I didn´t have to run from one tourist attraction
to the next like at the journeys with my parents in my boyhood.
However we had only a short time, so we went to well known hotspots – for this
At first we had to meet Marcus, he was there for a half year. The first surprising
thing he had shown us were breeding Lapwings Vanellus vanellus in a park near
the students hall of residence.
At home these birds became extrem rare, here it breeding under a park bench
beside a football site! A warning adult Lapwing beside it´s nest. At the nestside
almost people were going along and there were also a lot of magpies have to
feed there hungry chicks…
Yesterday I was on the road with a bird-ring-recording enthusiast from Leipzig.
We went to a bone meal-dumb on which where about 500 forageing Gulls
– in fact: European Herring Gull Larus argentatus, Lesser Black-backed Gull
L. fuscus, Caspian Gull L. cachinanns, Yellow Legged Gull L. michahellis,
Common Black-headed Gull L. ridibundus and Mediterranean Gull
For all kinds of senses it was an amazing – maybe odd – experience to
appreciate these gulls in that gloomy surrounding!
In early Spring I was at the isle Greifswalder Oie for the third time. It was a
different situation as in Autumn, only a few birds were migrating. So I had enough
time for single individuals, studying their fragmentary (incomplete) songs “on the
This year Germanys Club 300 started a campaign to research Common Chiffchaff
Phylloscopus collybita calls. So I had one ear on this topic in spring.
Furthermore I wanted to record some Sub– and Plastic Songs.
A flock of around 40 Common Starlings Sturnus vulgaris, some aeroplanes and
Two Eurasian Jays Garrulus glandarius, recorded at my vicinity.
It´s February, the first songbirds are singing in the first warm shafts of sunlight.
After a few of month recording with hard conditions a friendlier time is about to
To my surprise yesterday a flock of Common Starlings Sturnus vulgaris was sitting
in a apple tree and chatting. One of them gave a short lesson in what a Starling
During my second trip to the isle Greifswalder Oie in December 2008 I found
a complete new situation there. No migrating birds; on the whole isle where
only a few songbirds. A pair of Ravens Corvus corax did their display flights,
a straying flock of Hooded Crows Corvus cornix, and five or six clicking
Water Rails Rallus aquaticus. But on the costline and at the water where a lot
Through the years a Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo sleeping place
has established in the isles small wood..
It´s wonderfull to hear and see a flock of them, sitting down and clamouring
through the trees. There´s no stupid hunter or fisherman who attacks the birds …