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 …
One day a small flock of Bohemian Waxwings Bombycilla garrulus strayed around.
This should be an small foretaste for the weeks after my return home. Up to 150
individuals migrated through my hometown in January 2009. But unfortunately
under bad acoustic conditions…
After one week I finally managed to record the long call of a Water Rail
Rallus aquaticus. Prior to this the individuals hid within blackberry bushes and
were clicking all the day, but rarely “cried” their long pig-like calls.
After a short daylight period I had enough time to collate my recordings. Another
recording of a Roe Deer Capreolus capreolus giving a alarm call is a nice one