Wagbachniederung in Late Spring – 10,000 Birds

The climate round Bonn was unpredictably unstable in Could, with some extraordinarily sunny days adopted by a collection of chilly and moist ones. This made being exterior reasonably difficult, and I acquired me caught within the rain abruptly a number of instances. I suppose it’s regular for climate to alter unexpectedly (and for the varied rain radars to be inaccurate), however leaving workplace on a sunny afternoon and getting residence quarter-hour later drenched to the bone appears considerably uncommon. Both means, I resorted to not planning far forward (not less than with reference to climate, not the opposite elements of my life) and so one morning earlier than work I packed my birding tools and determined to remain the night time in Mannheim to go to the Wagbachniederung the following morning: the climate regarded promising. I’ve been to the Wagbachniederung earlier than (see a earlier put up) and it appeared like a very good website to go to once more, being barely less difficult to succeed in than the equally attention-grabbing close by Saalbachniederung when touring by public transport. Questioning my reliance on spontaneity, the rain was drumming onto the roof of the hostel once I awoke in my dorm mattress in Mannheim at 4AM. By the point I arrived on the Wagbachniederung, the rain had luckily cleared making means for a lightweight drizzle for the remainder of the morning. Not excellent circumstances, however it appeared as if the birds remained extra energetic and have been singing for longer as the warmth constructed up a lot later.
Frequent Nightingales and Frequent Cuckoos the place calling in every single place. Whereas I’ve heard and seen each species a number of instances, these atmospheric songs within the humid daybreak, with songs of different species and the sound of water dripping via the foliage within the background, was already a spotlight of the day. Because it turned a bit brighter, I tried to see a number of the Frequent Nightingales however was principally left with fleeting darkish shapes within the undergrowth earlier than a chicken supplied me an honest view. A Frequent Cuckoo seemingly needed to take issues extra slowly with its moist plumage, permitting me to watch it from a conceal because it was drying itself.

Frequent Cuckoo

The reeds and waterbodies within the wetland host many waterbirds with chicks, together with Black-necked Grebe and Purple-crested Pochards. It appeared to me that this species has a way more liberal method to elevating offspring in comparison with that different waterfowl: the younger chicks have been typically exploring the wetland dozens of meters away from the mom – up to now I feel I’ve at all times seen ducklings to comply with their dad and mom fairly carefully. I ponder if the helicopter pochard guardian will likely be a factor in a couple of years.
Black-headed Gulls have been additionally breeding within the wetlands in giant numbers, turning into very agitated when a Western Marsh-Harrier quartered low over the reeds.

Purple-crested Pochard
Western Marsh-Harrier

Different birds didn’t make an excessive amount of of a fuss in regards to the harrier, together with a Savi’s Warbler whose cricket-like buzzing I heard earlier than finally recognizing it far-off. This was a lifer I’d been hoping to see for some time, and my first Locustella. I initially wrote “second” as a substitute, having seen a Pallas’s Grasshopper Warbler in Sri Lanka, however then realized it’s not a Locustella. Then I remembered a sighting that also haunts me on occasion: the glimpse of a chicken close to my residence in South Africa round 10 years in the past which I’m nonetheless 99.9% positive was a River Warbler, however the lacking 0.1% compelled me to simply accept the Savi’s Warbler as my first Locustella. Whereas I frequently keep in mind some sightings of birds I’ll by no means know what species they have been, I fairly get pleasure from this as once I see them someday (assuming I’ll), will probably be all of the extra satisfying and so they stay by some means particular even once I see them repeatedly sooner or later.

Savi’s Warbler

To spherical of this put up after all, the compulsory Purple Herons (I’m undecided whether or not to name it a particular or a regular species of the Wagbachniederung) must be included. Their breeding mounts within the wetland have been eliminated, most likely as a result of issues have been getting uncontrolled with photographers. I consider it is a good factor as most likely reduces the variety of guests, which can put fairly a pressure on different wetland species as properly.

Purple Heron

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