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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.

 

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200/ET117.) Yellow-Fronted Parrot (Poicephalus flavifrons) / Schoapapagei - ENDEMIC   Only occurring in Ethiopia. A beautiful bird pretty much on top of my wish list for this trip. We were r

550/E203.) Crested Tit (Lophophanes cristatus) / Haubenmeise   Fulpmes, 19/11/2017. And I conclude my Big Year 2017 with my favourite tit.       I did not manag

100/E100.) European Bee-Eater (Merops apiaster) / Bienenfresser   Definitely Austria´s most colourful bird, and most definitely the highlight of this Seewinkel visit.     There´s a good colony

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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.

 

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

 

Winklern, Carinthia, 12/02/2017

 

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

 

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Can be hard to see:

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

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

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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.

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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 :) !

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

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Classic Nuthatch - they can run trees head down.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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