Extra Rewarding Rock Outcrops close to Bonn

After my earlier submit on my sighting of a Wallcreeper close to Bonn, I suppose I shouldn’t write a second submit on the identical hen. Nevertheless, I visited the identical web site once more to see the hen, and was shocked with two surprising sightings. The Wallcreeper itself confirmed fairly properly once more – tho not in addition to final time – on the cliff face above the vineyards on the Drachenfels. The climate was not as sunny as final time however watching the hen by the scope was once more very rewarding – I don’t suppose I’d ever get tired of the erratic wing-flicking that seems as a sudden flash of crimson in opposition to the rocks!

Nevertheless, for a very long time I used to be much more impressed by two Peregrine Falcons. You may suppose that no birder value his or her salt would like watching Peregrine Falcons when there’s a Wallcreeper in view, however the two birds gave the impression to be courtship (the 2 falcons, that’s, not the Wallcreeper and falcon…), as they circled above and perched on the cliffs, chased one another, and known as. I’ve by no means had the prospect to observe these birds so properly and will admire their stunning barred plumage and spectacular invoice and talons.

Peregrine Falcon
Peregrine Falcon

One other spotlight was when one other birder knowledgeable us of a Eurasian Eagle-Owl that roosted in a vine on the cliff. I used to be impressed how the hen was discovered it because it was extremely properly camoulaged. Most likely a birder desperately looking for the Wallcreeper. The owl could possibly be noticed extraordinarily properly, and once more I used to be very completely satisfied to get my finest sighting of this species, which I’ve seen a number of instances earlier than however often at a distance or at nightfall. This species breeds fairly shut by in a quarry within the Siebengebirge and I’m planning to go to this web site on an upcoming weekend as I anticipate them to have began occupying their nest.

Eurasian Eagle-Owl

I used to be very completely satisfied to be refreshed by glorious sightings of two species that may be anticipated within the space however which nonetheless offered very particular views. I’m trying ahead to visiting this spot once more, now primarily as a result of I’ve nonetheless not been profitable in finding the native inhabitants of Rock Buntings, which is estimated at 1-3 pairs. This species is far more dependable not very far south in vineyards alongside the Rhine, however it will be extra rewarding to seek out the species right here given that it’s the northernmost fringe of its vary. Not for lengthy although maybe, as I might think about that the vary will stretch northwards because the area warms with local weather change…

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