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  1. wintibird

    Wintibird's 2006 list for Switzerland

    Last update, last post Yesterday I went to the Lake of Neuchatel with some friends. It was cold, foggy but good birding. We saw 2 Great Grey Shrikes, 2 Merlins, some Bean Goose among the numerous Greylags, a Sparrowhawk, a Goshawk, a lot of Great White Egrets and 2 Hen Harriers, one a...
  2. wintibird

    Wintibird's 2006 list for Switzerland

    Great Grey Shrike As the Bramblings are gone, I have more time for other birds now. So today I went to Ellikon am Rhein to check if the Great Grey Shrike is wintering there once again. And so he did. A Great White Egret and about 50 Goldfinches were also nice observations. I guess that was my...
  3. wintibird

    Wintibird's 2006 list for Switzerland

    Another day at Lake Constance Today I guided an outing of my local club to the Lake of Constance. Despite the forecast the weather was nice and sunny and there was almost no fog. We had nice views of Black-throated Divers but the best species was a lonely Slavonian Grebe. Hundreds of...
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    Wintibird's 2006 list for Switzerland

    Purple Sandpiper Today I rushed to Geneva by train, 3,5 hours each way to see Switzerland's fourth Purple Sandpiper since 1900. The bird was almost to easy to find, directly at the shore of Lake Geneva and surrounded by about 50 birders (which is quite a lot here). It was very tame and easy to...
  5. wintibird

    Wintibird's 2006 list for Switzerland

    Lake Constance Went out to Lake Constance with a friend. We had some nice Black-throated Divers, Red-necked Grebes and Red-breasted Merganser. Also a Herring Gull was a nice find. At Triboltingen 22 Great White Egrets showed in a distance, but two Greater Scaups pleased us even more. Whooper...
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    Wintibird's 2006 list for Switzerland

    200 Can't edit my list any longer, so my system fails. Went yesterday to Lake Constance and added three more: Black-throated Diver Red-necked Grebe Mediterranean Gull There were also two swans with yellow bills, probably Bewick's, but they were to far away to be certain. When I finally...
  7. wintibird

    Wintibird's 2006 list for Switzerland

    White-rumped Sandpiper After dipping the first Swiss Isabelline Shrike and two Richard's Pipits (I'm married and I intend to stay married) today luck was with me. No addition to the Swiss list but one for my World and WP list: White rumped Sandpiper. The bird was found friday evening at the...
  8. wintibird

    Wintibird's 2006 list for Switzerland

    Sociable Lapwing Mega twitch today: at the airport of Z├╝rich (Kloten) a Sociable Lapwing (or Plover) was found this morning. After school I rushed out by train and bike and at six I was there. About 14 other birders were also present (a good crowd in Switzerland) and from the fence we could see...
  9. wintibird

    Wintibird's 2006 list for Switzerland

    Arctic Tern Saturday I was out birding at my local patch, the Neeracher Ried. It was little bit boring, just 6 Lapwings and 4 Great White Egrets, one Hobby and the local Red Kites (remember, this local patch is not in Great Britain, Red Kites are just common here). I guess the weather was to...
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    Wintibird's 2006 list for Switzerland

    Capercaillie!!!!!!!! Some time ago a friend of mine met a forest engineer, who knows a great deal about Capercaillie and also where to find them. So we arranged an excursion to go for them. Unfortunately the expert was sick today and couldn't join us. But she gave as the approximate whereabouts...
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    Wintibird's 2006 list for Switzerland

    Short-toed Eagle With 3 friends I travelled to Chur today to twitch a Short-toed Eagle. We had to wait an hour beside a military training ground (lots of shooting going on) for about an hour. Peregrine, Kestrel, Goshawk, even a Cormorant (it's in the Alps) went by, but no Eagle. Suddenly it...
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    Wintibird's 2006 list for Switzerland

    Waiting for more Yesterday evening I visited the Klingnauer Stausee to see if migration has started already. Well, slowly. Some waders, but mostly Lapwings and Wood Sandpipers, one Black-tailed Godwit, one Snipe, some Curlews. A nice Spotted Crake was a good addition to the year list. The bird...
  13. wintibird

    Wintibird's 2006 list for Switzerland

    Baillon's Crake Spent two hours yesterday night in a marsh area nearby. It was difficult to hear birds as planes went over our heads and traffic on the road was still going on after ten. First we heard several Savi's Warblers and Little Bitterns and finally we heard our target species...
  14. wintibird

    Wintibird's 2006 list for Switzerland

    A day at the Lake of Neuchatel Spent the day in the west, in the Fanel and the Chablais de Cudrefin. Lot of wind, high water-level and therefore virtually no waders. Some nice adds to the list (Purple Heron, Little Bittern) and a very surprising Common Crane in a field. Seems to be there for...
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    Wintibird's 2006 list for Switzerland

    A Weekend in the Valais This weekend I spent in the Valais with three friends. The Valais lies in south-west Switzerland and is one of the dryest places in the country. We started with 2 young Eagle Owls perching in a rock, but it took us some time to find the adult, well hidden behind the...
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    Wintibird's 2006 list for Switzerland

    A weekend around Geneva I'm just back from Geneva where I organised a weekend for my local society. It was really good, we saw all the specialities, including Little Owl and Melodious Warbler. We also were lucky to see some Grey Partridge. Geneva was their last stronghold in Switzerland, but...
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    Wintibird's 2006 list for Switzerland

    Squacco Heron I finally put my yearlist on, little late, sorry for this. With two new gulls (Laughing and Franklin's) the year started very nice. Both were firsts for Switzerland. In my winter holidays I got the Cetti's Warbler, a bird was showing at Les Grangettes in eastern Switzerland. In...
  18. wintibird

    Wintibird's 2006 list for Switzerland

    Last update:30.12.2006: 210 species. Lifers for Switzerland:14 (Squacco Heron, Golden Plover, Laughing Gull, Franklin's Gull, Cetti's Warbler, Avocet, Eurasian Scops Owl, Bearded Vulture, Baillon's Crake, Short-toed Eagle, Capercaillie, Arctic Tern, Sociable Lapwing, Purple Sandpiper) Baillon's...
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