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Old Tuesday 14th August 2012, 09:12   #1
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A dear friend of mine is off to Gemany on the 21st August for a couple of weeks - most of the time her husband will be in a conference so she will have plenty of time for birding - especially near to or within a day trip of Koln.

Of course its not the best time of year but can anyone suggest nice sites for species most interesting to people from the UK or sites with a good diversity of birdlife?

My friend also mentioned the Eifel National Park - would this area be worth a visit in mid/late August?

Any information most welcome - including links, publications or contacts with people on the ground who may be able to assist or even take my friend out?

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Old Friday 17th August 2012, 21:04   #2
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Hope no-one minds me bumping this! Its getting close to my friend's leaving date.
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If she like ,I could ask a friend of me ,who has been a rescue station for wild birds....near by Cologne ,the rest of the month ,I have holidays and I can show her.
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Gaby, thanks for your reply - only just saw this.

Have sent you a PM

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Hadn't noticed this before...

I gave some suggestions here: http://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?t=231463
However, shrikes, warblers and most Honey Buzzards have left (although a good migration day could change that), so basically only woodpeckers are left. Anyway, the Wahner Heide would probably still be good. It's a large area so multiple trips are possible.
I have not been to the Eiffel and I guess it could be a frustrating search for birds there!

Rock Bunting and Cirl Bunting are possible in the vineyards just north of Rhöndorf near Bad Honnef (the area just north of Weinhaus Domstein is best). I must add that even my local Yellowhammers are impossible to find at the moment...
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