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Old Tuesday 11th June 2019, 10:31   #1
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Long weekend in Berlin

This hardly warrants the title "report" however I feel the need to relate my experience of Berlin's Tiergarten.
My wife and I travelled to Berlin to see Fleetwood Mac on Thursday 06/06/19 and to do some sightseeing.
I had heard that there were Goshawks within the city and was hopeful, although doubted, that we may be lucky enough to see one.
Whilst travelling around the city I scanned buildings and the thousands of trees that grow there, to no avail.
On our final afternoon, Saturday we took an all to brief walk around the Tiergarten where I hoped we had the best chance of seeing a Gos'.

We tried to keep to the less travelled areas imagining this would increase our chances. We stopped to read a "you are here" map in an area with lots of people sunbathing and cycling when we heard the unmistakable call of a raptor, and into a tree in front of us flew a Gos'!! It was only there about thirty seconds before it flew off calling and we weren't able to locate it again, however I did get a photo' before it disappeared. Nobody else seemed to notice or care that a bird regarded as a ghost in the UK had just put in a somewhat noisy appearance in a public park on a Saturday afternoon!

I don't know if we were incredibly lucky or this is the norm, what I do know is we will be returning to Berlin, with more time.
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Old Tuesday 11th June 2019, 11:29   #2
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I was in Berlin for a couple of days last August and spent some time wandering round the Tiergarden - must have seen at least 6 different Goshawks, some incredibly close. They don't seem bothered by the people and the people don't bother them.
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Old Tuesday 11th June 2019, 22:45   #3
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An interesting account from Berlin. Martin regarding your August sightings of Goshawk, were any of those seen at the Tiergarden adult birds, also did you note any Hawfinch present?, as I hope to go later this year.

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My girlfriend went to Berlin for a long weekend last May and went for a walk in that garden and altho not having binoculars described several sightings of birds that she said were Goshawks and i thought no not in somewhere with people mooching around but there you go who would have thought and they are obviously being ringed by the looks of that bird.....

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Old Thursday 13th June 2019, 11:02   #5
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There are a few cities in which they occur regularly.

In January I saw one above the moat of the Imperial Palace in Tokyo and in April one flew past my hotel room in downtown Helsinki!

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An interesting account from Berlin. Martin regarding your August sightings of Goshawk, were any of those seen at the Tiergarden adult birds, also did you note any Hawfinch present?, as I hope to go later this year.

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All those I had good looks at were juv's, or immature birds.

I had some great views of Hawfinch coming down to drink by one of the streams running through the park. They dropped into a thick tangle but could be made out drinking at the waters edge. There were at least 6 birds but could have been more if it was a turnover of birds rather than the same birds returning.
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My girlfriend went to Berlin for a long weekend last May and went for a walk in that garden and altho not having binoculars described several sightings of birds that she said were Goshawks and i thought no not in somewhere with people mooching around but there you go who would have thought and they are obviously being ringed by the looks of that bird.....

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I watched one fly in low through groups of people to try to take a pigeon or House Sparrow from a flock feeding on the path within Berlin Zoo - it missed.
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All those I had good looks at were juv's, or immature birds.

I had some great views of Hawfinch coming down to drink by one of the streams running through the park. They dropped into a thick tangle but could be made out drinking at the waters edge. There were at least 6 birds but could have been more if it was a turnover of birds rather than the same birds returning.
Thanks for the info.Martin much appreciated.
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