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Old Thursday 31st May 2012, 18:46   #1
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Hello from Landstuhl, Germany

Hi all.

I'm over here at Landstuhl for a mid length contract and am looking for good birding spots in Western Germany, Eastern France.
I especially would like to see/take pictures of a black woodpecker.
If anyone has any suggestions I'd love to hear from you.

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Old Thursday 31st May 2012, 19:49   #2
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Hi there and a warm welcome to you from those of us on staff here at BirdForum

I've moved your request to the Germany sub-forum where, hopefully, you'll get some feedback from our members from that country. Good luck
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Old Thursday 31st May 2012, 20:56   #3
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Hello,

I never was in this area.
For orientation a map ( sorry only german language ) of some good spots.

http://www.birdinggermany.de/baden-wurttemberg.htm
http://www.norbert-kuehnberger.de/hessen1.html

One of the best place should be so called Wagbachniederung.

Maybe contact this people at this homepage
http://www.vogelkunde-untermain.de/

click button "Mail an Untermain" ( the second last button )


For woodpeckers Bavarian is better.
If you are want to visit this area, let me know, I do quite ofter bird tours there.

http://www.birdinggermany.de/bavarianwoodpeckers.htm

The best birding spots in Germany between Berlin and Baltic sea.
Some of this like lake Guelper Sea or Nationalpark Vorpommersche Boddenlandschaft belongs to the best birding spots in Europe.
Especially in autumn ( 2. - 4. week of October ) is possible to see huge numbers of birds like cranes, geese, ducks and of course also White-tailed Eagles.
Eventhough most spectacular are mating season in spring of Great Bustard in Buckow, 50 miles west of Berlin.


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Black Woodpecker should be "all around" to the east of you, although I can't help you with locations. That part of Germany is good for Cirl Bunting, Rock Bunting and Melodious Warbler, which are all rare elsewhere in Germany.

ornitho.de may be your best bet to find local birds: there are some active birders in the area. You may need to enter some data before you can search their database (well).
There's a good book on finding birds in southern Germany, although it is sadly in German which I assume could be a barrier!
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Hi, Forests and woodlands around Landstuhl and the surrounding areas are peppered with woodpeckers. The forest around Landstuhl castle is quite a good location, also the woodlands between LMC and Ramstein are interesting places.
Members of www.ornitho.de occasionally list sightings in the KL area, the website is a great resource and multi language....which helps :)

Weilerbach vogelschutzgebiet (bird sanctuary) is about 20 minutes drive from Landstuhl, bit tricky (and lucky) to spot woodpeckers, but if nothing else it offers a wonderful landscape.

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Wow! Great resources and links.
Many thanks to everyone.
I'll be on the lookout for some of these spots.

I appreciate all the help.

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You can't swing a dead cat without hitting a black woodpecker in eastern Germany. Seriously, any wooded area with some acreage and you'll see them (if you look closely.)
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You can't swing a dead cat without hitting a black woodpecker in eastern Germany. Seriously, any wooded area with some acreage and you'll see them (if you look closely.)
Thanks. I've been hitting the forests and heard woodpeckers. Just haven't tracked a black one down. Have some nice pictures of Greens.
I'd also like to see a three toed....
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Go towards Kaiserslautern on Kaiserstrasse. Just past the swimming baths and school there's a turning on the right up a track into the woods. That's Black Pecker city! While you're in the area, visit Silbersee for spectacular Starling roosts (and have a beer in the restaurant/bar there)!

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Go towards Kaiserslautern on Kaiserstrasse. Just past the swimming baths and school there's a turning on the right up a track into the woods. That's Black Pecker city! While you're in the area, visit Silbersee for spectacular Starling roosts (and have a beer in the restaurant/bar there)!

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Thanks, Simon.

I'll head up there this weekend.

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Thanks. I've been hitting the forests and heard woodpeckers. Just haven't tracked a black one down. Have some nice pictures of Greens.
I'd also like to see a three toed....
Three-toed is very difficult (also because it doesn't make a lot of noise, unlike Black): closest ones are in the Black Forest, with the Feldberg giving the best possibilities.
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Welcome aboard!
I've seen one Black Woody here near my hometown last autumn (Mayen, Eifel).
But my first and only so far.
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