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Switzerland 2022…and all that Jazz! (1 Viewer)

pbjosh

missing the neotropics
Switzerland
The Honey-Buzzard was a flyover somewhere around the borders of Kantons Zürich, Thurgau, Sankt Gallen, just yesterday.

The LEO nest was (is?) at Allmend Chatzensee, not far from Büsisee, in a surprisingly visible location. I last saw the two owlets about 10-12 days ago. I was there about 5 days ago and the Owlets, which were definitely too young to have fledged, were not visible. I hope they were just able to scramble around in the bushy low tree the nest was in and thus were out of site, and not that they might have been depredated.
 

Mcnswiss2

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Thanks P
Know the Chatzensee area..amazing that the birds are there.
News just come in of unidentified Skua in Hagneckdelta and Red footed Falcon in Davos
 

Mcnswiss2

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Happy Birthday Switzerland. August Ist is special in the Calander.
Decided to take a morning birthday coffee up the Stockhutte near Emmetten (NW).
This area is great for a pleasent walk with good oppertunities for Alpine birds and for Black Grouse and Golden Eagles.
Birds seen or heard included Willow tits, Crested tits, Coal tits, Black and Green Woodpeckers, Spotted Nutcrackers, Crossbills.
Distant view of possible Golden Eagle plus at least 5 Griffon Vultures.
Several nice species of butterflies including Map, Large Ringlets, Meadow Brown, Brimstones, Speckled Wood, Red Admiral and Silver washed Fritillary were seen.
A great way to enjoy the Birthday.
 

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Mcnswiss2

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8 Sandwich terns reported today at Klingnauersee. Typical , I am away at the moment from my local patch. Back to Glaubenberg, Common Buzzards, Red Kites, Ravens, Spotted Nutcrackers, Jays, Coal, Willow and Crested tits etc.
Map, Comma, Camberwell Beauty Butterflies seen
 

Mcnswiss2

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It was one of those days..do I visit Melchseefrutt for Vultures or Engelberg for the Golden Eagles?
I decided to go to Engelberg. At 11.30 news came in of 3 Black Vultures at Melchseefrutt region….Bah….
I spent next few hours sky watching…
No such luck…
Very few birds…A few Swifts, Ravens, House Martins, Barn Swallows etc, but no luck today.
A great region with great Scenary.
 

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Mcnswiss2

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Caspian Tern seen at Klingnauersee.
Bee eaters at Setliesberg.
Common Rosefinch at Crudefin.
Fewer Swifts and Barn swallows seen
Maybe Start of migration?
 

Richard Prior

Halfway up an Alp
Europe
It certainly is for the Swifts and Black Kites, they counted over 24,000 of the former past the migration watchpoint just down the Rhône from Geneva on 26July!
 

Richard Prior

Halfway up an Alp
Europe
Wow Thanks Richard
One just flew past me now.
Where is the watchpoint?
I thought it was up at Col de Bretolet?
The most famous Swiss one is the one at the Col indeed, it’s a major ringing site too. The site on the Rhône is at Chevrier in Haute-Savoie, by the Défilé de l’Ecluse where two Napoleonic forts overlook a strategic gorge. The daily totals are on trektellen : Défilé de l'Ecluse - Chevrier (74) and migraction.net: Synthèse annuelle - www.migraction.net
It’s very different to Bretolet being at low level, so a lot of stiff necks at the end of a day there, whereas at the Col the raptors often pass at eye level ( mind you, it’s a good hike to get there…).
 

Mcnswiss2

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White winged Tern in Gletterens and European Roller reported in Wagliseichnubel(LU)
Im still hiding away from the heat in mountains of Uri.
Birds seen included:
Red Kites, Honey and Common Buzzards, Ravens, Kestrels, Spotted Nutcrackers, Great Spotted and Green Woodpeckers, House Martins.
No sign of Golden Eagles yet.
Several Butterflies species including SilverWashed Fritillary, Red Admirals, Large Skippers, Scotch Angus, Large Ringlets, Cloudy Yellows, Common Blues.
 

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Mcnswiss2

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Some nice birds still turning up despite the heat.
Grey Plovers, Caspian Terns, European Rollers, White wingedTerns, Pacific Golden Plovers..If you need directions let me know.
 

Mcnswiss2

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Still avoiding the heat in the mountain area above Luzern.
Very Quiet …Coal tits, Willow tits, Firecrests, Ravens, Green Woodpecker and Spotted Nutcrackers.
Just leaving when this beauty turned up.
 

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