Caspian tern and bearded reedling

Uckermark cattle, 2 October 2016

We arrived on Koos island in Germany on 2 October 2016. We saw these Uckermark cattle there. This cattle breed was originally reared in 1972, the German Democratic Republic time. They are good for stopping marshy areas from over growing.

Uckermark cattle on 2 October 2016

This German video is about Koos island.

Warden Roland Abraham told us about birds which had nested on Koos in 2016. These were the nesting couples numbers:

6-8 corn bunting
4-6 shelduck
12 avocet
1 oystercatcher
1 ringed plover
1 little ringed plover
2 red-breasted merganser
22 northern lapwing
6-8 redshank
10-15 bearded reedling
7-10 water rail
1-2 short-eared owl
2 bluethroat

As for migratory birds, staying there in the fall of 2015, the numbers of individuals were:

3800 Eurasian crane
20,000-40,000 starlings, sleeping in the reed beds
160 Caspian tern
5000 golden plover
5000 northern lapwing
500-800 barnacle geese
50-80 curlews

During spring migration, 20,000 scaups. 50,000 barn swallows used to rest here.

Pomerania, 2 October 2016

We see a wigeon flying. And two shelducks flying.

Ringed plovers and dunlin on the ground.

A Caspian tern flies past.

As we walk back, a young bearded reedling in a reed bed.

Whitethroat, 2 October 2016

A whitethroat on a bush. Probably, this bird is on migration.

Whitethroat, on 2 October 2016

On the horizon, a church tower.

Church tower, 2 October 2016

Our guides hoped to see corn buntings, but I did not see any.

We have lunch at the home of Hans Joosten, a Dutch ecology professor living here. He tells us about his activities in restoring peat bog biodiversity in various countries.

In the afternoon, we see a sea eagle on a tree.

Pomerania, afternoon 2 October 2016

In a coastal tidal zone, we see an adult and a juvenile Caspian tern.

Then, in Wampen village, 15:55: house sparrows.

This video shows an aerial view of Wampen and Greifswald.

16:10, Greifswald harbour: a black-headed gull.

Then, to Wieck harbour, where our ship had arrived meanwhile.

A great black-backed gull on top of a wind vane.

Mallards, a mute swan and an adult herring gull swimming.

A magpie flying.

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