The photo is by duyfje from the Netherlands.
Still 7 October 2016. After the journey by ship across the Baltic sea, with its goldcrests, had ended, we went to Freesendorfer Wiesen nature reserve. Where this dunlin on autumn migration was. With a few black spots left from its summer plumage black belly.
Near the entrance, a sea eagle sits on a pole.
A small dunlin flock along the shore. Sometimes, cleaning their feathers.
Four cranes flying.
Then, a short-eared owl flying.
A northern wheatear on a wire.
Our ship started at 8am. The storm had stopped, but it was still rainy.
Two coots swimming.
A velvet scoter swims and flies away.
A robin passes the ship.
Still smaller birds are on migration.
The smallest birds of Europe: goldcrests.
They rest on the ship, tired of flying over the sea.
Their feathers are wet because of the rain.
They try to get shelter from the rain in the sails.
When the ship came closer to the shore, the goldcrests left to continue their migration.
Stay tuned, as we still saw more birds on that day.
As I wrote, on 6 October 2016 we arrived in the harbour of Peenemünde in east Germany. We walked to a park not so far away. There, we saw in the bushes various goldcrests, like the one on this photo; looking for insects to feed on. October is autumn migration time for goldcrests. Many arrive then in Germany from northern or eastern Europe.
Peenemünde was notorious in World War II for its base of V1 and V2 nazi weapons. We had passed the big military building; now a museum.
Past the park, we walked to the shore. Great cormorants resting along the water. Behind us, mainly coniferous trees; with, again, goldcrests.
On the way back, a fly agaric mushroom.
The great cormorants were still there. But by then, a white-tailed eagle kept them company. Just like October is migration time for Europe’s smallest birds, goldcrests; it is also migration time for these sea eagles, the biggest birds of northern Europe.
A bit later, the eagle flew away.
But the cormorants stayed.
We went back to the ship. Tomorrow, on 7 October, we would sail the Baltic Sea. So, stay tuned!
After 5 October 2016, on 6 October, we sailed from Kamp village on the Stettiner Haff lagoon in Germany. As there was storm, we did not sail further than the estuary, not continuing on the rough Baltic Sea. Already inland, there were white waves.
At 7:45, our ship departed. Great cormorants flying.
At a bridge, great cormorants resting.
Two scaup ducks swimming.
And many more mute swans.
We pass Grosser Wotig island. When we passed it north to south a few days ago, this wetland island was mainly land. Now, however, when we pass the island from the south to the north, the storm means that many reed beds and the lower parts of fences are under water. Cormorants and other birds can still use the upper parts for resting.
A little gull flies.
A flock of flying mute swans passes.
We pass the village north of Grosser Wotig.
We sail on the Peenestrom.
We reach Peenemünde, where this river flows into the Baltic Sea.
Great cormorants rested at the harbour.
This area is well-known for sea eagles.
We will meet them in the next blog post about Peenemünde. So, stay tuned!
On 5 October 2016, we were supposed to sail from Rügen island to the smaller Greifswalder Oie.
On Greifswalder Oie is a bird ringing station.
However, storm meant we never went to Rügen, let alone Greifswalder Oie.
Even in the inland river harbour of Kamp village, the storm brough many waves and much rain. So, after 4 October, on 5 October the ship stayed at Kamp.
A sea eagle flying.
On the ground, a parasol mushroom.
Twice, a red kite flies past.
And just before we arrived back at the harbour, a raven flew.
Storm or no storm, rain or shine, like yesterday, still many great cormorants around their nesting colony.
Storm or no storm, rain or shine, like yesterday, still many birch trees.
Storm or no storm, rain or shine, like yesterday, the old railway track, now footpath, was still there.
Storm or no storm, rain or shine, like yesterday, the traces of beavers gnawing on trees were still there.
Finally, beautiful mushrooms. I wish I knew which species. But there are thousands of fungi species …
On 4 October 2016, we were supposed to be on Rügen.
However, a storm which caused flooding meant we could not sail on the sea, but had to stay in the interior near Kamp village.
Songbirds are migrating to the south this month. We see scores of goldfinches.
Many great cormorants sitting in leafless trees. And hundreds of them fishing together in the water.
An edible frog jumps.
A meadow pipit flies.
And also smaller species. I think this is a male Sympetrum dragonfly. I am not sure which species, as quite some related species look rather similar.
And of this small dragonfly I am not even sure which genus it is.
We pass some cranes which stayed in this wetland after most others flew away to feed on fields.
Beavers live there, as trees with obvious traces of gnawing show.
We pass great cormorant nests. They are empty now; the young birds have fledged.
Birch trees. A great spotted woodpecker flies to one of them.
On another tree, a nuthatch.
A flock of barnacle geese.
A water vole crosses the footpath.
We arrive back on the road. Not many cars, but still they are dangerous for the many caterpillars crossing. They are pale tussock caterpillars. The Dutch name for this species is meriansborstel, Merian’s brush; named after famous seventeenth century naturalist and painter of insects Maria Sibylla Merian.
We arrive back in Kamp.
At 18:05, to the cranes again. Many arrive for sleeping; including juveniles. Behind them, barnacle geese.
Black-bellied plovers in winter plumage.
A juvenile Caspian tern cleanses its feathers.
At 18:30, 670 cranes have arrived for sleeping.
Gadwall ducks land on the water.