"Ornis" - Verein für Vogelkunde und Vogelschutz Annaberg e.V.

    World Bird Watching Day and 3rd NTT World Bird Count:

    In observance of WBWD on 04 and 05 Oct, 1997, "Ornis"-Verein held two excursions. We would like to share our results which were also used for the 3rd World Bird Count of the Nippon Telegraph and Telephon Corp. (Japan).

    1st Excursion: Upper Rhine rift valley/Baden-Wuerttemberg
    On both days (04 and 05 Oct, 1.30 to 5 p.m.) excursions took place in the southeast part of Germany the so called Upper Rhine rift valley and there mainly in the nature reserve "Taubergiessen" and roughly 20 km to North.
    The weather was really nice, sunny and with estimated 24dgC very warm.

    Only 41 bird species (both days together) could be observed as follows:
    Common Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus), Mute Swan (Cygnus olor), Gadwall (Anas strepera), Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope), Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos), Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula), Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major), Black Woodpecker (Dryocopus martius), Common Wood-Pigeon (Columba palumbus), Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto), Common Coot (Fulica atra), Common Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibundus), Common Buzzard (Buteo buteo), Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus), Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis), Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus), Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo), Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea), Eurasian Jay (Garrulus glandarius), Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica), Rook (Corvus frugilegus), Eurasian Blackbird (Turdus merula), European Robin (Erithacus rubecula), Black Redstart (Phoenicurus ochruros), Common Starling (Sturnus vulgaris), Wood Nuthatch (Sitta europaea), Winter Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes), Coal Tit (Parus ater), Great Tit (Parus major), Blue Tit (Parus caeruleus), Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus), Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita), Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla), Eurasian Skylark (Alauda arvensis), House Sparrow (Passer domesticus), Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus), White Wagtail (Motacilla alba), Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs), European Greenfinch (Carduelis chloris), European Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis), Yellowhammer (Emberiza citrinella),

    2nd Excursion: Upper Ore-Mountains/Saxony
    Observation during a special day of catching and banding birds for a bird banding program in which all German birdbanding stations participated. It took place on 22 Oct 1997 (7 a.m. to 1 p.m.) and it was the last but one birdbanding date during this autumn's migration season.

    The following bird species were seen:
    5 Common Buzzards (Buteo buteo), 2 Kestrels (Falco tinnunculus), 7 Skylarks (Alauda arvensis), 1 Meadow Pipit (Anthus pratensis), 5 White Wagtails (Motacilla alba), 1 Great Grey Shrike (Lanius excubitor), 1 Chiffchaff (Phyloscopus collybita), 7 Goldcrests (Regulus regulus), 5 Black Redstarts (Phoenicurus ochruros), 1 Redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus), 2 Robins (Erithacus rubecula), 3 Eurasian Blackbirds (Turdus merula), 1 Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos), 6 Long-tailed Tits (Aegithalos caudatus), 2 Great Tits (Parus major), 4 Blue Tits (Parus caeruleus), 1 Willow Tit (Parus montanus), 1 Nuthatch (Sitta europea), 1 Treecreeper (Certhia familiaris), 1 Winter Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes), 15 Yellowhammers (Emberiza citrinella), 6 Chaffinchs (Fringilla coelebs), 7 Goldfinchs (Carduelis carduelis), 20 Siskins (Carduelis spinus), 4 Greenfinchs (Carduelis chloris), 1 Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula), 3 Tree Sparrows (Passer montanus), approx. 50 Starlings (Sturnus vulgaris), 3 Jays (Garrulus glandarius), 1 Magpie (Pica pica), 2 Ravens (Corvus corax), approx. 20 Carrion Crows (Corvus corone)

    Caught and banded were the following birds:
    3 Bramblings (Fringilla montifringilla), 4 Blue Tits (Parus caeruleus), 5 Chaffinchs (Fringilla coelebs), 2 Jays (Garrulus glandarius), 1 Siskin (Carduelis spinus), 3 Black Redstarts (Phoenicurus ochruros), 1 Nuthatch (Sitta europea), 2 Great Tits (Parus major), 2 Robins (Erithacus rubecula), 2 Song Thrushes (Turdus philomelos), 1 Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus), 1 Treecreeper (Certhia familiaris), 2 Winter Wrens (Troglodytes troglodytes), 2 Willow Tits (Parus montanus),

    It is worth mentioning that we controlled a Jay (Garrulus glandarius) which was banded in August 1992.

    Final results of the 3rd NTT World Bird Count:

    1997 1996
    Number of bird species reported 5,935 (+12% / 5,317)
    Number of countries/regions
    from which birdwatching lists were reported
    88 (+9% / 81)
    Number of participants 184,376 (+128% / 80,694)