Birding with Mom and Dad

Today I took my parents birding. It was a birthday present for my father and the weather promised to be great: clear sky, no fog. Promise was kept, therefor it was also very cold, not more than  -5° C (23° F). Shortly after 8 am we met at the Flachsee, where the River Reuss forms a long lake. Thanks to the Swiss Birding Page ornitho, I knew that we might see a very special guest, that is there for at least a week now. And we saw it: Feeding and standing in the water, all alone and pink! Usually we don’t even have Flamingos in summer – it is an escapee that doesn’t seem to mind the cold Swiss winter weather.

Here is our day list, 26 species:

White Wagtail / Bachstelzen (Motacilla alba)
Eurasian Coot / Blässhühner (Fulica atra)
Blue Tit / Blaumeisen (Parus caeruleus)
Common Chaffinch / Buchfinken (Fringilla coelebs)
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker / Buntspechte (Dendrocopos major)
1 Chilean Flamingo / Chileflamingo (Phoenicopterus chilensis)
1 Common Kingfisher / Eisvogel (Alcedo atthis)
Eurasian Tree Sparrow / Feldsperlinge (Passer montanus)
39 Greylag Goose / Graugänse (Anser anser)
Grey Heron / Graureiher (Ardea cinerea)
Mute Swan / Höckerschwäne (Cygnus olor)
2 Northern Lapwing / Kiebitze (Vanellus vanellus)
Great Tit / Kohlmeisen (Parus major)
Great Cormorant / Kormorane (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Eurasian Teal / Krickenten (Anas crecca)
Common Black-headed Gull / Lachmöwen (Larus ridibundus)
Northern Shoveler / Löffelenten (Anas clypeata)
Yellow-legged Gull / Mittelmeermöwen (Larus michahellis)
Carrion Crow / Rabenkrähen (Corvus corone corone)
Tufted Duck / Reiherenten (Aythya fuligula)
Gadwall / Schnatterenten (Anas strepera)
10 Great Egret / Silberreiher (Egretta alba)
Mallard / Stockenten (Anas platyrhynchos)
32 White Stork / Weissstörche (Ciconia ciconia)
Common Pochard / Tafelenten (Aythya ferina)
Little Grebe /  Zwergtaucher (Tachybaptus ruficollis)

Chilean Flamingo

White Stork

White Stork

Great Egret

Greylag Goose

~ by Natalie on January 3, 2010.

3 Responses to “Birding with Mom and Dad”

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  2. Mh, wie koennte denn ein Chilenischer Flamingo zu Euch gekommen sein?
    Ich glaube eher an Greater Flamingo:


    • Oh der, der war aus dem Zoo ausgebüxt – war wirklich ein Chilenischer Flamingo. Üblicherweise gibt es in der Schweiz überhaupt keine wilden Flamingos. Dieser hier wurde dann abgeschossen – aus irgendwelchen komischen Gründen…

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