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Weekend trip to Paris Sunday 21st

July 28, 2013 in sightings

Ferrel pigeon, Black Headed Gull, Mallard

At Parc Floral – Magpie, Ferrel Pigeon, Robin, Moorhen, Jay, Chaffinch, Woodpigeon, Blackbird, Carrion Crow, Black Headed Gull, Hobby, Swallow, Harring Gull


Also watched the finish to the Tour de France

Weekend trip to Paris Saturday 20th

July 28, 2013 in sightings

Saturday Morning from home to the bus stop

Blackbird, Starling, Woodpigeon, Swallow, Green Woodpecker – one adult with 3 fully grown young but not quite full colouings yet, Collared Dove, Goldfinch, Jackdaw, Chaffinch, Carrion Crow, Black headed Gull, Greenfinch


In Paris

Black Headed Gull, Ferrel Pigeon, Blackbird with young, House Sparrow, Mallard, Carrion Crow, Wren, Moorhen, Woodpigeon

Holiday List day 11 Tuesday 16th

July 28, 2013 in sightings

Berlin to Brussels via Cologne

House Sparrow, Mallard, Coot, Swallow, Hooded Crow, Kestrel, Carrion Crow, Ferrel Pigeon, Chiffchaff and Blackcap heard while train was stopped at Hamm – also Sparrowhawk passing over. Black Headed Gull, Magpie, Grey Heron

Also saw a raptor bigger than a buzzard but unable to ID.

Holiday List day 10 Monday 15th

July 28, 2013 in sightings

In Berlin – mostly in the Botanical Gardens

House Sparrow, Greenfinch, Swallow, Woodpigeon, Blackbird, Black Redstart – feeding 4 young in full view – fledged young and almost full grown

Pied Wagtail, with young, Great Tit, Chaffinch, Blue Tit, Mallard, Chiffchaff, Jay, Robin, Grey Heron, Coot, Blackcap,Garden Warbler, Goldfinch, Hooded crow, Mislte Thrush ( very good views – best I have had)

Also in the city Ferrel pigeon and Herring Gull



The list from the gardens was the most productive of the whole trip – sure was nice to get good close up views of the Mistle Thrush and the Black Redstart feeding young

Holiday List day 9 Sunday 14th

July 28, 2013 in sightings

Sargans to Basel

House Sparrow, Ferrel Pigeon, Carrion Crow, Coot, Tufted Duck, Mallard, Mute Swan, Black Headed Gull, Rook, Buzzard, Black Kite, Grey Heron, Collared Dove, Greylag goose, Great Crested Grebe, Blackbird, Pied Wagtail, Swallow

Basel to Berlin

Buzzard, Collared Dove, Carrion Crow, Swallow, Kestrel, Rook, Cormorant, Grey Heron, Woodpigeon, Ferrel Pigeon, Great Crested Grebe, Mute Swan and also deer

Holiday List day 8 Saturday 13th

July 28, 2013 in sightings

Sargans to Oberalppass via Chur and Disentis

Buzzard, Rook, Carrion Crow, Swallow, House Sparrow, also deer, Red kite


At Oberalppass – highest spot i got to – i made it by train at over 2000 metres – some people were cycling including a tandem

Swallow, Black Redstart, Pied Wagtail, Skylark, also a small bird as yet unidentified – need to study photos and video

Oberalppass to Realp

Swallow, Skylark


At Realp ( went here to watch a steam train)

Swallow, Chaffinch feeding fledged young, House Sparrow also feeding fledged young, Black Redstart with a nest as it kept passing by with a mouth full of insects, Blackbird, Fieldfare

Realp to Sargans via Goeschenen and Zurich

Carrion Crow, Rook, 2 egret – unsure of the type as they were too far away to ID. House Sparrow, Mallard, Mute Swan, Magpie, Great Crested Grebe, Pied Wagtail, Coot, Red Crested Potchard, Black Headed Gull, Blackbird, Buzzard, Kestrel

Holiday List day 7 Friday 12th

July 28, 2013 in sightings

Sargans to St. Moritz via Landquart and Klosters

House Sparrow, Swallow, Carrion Crow, Blackbird, Buzzard, Swallow, Rook, Magpie, Fieldfare.

St Moritz area

1. By the lake

Coot, Mallard, Rook, Tufted Duck, Chaffinch, Pied Wagtail, Blackbird with nest, Swallow, House Sparrow

2. Wooded area above the lake and town ( also with another lake)

Goldfinch, Mallard, Chaffinch, Swallow, Sparrowhawk

Celerina to Sargans via Klosters and Landquart

Rook, Fieldfare, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Swallow, House Sparrow

Holiday List day 6 Thursday 11th

July 28, 2013 in sightings

Sargans to Morteratsch via Chur and Samedan

Carrion Crow, Grey Heron, Rook, Buzzard, Blackbird, House Sparrow, Swallow, Chaffinch Woodpigeon

At Morteratsch

Took a walk to the glacier front – 2 miles in each direction. Plenty of wild flowers and butterflies – could hear birds but not too many seen however what I did get to see was a nice list. Route was pretty flat and along a nice valley from the station where there was a good Restaurant

Black Redstart – female, Redpoll ( my first ever) Chaffinch, Blackbird, Chiffchaff, Nuthatch, Fieldfare


Return trip to Sargans

House Sparrow, Magpie, Blackbird, Rook, Carrion Crow

Holiday List day 5 Wednesday 10th

July 28, 2013 in sightings

In the Rhine Valley Area


Trubbach ( 3 minutes by train from Sargans. Right by the River Rhine, and able to cross the river into Liechtenstein so in the list below fl shows the birds I saw in Liechtenstein)

House Sparrow, Pied Wagtail, Mallard, Kestrel(fl), Goldfinch(fl), Blackbird(fl), Chaffinch(fl), Chiffchaff (fl, heard only), Blackcap(fl), carrion Crow(fl), Great Tit, and one bird still not sure if it was a Yellowhammer or a Serin – need to study my photo and video closely ( if Serin then first ever)

Trubbach to Rorschach

Grey Heron, Carrion Crow, Rook, House Sparrow, Swallow, Kestrel, Pied Wagtail, Magpie

Rorschach lakeside

Mute Swan, Great Crested Grebe with young, Black Headed Gull, House Sparrow, Mallard, Common Tern, Swallow, Ferrel Pigeon.

Rheineck to Rorschach boat trip along part of Rhine and lake Constance

On the river one side is Switzerland and one side in Austria ( managed to cross the river into Austria for a short time too) ( A = Autrian side)

Mallard, Coot, Black Headed Gull, House Sparrow, Chaffinch ( A), Rees Warbler (A), Woodpigeon, Mute Swan ( pair with 6 signets), Great Crested Grebe, Carrion Crow (A), Common Tern (A), Starling, Herring Gull, Grey Heron, Swallow

Rorschach to Sargans with detour to Chur

Carrion Crow, Rook, Red Kite, Buzzard, Woodpigeon, Starling, House Sparrow, Grey Heron, Black Kite ( a first ever for me ) – similar in flight to Red kite but clearly with the dark under the wing instead of the different colours and patterns seen on Red Kite)


Mallard, Coot

Holiday List day 4 Tuesday 9th

July 28, 2013 in sightings

Sargans to Champ-pittet via Zurich and Fribourg

House Sparrow, Rook, Carrion Crow, Black Headed Gull, Coot, Buzzard, Great Crested Grebe, Mallard, Red Kite, Jay, swallow, Kestrel ( 4 in a short distance )

At Champ-Pittet ( Reserve with woods and lakeside)

Chiffchaff (heard), Blackbird, Whitethroat, House Sparrow, Collared Dove, Herring Gull, Goldfinch, Black Redstart ( Female – first time I have seen the female – she was collecting food and had a nest near the path so was able to follow her collecting food for a while), Tree Creeper, Blue Tit, Garden Warbler, Coot ( nest with young), Willow Tit ( as far as I can recall this is a first ever), Chaffinch.


This was a nice reserve – would have spent more time including at the lakeside but thunderstorm came up. Entry to reserve free but payment needed for hides and observation tower. Also cafe and centre with food and information ( mostly French). Railway station is 5 minutes walk from centre – mostly flat terrain)

Champ-Pittet to Sargans via Yverdon, Lausanne and Zurich

House Sparrow, Swallow, Rook, Buzzard, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Red kite including a few in a field, Red Crested Potchard, Coot, Black Headed Gull, Mute Swan, Great Crested Grebe, Mallard, Grey Heron.