Author Archives: Jochen Dierschke

Lightning sometimes strikes twice ā€“ Grey-necked Bunting on Helgoland

by Jochen D. One of the worst birds I ever dipped on Helgoland was the 2009 Grey-necked Bunting ā€“ I left the island the day before (as many other birders). With only a handful of records in northwestern Europe the … Continue reading

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British or Yellow-headed Yellow Wagtail?

On Helgoland, the British Yellow Wagtail (Motacilla flava flavissima) used to breed in the 1920s and 1930s, but then disappeared due to rats. Since it is a scarce spring migrant with the occasional breeding record (the last in 1977). On … Continue reading

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Strange Great Tit calls ā€“ invasion from the east?

Although some pairs of Great Tits breed annually on Helgoland, the majority of birds occurs during migration. Every few years, numbers are much larger than in other years, usually corresponding with large numbers in southern Sweden. However, most ringing recoveries … Continue reading

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Influx of Greenish Warblers?

by Jochen It has been an excellent spring for Greenish Warblers in Germany with several breeding records and stragglers far away from the more regular sites. Late August is the best time in autumn for this species on Helgoland, as … Continue reading

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Spoon-billed Sandpiper: Adventure on Video

by Jochen In summer 2011 I had the opportunity to spend 2 months in the core breeding area of Spoon-billed Sandpipers in Chukotka (eastern Russia). It was a dream for me to visit the breeding areas of eastern arctic waders. … Continue reading

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