During the last months of summer semester 2019 I had a quiet sustained time with exams that didn't allow me to do anything else than studying. However, in July the university was finally finish! So the summer break started and I was looking to do something. I chose to do my favorite hobby: birds!
After some free weeks in July I started to help at the birdringing station Schlammwiss, a nature reserve located in Übersyren, Luxembourg where I regularly post a resume of each month and coordinated the Facebook page since 2011.
My "job" there? Basically catching birds.
But how and why? We're catching birds in mistnets in trails inside of the reed banks with the help of sounds. Like this we can catch over hundreds each day in order to see how many birds are migrating through the reeds of Luxembourg and which species. In addition we have several projects there.
I really love to be at this time at this nature reserve. You never know what you may have in the net. But this year we had though luck. Although we caught a lot of birds during the months August and September, we couln't catch any rarity. Nevertherless, I enjoyed the the ringing and was able to refresh my knowledge!
Some of you may know that beside photography and studying I am also working as birdringer, mostly at the birdringing station
"Schlammwiss" in Luxemburg.
In 2015/16/17 I was really busy with a project where we caught water pipits (Anthus spinoletta), put a GPS on their back and checked where their origin is. Water pipits are mountain breeding birds and because Luxembourg's highest point is only 560 meters above sea level, it was clear that they are breeding somewhere else and they fly to Luxemburg to overwinter. It's planned to publish four articles about the water pipits by REGULUS.
This project wouldn't be published without the help of
Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Gernot Segelbacher
& André Konter!
The 50 GPS were sponsored by
the "Ministère du Développement durable et des Infrastructures",
by the "Velo Club Hirondelle Schuttrange" ,
by the "Hotel Légère Munsbach" and
by Mr. Rymond Streicher & Mrs. Danièle Schmit.
Thank you very much!
The first two publications (in German):
The next two will be published by REGULUS in 2020!
After a long time studying, it was time again for a little adventure.
In January, Fabian, a good friend who I met at Taricaya in 2013, asked me if I would like to join a mountain hike in winter. The plan was to climb up the Schneeberg (2075m) and spend the night there. It was February and we were prepared to have snow and a cold weather. However, it was colder than expected due strong cold wind that almost blew our tent from the top of the mountain and the icy underground. But it was an extraordinary experience an the sunrise in the morning was worth it.