Another short trip – this time to France. I met a friend and college, Julien R., to record and discuss Crossbills. We visited different places in the French Alps. The days started long before sunrise and we hiked through the mountains during the early morning. Here are some impressions:
As we hoped, we found very interesting crossbills. When I show you the photos, they look like every other Red Crossbill. You need to hear the voice of these birds to be able to recognize them. As this is the topic of my PhD, it was really fascinating to meet some of these special birds of the southern Alps, which I heard on my computer many times but not in reality.
There are quite a lot Common Crossbills in the Black Forest in southern Germany this year. I spent some time in the field, trying to get sound recordings of them for my PhD.
These little creatures are breeding right at the moment between all the wind, ice and snow. They are doing this, as their typical food ressource – seeds of Norway Spruce – is soon easily accessible. When it gets a little bit warmer, cones open and then food is wating for the Crossbills.
I tried to photograph them next to a road, where they regularly licked salt from. Wating was shortened by a nice Coal Tit.
Finally the Crossbills approached – not exactly where I hoped them to perch – but I was pleased with the outcome.
Wow – the summer is over and I haven’t written anything. Well, it has been a busy time. I am on a research trip in Great Britain and Ireland – trying to record the calls of Common Crossbills (Loxia curvirostra) for my PhD.
There is very few time to photograph. I have taken almost no photos, just a few of landscape. Nevertheless, here are some of them: