Within few days, Scharhörn proved to be a wonderful site, worth every minute spent.
Birds migration has started and there were amazing numbers of Sanderlings, and also some sucess while doing seawatching with Leach’s Storm Petrel and Sooty Shearwater passing by.
The real highlight however was a Little Bunting, a very small and rare scandinavian / siberian bird, which flew by calling. Lateron, I found it again, resting in the meadow and could also watch it shortly. Well, the bird is mainly brown – but a nice combination of different brown and white tones.
I hope it was able to leave the isle alive – not as this Meadow Pipit which was dinner for a Sparrowhawk:
Scharhörn lies next to Nigehörn, an artificially washed sand island. Over the years the two islands have almost grown together and only during the high water they are separated from each other by a tidal creek, surrounded by salt marsh.
One of my tasks as a bird warden on Scharhörn is to count the birds that are resting on both islands. Therefore I also had to walk to Nigehörn to count the birds there. However, as the water came earlier and much higher than expected, I was cut of from Scharhörn and had to wait for 3.5 hours before I could return.
Whata pleasure to lead a life that is determined only by the sun and the tide.
At the weekend, there was a sunny day and I finally had the spare time to go out photographing. I was very happy to find some Black-necked Grebes – a species I wanted to photograph in winter since a long time. Of course, there were some other species around to take photos. Now it is stormy and rainy and I hope for better weather conditions as soon as possible to take further photos…