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World Migratory Bird Day: rare guests on

Especially in autumn and spring Austria is crossed by numerous migratory birds. For this year's World Migratory Bird Day on May 8th and 9th, thenature conservation associationtwo particular observations come into focus. With the brent goose and the dark water strider, Citizen Scientists are up Great recordings recently succeeded.

The Brent Goose (Branta bernicla) can only be seen very rarely in Austria. As a breeding bird in the arctic tundra, it is, unlike its conspecifics, more closely tied to the sea coast. With a lot of luck, however, you can spot them in the company of other geese in November and December. Then they look for mud flats as well as meadows and pastures to look for food. The marigold goose's distinctive appearance is particularly well recognizable on the photograph from Marchtrenk: It is only slightly larger than a mallard, has short-beaked, dark colors and has a characteristic white spot on the sides of the neck. It is also special that males and females can hardly be distinguished from one another based on their plumage. It breeds in the river valleys of the arctic tundra and overwinters mostly on the North Sea coast of Germany.

On the other hand, a regular guest in the transition periods is the dark water strider (Tringa erythropus). Easily recognizable by the long, thin beak, which is colored red on the underside. You can find him in larger wetlands, like here on Lake Constance, as well as in large groups. The extraordinary thing about this bird species is that the males take on the rearing of the young and the females can therefore be seen with us in early summer when they are on their way to winter quarters. They breed in moors and swamps in the Arctic.

World Migratory Birds Day on May 8th and 9th

Three quarters of all bird species are migratory birds. They cover several thousand kilometers on their journey and are dependent on suitable habitats along the flight routes. Since 2006, World Migratory Birds Day has been held every second weekend in May in honor of the migrants worthy of protection. This is also intended to remind of the preservation of their habitats.

The platform has set itself the goal of collecting occurrence and distribution data of animals and plants in order to derive scientifically justified nature conservation measures. Subject matter experts validate every single sighting to ensure high quality. In the forum you can learn exciting things about projects and can also exchange ideas with other nature lovers. For two years now, the platform has also been available as a free app of the same name, with which you can enter messages quickly and practically while on the go - so go out, discover and share!

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