Creepin’ on Partitions in Bonn


As I famous in my final publish, I just lately discovered {that a} Wallcreeper had been found already in December simply exterior Bonn, conveniently a ten minute bike journey from my house (plus a ferry crossing). Though the chook was discovered some time in the past, it had nonetheless been seen the day earlier than I went to take a look at the location with my mom (not a birder however interested by birds), who, in an unlikely coincidence, got here throughout this species just a few days earlier when trying by my chook information and determined that she would actually wish to see this species. “Unlikely coincidence” is perhaps redundant, however I take advantage of this phrase as it isn’t unlikely in any respect for birders to frequently categorical their need to see a Wallcreeper.

A number of features make this species very particular, however I anticipate that it’s primarily the the rugged and seemingly inhospitable nature of their usually frequented habitat, the issue of discovering them, and their gorgeous look if seen effectively. Whereas they’re roughly restricted to mountains, they appear to understand the comforts of city life in winter, when some people are discovered on partitions of buildings in cities and cities, typically distant from the upper elevations. Solely round 15 earlier information come from the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, a few of which can have been the identical people.

We arrived on the web site, a small cliff face above some vineyards on the slope of the Drachenfels (a hill in Bonn), at midday, and simply discovered the place from which to look as a number of birders with scopes pointing up in the direction of the slope had been standing there. I anticipated the chook to be tremendous onerous to search out however a bunch of Dutch birders (certainly fairly an attraction, the Wallcreeper!) pointed to the overall location the place that they had final seen it and inside minutes I noticed a tiny form transfer alongside the cliff face. By means of the scope, we acquired excellent views of this chook because it foraged on the cliff with outstanding agility. A number of occasions, it all of the sudden took flight and both disappeared right into a small cave at nice pace or flew quick distances in its miraculous flappy flight that actually seems to be just like the butterfly flight it’s usually likened to.

Wallcreeper camouflaged towards the rock face
Wallcreeper

After we had been happy with this gray cliff-loving hoopoe-like chook with its flashy purple wings, we continued alongside the winery in the direction of the village of Rhöndorf to get a snack and a espresso. On the way in which, we noticed a Peregrine Falcon, Frequent Buzzard, Eurasian Nuthatch, and the opposite typical birds of the area. We stored a watch open for the Rock Buntings which are well-known at this web site however which I’ve but to see, however sadly they didn’t present themselves. On the reptile entrance nonetheless, we had been rewarded with with numerous widespread wall lizards that noticed the nice and cozy solar as a uncommon alternative to sunbathe on the stone partitions alongside the paths by the winery.

Eurasian Nuthatch
Frequent Wall Lizard

After our espresso, we couldn’t resist the temptation to take a look at the Wallcreeper once more, which was nonetheless there (unsurprisingly) and as stunning as ever within the afternoon mild. Similar to the lizards, we additionally tremendously loved the solar from this vantage level. Usually, this location is nice with its view throughout the Rhine and alongside the slopes to either side. I’m already pondering of returning subsequent weekend to get extra views and a few higher photographs.

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