Birding in Augarten, Vienna

Birding in Augarten, Vienna

When: September 2018                        Weather:  Cold 11C

Nikon P900, Leica Monochrom 50mm APO summicron

Having explored the further afield Lobau wetland forest a few days earlier and written about in an earlier post, we decided to head for the Augarten, a city park that was an easy 30min walk from our hotel in Stephansplatz…

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One of the entrances to the Augarten from the southern approach

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Inside there is a lovely porcelain museum and tea house which serves a decent hot chocolate!

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the first bird to greet me was the Great Tit, characterised by its black head

 

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Great Tit

 

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Great tit with white cheek and jet black head

 

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and then in the forested paths, a whole lot of these little guys zipped around us and looked on curiously….I’m sure that if we’d brought some bread along, they would have come to our hands…

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These are Blue Tits, who have a light blue crown and a white stripe above the eye to differentiate it from the Great Tit

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the brilliant september sunshine lit up the park, at one end of which there was an imposing and rather sombre looking tower

 

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Close up…the towers are actually old world war two artillery bunkers and shelters…hence ‘never again’

 

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Hooded crows were common and not at all shy

 

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Hooded crow

 

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and then hearing a tweet from nearby, I found this little fellow

 

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It was lovely Eurasian Nuthatch pecking at the hole making a nest

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Eurasian Nuthatch

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and nearby, a brilliant flash of red heralded the great Spotted Woodpecker…

 

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Great spotted woodpecker

 

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and the final bird of the morning was this garden warbler; thanks to B Kaufman for help in ID

 

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garden warbler

 

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and this tiny red squirrel bade us farewell at the end of the morning

 

This was a delightful way to spend a couple of hours in a pretty landscaped garden within easy reach of the city centre…recommended.

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