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Bee-eater Colony - Weiden am See

Burgenland  >  Austria

A little to the east of Weiden am See, there is a sand-coloured scarp, which has been the site of a colony of European Bee-eater for many years.

Added by Benjamin Knes

Description

The brilliantly colourful European Bee-eater are strictly protected and it is imperative that one use the spacious hide to the west of the breeding wall, so as not to disturb the birds’ breeding activity.

Other birds also make use of abandoned or seized European Bee-eater nesting burrows during the breeding season, and the loess wall can harbour a couple of surprises every year.

Details

Access

The route begins at the eastern edge of Weiden am See and follows the by-road, immediately north of the main road, to Gols. After 300 m, take the track branching off to the left and leading slightly uphill. In spring and summer,Common Nightingale, Blackcap, Linnet, and European Serin can be heard singing from the many vineyards and little stands of trees and bushes. At the next fork in the road, at the latest, one should already be able to hear the calls of the European Bee-eater that are present here between mid-May and early August. So as not to disturb the birds of another breeding wall nearby, take the trail leading off to the right along the southern edge of a little patch of forest, which leads directly to the desired wall. The entrance to the hide is a few metres to the south. It is important to stay inside this hide for the duration of one’s visit to the colony. Aside from the many European Bee-eater, the breeding wall is also used by Eurasian Kestrel, Common Starling, and Jackdaw, to name but a few. A pair of Little Owl even breeds here in some years.

Terrain and Habitat

Scattered trees and bushes

Conditions

Sandy, Dry

Circular trail

Yes

Is a telescope useful?

No

Good birding season

Summer, Spring

Best time to visit

Summer, Spring

Route

Paved road, Unpaved road

Difficulty walking trail

Easy

Accessible by

Foot, Bicycle, Car

Birdwatching hide / platform

Yes

Extra info

The first European Bee-eater were recorded in Austria towards the end of the 19th century. The first breeding sites were located along the unregulated banks of the Danube. Today, breeding sites in Austria are restricted to secondary breeding walls in sand and gravel pits, vineyards, and defiles. Since European Bee-eater dig a new burrow every year, smaller breeding walls can be used up fairly quickly. Knowing the locations of occupied breeding walls, avoiding (human) disturbance during the breeding period, and occasional maintenance of the walls are essential for a vital breeding population of the richly coloured birds.

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