Birding: Germany

Here is my life list for birds in Germany, comprising a subset of my worldwide and European lists. Dates and locations of first sightings anywhere in the world are included where known.

Life count as of September, 2017: 128
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Ducks, Geese and Waterfowl - Eendachtigen - Anatidae (Anseriformes)
Tundra Bean Goose
Anser serrirostris
NL: Toendrarietgans
November 8, 2014 at Ismaninger Speichersee, Bavaria, Germany
Sometimes considered conspecific with Taiga Bean Goose
Graylag Goose
Anser anser
NL: Grauwe Gans
Long ago in the Netherlands
Canada Goose
Branta canadensis
NL: Grote Canadese Gans
June 5, 2004 in Ghent, Belgium
Mute Swan
Cygnus olor
NL: Knobbelzwaan
Long ago in the Netherlands
Egyptian Goose
Alopochen aegyptiaca
NL: Nijlgans
July 20, 2001 in Kruger National Park, South Africa
Mandarin Duck
Aix galericulata
NL: Mandarijneend
September 7, 2014 at the Kleinhesseloher See, Englischer Garten, Munich, Germany
Gadwall
Anas strepera
NL: Krakeend
March 9, 2013 at Ford Lake in Ypsilanti, MI
Eurasian Wigeon
Anas penelope
NL: Smient
December 19, 2013 in Uithoorn, the Netherlands
Mallard
Anas platyrhynchos
NL: Wilde Eend
Long ago in the Netherlands
Northern Shoveler
Anas clypeata
NL: Slobeend
March 30, 2013 at Landfill/Wheeler SC in Ann Arbor, MI
Northern Pintail
Anas acuta
NL: Pijlstaart
March 30, 2013 at Trinkle Marsh in Washtenaw County, MI
Garganey
Anas querquedula
NL: Zomertaling
May 17, 2014 at Ruygeborg, Nieuwkoop, the Netherlands
Green-winged Teal
Anas crecca
NL: Wintertaling
March 18, 2014 at Village Creek Drying Beds in Arlington, TX
Sometimes split into two species: Green-winged and Eurasian Teal; I've seen both
Red-crested Pochard
Netta rufina
NL: Krooneend
May 23, 2011 in Zurich, Switzerland
Common Pochard
Aythya ferina
NL: Tafeleend
May 7, 2014 at Veerpolder in Warmond, the Netherlands
Ferruginous Duck
Aythya nyroca
NL: Witoogeend
October 26, 2014 at the Kleinhesseloher See, Englischer Garten, Munich, Germany
Tufted Duck
Aythya fuligula
NL: Kuifeend
December 31, 2009 at Lough Cork in Cork, Ireland
Common Goldeneye
Bucephala clangula
NL: Brilduiker
March 9, 2013 at Ford Lake in Ypsilanti, MI
Common Merganser
Mergus merganser
NL: Grote Zaagbek
February 18, 2012 at Gallup Park in Ann Arbor, MI
Also known as goosander
 
Pheasants, Grouse and Allies - Fazantachtigen - Phasianidae (Galliformes)
Common Quail
Coturnix coturnix
NL: Kwartel
May 25, 2015 at NSG Garchinger Heide, Eching, Germany
Ring-necked Pheasant
Phasianus colchicus
NL: Fazant
Long ago in the Netherlands
Also known as common pheasant
Gray Partridge
Perdix perdix
NL: Patrijs
March 19, 2015 at NSG Garchinger Heide, Eching, Germany
 
Loons - Duikers - Gaviidae (Gaviiformes)
Common Loon
Gavia immer
NL: IJsduiker
March 30, 2013 at Four Mile Lake in Chelsea SGA, MI
Also known as great northern diver
 
Grebes - Futen - Podicipedidae (Podicipediformes)
Little Grebe
Tachybaptus ruficollis
NL: Dodaars
September 7, 2014 at the Kleinhesseloher See, Englischer Garten, Munich, Germany
Great Crested Grebe
Podiceps cristatus
NL: Fuut
Long ago in the Netherlands
Eared Grebe
Podiceps nigricollis
NL: Geoorde Fuut
March 27, 2012 in Interlaken, Switzerland
Also known as black-necked grebe
 
Storks - Ooievaars - Ciconiidae (Ciconiiformes)
White Stork
Ciconia ciconia
NL: Ooievaar
August 15, 2009 near Zweth, the Netherlands
 
Cormorants and Shags - Aalscholvers - Phalacrocoracidae (Suliformes)
Great Cormorant
Phalacrocorax carbo
NL: Aalscholver
December 19, 2010 in Leiden, the Netherlands
 
Herons, Egrets and Bitterns - Reigers - Ardeidae (Pelecaniformes)
Gray Heron
Ardea cinerea
NL: Blauwe Reiger
Long ago in the Netherlands
Great Egret
Ardea alba
NL: Grote Zilverreiger
September 24, 2011 at Pointe Mouillee State Game Area, MI
Black-crowned Night Heron
Nycticorax nycticorax
NL: Kwak
April 29, 2012 on Sanibel Island, FL
 
Hawks, Eagles and Kites - Havikachtigen - Accipitridae (Accipitriformes)
Eurasian Marsh Harrier
Circus aeruginosus
NL: Bruine Kiekendief
May 17, 2014 at Waverhoek near Waverveen, the Netherlands
Hen Harrier
Circus cyaneus
NL: Blauwe Kiekendief
December 28, 2014 near Zonnemaire, the Netherlands
Eurasian Sparrowhawk
Accipiter nisus
NL: Sperwer
December 25, 2013 at Bovenkerkerpolder, Amstelveen, the Netherlands
Red Kite
Milvus milvus
NL: Rode Wouw
March 27, 2012 in Interlaken, Switzerland
Black Kite
Milvus migrans
NL: Zwarte Wouw
May 17, 2015 at the Ammersee near Pähl, Germany
Common Buzzard
Buteo buteo
NL: Buizerd
March 26, 2012 at Hasliberg, Switzerland
 
Rails, Gallinules and Coots - Rallen, Koeten en Waterhoentjes - Rallidae (Gruiformes)
Eurasian Moorhen
Gallinula chloropus
NL: Waterhoen
Long ago in the Netherlands
Also known as common moorhen
Eurasian Coot
Fulica atra
NL: Meerkoet
Long ago in the Netherlands
 
Cranes - Kraanvogels - Gruidae (Gruiformes)
Common Crane
Grus grus
NL: Kraanvogel
October 28, 2014 in Garching, Germany
 
Plovers and Lapwings - Kieviten en Plevieren - Charadriidae (Charadriiformes)
Northern Lapwing
Vanellus vanellus
NL: Kievit
December 23, 2013 at Bovenkerkerpolder, Amstelveen, the Netherlands
Little Ringed Plover
Charadrius dubius
NL: Kleine Plevier
May 7, 2014 at Legmeerpolder, Amstelveen, the Netherlands
 
Sandpipers and Allies - Strandlopers en Snippen - Scolopacidae (Charadriiformes)
Eurasian Curlew
Numenius arquata
NL: Wulp
December 28, 2014 near Kerkwerve, the Netherlands
Ruff
Philomachus pugnax
NL: Kemphaan
December 23, 2013 at Bovenkerkerpolder, Amstelveen, the Netherlands
Common Sandpiper
Actitis hypoleucos
NL: Oeverloper
May 7, 2014 at Veerpolder in Warmond, the Netherlands
Green Sandpiper
Tringa ochropus
NL: Witgat
January 18, 2015 at the Isar near Dietersheim, Germany
Spotted Redshank
Tringa erythropus
NL: Zwarte Ruiter
December 28, 2014 near Burgh-Haamstede, the Netherlands
Wood Sandpiper
Tringa glareola
NL: Bosruiter
May 6, 2015 at NSG Garchinger Heide, Eching, Germany
 
Gulls, Terns and Skimmers - Meeuwen en Sternen - Laridae (Charadriiformes)
Black-headed Gull
Chroicocephalus ridibundus
NL: Kokmeeuw
Long ago in the Netherlands
Mediterranean Gull
Ichthyaetus melanocephalus
NL: Zwartkopmeeuw
May 17, 2015 at the Ammersee near Pähl, Germany
Yellow-legged Gull
Larus michahellis
NL: Geelpootmeeuw
November 8, 2014 at Ismaninger Speichersee, Bavaria, Germany
Common Tern
Sterna hirundo
NL: Visdief
May 5, 2013 at Four Mile Creek SP, NY
 
Pigeons and Doves - Duiven - Columbidae (Columbiformes)
Rock Pigeon
Columba livia
NL: Rotsduif
Long ago in the Netherlands
Common Wood Pigeon
Columba palumbus
NL: Houtduif
July 28, 2012 in Zijdelwaard, Uithoorn, the Netherlands
Eurasian Collared Dove
Streptopelia decaocto
NL: Turkse Tortel
February 25, 2012 in Zijdelwaard, Uithoorn, the Netherlands
 
Cuckoos - Koekoeken - Cuculidae (Cuculiformes)
Common Cuckoo
Cuculus canorus
NL: Koekoek
May 16, 2014 at Vogelplas Starrevaart in Leidschendam, the Netherlands
 
Owls - Uilen - Strigidae (Strigiformes)
Tawny Owl
Strix aluco
NL: Bosuil
September 20, 2014 at Nymphenburger Schloßpark, Munich, Germany
 
Swifts - Gierzwaluwen - Apodidae (Apodiformes)
Common Swift
Apus apus
NL: Gierzwaluw
July 15, 2013 in Heidelberg, Germany
 
Hoopoes - Hoppen - Upupidae (Coraciiformes)
Eurasian Hoopoe
Upupa epops
NL: Hop
April 19, 2016 at NSG Garchinger Heide, Eching, Germany
 
Kingfishers - IJsvogels - Alcedinidae (Coraciiformes)
Common Kingfisher
Alcedo atthis
NL: IJsvogel
September 6, 2014 at the Isar near Garching, Germany
 
Woodpeckers - Spechten - Picidae (Piciformes)
Lesser Spotted Woodpecker
Dendrocopos minor
NL: Kleine Bonte Specht
March 22, 2016 at the Forschungszentrum, Garching, Germany
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Dendrocopos major
NL: Grote Bonte Specht
December 18, 2013 at Libellebos, Uithoorn, the Netherlands
Black Woodpecker
Dryocopus martius
NL: Zwarte Specht
December 6, 2014 at the Forschungszentrum, Garching, Germany
European Green Woodpecker
Picus viridis
NL: Groene Specht
September 30, 2014 at the Forschungszentrum, Garching, Germany
Gray-headed Woodpecker
Picus canus
NL: Grijskopspecht
May 17, 2015 at the Ammersee near Pähl, Germany
Also known as Gray-faced Woodpecker
 
Falcons and Caracaras - Valkachtigen - Falconidae (Falconiformes)
Eurasian Kestrel
Falco tinnunculus
NL: Torenvalk
August 1, 2014 at Lentevreugd near Wassenaar, the Netherlands
Also known as Common Kestrel
Eurasian Hobby
Falco subbuteo
NL: Boomvalk
May 16, 2014 at Helmduinen near Wassenaar, the Netherlands
Peregrine Falcon
Falco peregrinus
NL: Slechtvalk
June 9, 2013 at the U of M Hospital in Ann Arbor, MI
 
Crows, Jays and Magpies - Kraaiachtigen - Corvidae (Passeriformes)
Eurasian Jay
Garrulus glandarius
NL: Gaai
March 27, 2012 in Interlaken, Switzerland
Eurasian Magpie
Pica pica
NL: Ekster
Long ago in the Netherlands
Yellow-billed Chough
Pyrrhocorax graculus
NL: Alpenkauw
May 31, 2009 at Jungfraujoch, Switzerland
Also known as Alpine Chough
Eurasian Jackdaw
Corvus monedula
NL: Kauw
Long ago in the Netherlands
Also known as Western Jackdaw
Rook
Corvus frugilegus
NL: Roek
December 31, 2009 at Lough Cork in Cork, Ireland
Carrion Crow
Corvus corone
NL: Zwarte Kraai
Long ago in the Netherlands
 
Larks - Leeuweriken - Alaudidae (Passeriformes)
Sky Lark
Alauda arvensis
NL: Veldleeuwerik
February 7, 2015 at Kwade Hoek, the Netherlands
Also known as Eurasian Skylark or Common Skylark
 
Swallows - Zwaluwen - Hirundinidae (Passeriformes)
Bank Swallow
Riparia riparia
NL: Oeverzwaluw
June 1, 2013 at Landfill/Wheeler SC in Ann Arbor, MI
Also known as Sand Martin
Barn Swallow
Hirundo rustica
NL: Boerenzwaluw
April 24, 2012 at Gallup Park in Ann Arbor, MI
Common House Martin
Delichon urbicum
NL: Huiszwaluw
May 10, 2014 at Ruygeborg, Nieuwkoop, the Netherlands
 
Chickadees and Tits - Mezen - Paridae (Passeriformes)
Coal Tit
Periparus ater
NL: Zwarte Mees
May 10, 2015 at the Eibsee in Grainau, Germany
Marsh Tit
Poecile palustris
NL: Glanskop
September 4, 2014 in Garching, Germany
Eurasian Blue Tit
Cyanistes caeruleus
NL: Pimpelmees
Long ago in the Netherlands
Great Tit
Parus major
NL: Koolmees
Long ago in the Netherlands
 
Penduline Tits - Buidelmezen - Remizidae (Passeriformes)
Eurasian Penduline Tit
Remiz pendulinus
NL: Buidelmees
November 8, 2014 at Ismaninger Speichersee, Bavaria, Germany
 
Long-tailed Tits - Staartmezen - Aegithalidae (Passeriformes)
Long-tailed Tit
Aegithalos caudatus
NL: Staartmees
December 18, 2013 at Libellebos, Uithoorn, the Netherlands
 
Nuthatches - Boomklevers - Sittidae (Passeriformes)
Eurasian Nuthatch
Sitta europaea
NL: Boomklever
December 19, 2013 at Libellebos, Uithoorn, the Netherlands
 
Treecreepers - Echte Boomkruipers - Certhiidae (Passeriformes)
Short-toed Treecreeper
Certhia brachydactyla
NL: Boomkruiper
December 19, 2013 at Libellebos, Uithoorn, the Netherlands
 
Wrens - Winterkoningen - Troglodytidae (Passeriformes)
Eurasian Wren
Troglodytes troglodytes
NL: Winterkoning
December 19, 2013 at Libellebos, Uithoorn, the Netherlands
Sometimes considered conspecific with Pacific and Winter Wrens
 
Dippers - Waterspreeuwen - Cinclidae (Passeriformes)
White-throated Dipper
Cinclus cinclus
NL: Waterspreeuw
January 6, 2015 at the Isar near Garching, Germany
Also known as White-fronted Dipper or European Dipper
 
Kinglets - Goudhaantjes - Regulidae (Passeriformes)
Goldcrest
Regulus regulus
NL: Goudhaan
October 2, 2014 at the Forschungszentrum, Garching, Germany
Firecrest
Regulus ignicapilla
NL: Vuurgoudhaan
September 9, 2014 in Garching, Germany
 
Leaf Warblers - Boszangers - Phylloscopidae (Passeriformes)
Willow Warbler
Phylloscopus trochilus
NL: Fitis
May 9, 2014 at Zijdelse Zomp in Uithoorn, the Netherlands
Common Chiffchaff
Phylloscopus collybita
NL: Tjiftjaf
May 6, 2014 at Nieuwe Ooster, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
 
Reed Warblers and Allies - Rietzangers - Acrocephalidae (Passeriformes)
Icterine Warbler
Hippolais icterina
NL: Spotvogel
May 17, 2015 at the Ammersee near Pähl, Germany
Eurasian Reed Warbler
Acrocephalus scirpaceus
NL: Kleine Karekiet
May 14, 2014 at Pesthuistuinen in Leiden, the Netherlands
Great Reed Warbler
Acrocephalus arundinaceus
NL: Grote Karekiet
May 25, 2015 at NSG Garchinger Heide, Eching, Germany
 
Grassbirds and Allies - Sprinkhaanzangers - Locustellidae (Passeriformes)
Common Grasshopper Warbler
Locustella naevia
NL: Sprinkhaanzanger
May 17, 2015 at the Ammersee near Pähl, Germany
 
Sylviids, Parrotbills and Allies - Zangers - Sylviidae (Passeriformes)
Eurasian Blackcap
Sylvia atricapilla
NL: Zwartkop
May 12, 2014 at Leidse Hout in Leiden, the Netherlands
Garden Warbler
Sylvia borin
NL: Tuinfluiter
May 16, 2016 at Echinger Stausee, Bavaria, Germany
Lesser Whitethroat
Sylvia curruca
NL: Braamsluiper
April 30, 2017 at Ismaninger Speichersee, Bavaria, Germany
Greater Whitethroat
Sylvia communis
NL: Grasmus
May 16, 2014 at Vogelplas Starrevaart in Leidschendam, the Netherlands
Also known as Common Whitethroat
 
Old World Flycatchers - Vliegenvangers - Muscicapidae (Passeriformes)
Spotted Flycatcher
Muscicapa striata
NL: Grauwe Vliegenvanger
May 17, 2015 at the Ammersee near Pähl, Germany
European Robin
Erithacus rubecula
NL: Roodborst
Long ago in the Netherlands
European Pied Flycatcher
Ficedula hypoleuca
NL: Bonte Vliegenvanger
September 7, 2014 in Garching, Germany
Common Redstart
Phoenicurus phoenicurus
NL: Gekraagde Roodstaart
April 21, 2016 at the Forschungszentrum, Garching, Germany
Black Redstart
Phoenicurus ochruros
NL: Zwarte Roodstaart
September 5, 2014 in Garching, Germany
Northern Wheatear
Oenanthe oenanthe
NL: Tapuit
July 23, 2013 in the Bernese Alps, Valais, Switzerland
 
Thrushes and Allies - Lijsters - Turdidae (Passeriformes)
Eurasian Blackbird
Turdus merula
NL: Merel
Long ago in the Netherlands
Also known as common blackbird
Fieldfare
Turdus pilaris
NL: Kramsvogel
October 19, 2014 in Garching, Germany
Song Thrush
Turdus philomelos
NL: Zanglijster
May 7, 2014 at Libellebos, Uithoorn, the Netherlands
Mistle Thrush
Turdus viscivorus
NL: Grote Lijster
January 25, 2015 at the Feldmochinger See, Munich, Germany
 
Starlings - Spreeuwen - Sturnidae (Passeriformes)
European Starling
Sturnus vulgaris
NL: Spreeuw
Long ago in the Netherlands
Also known as common starling
 
Accentors - Heggenmussen - Prunellidae (Passeriformes)
Dunnock
Prunella modularis
NL: Heggenmus
June 8, 2015 at Libellebos, Uithoorn, the Netherlands
 
Wagtails and Pipits - Kwikstaarten en Piepers - Motacillidae (Passeriformes)
Western Yellow Wagtail
Motacilla flava
NL: Gele Kwikstaart
May 6, 2015 at NSG Garchinger Heide, Eching, Germany
Gray Wagtail
Motacilla cinerea
NL: Grote Gele Kwikstaart
November 30, 2014 at the Isar near Neufahrn, Germany
White Wagtail
Motacilla alba
NL: Witte Kwikstaart
May 29, 2012 in Tallinn, Estonia
 
Buntings and New World Sparrows - Gorzen - Emberizidae (Passeriformes)
Yellowhammer
Emberiza citrinella
NL: Geelgors
October 3, 2014 at Landschaftspark Hachinger Tal in Unterhaching, Germany
Reed Bunting
Emberiza schoeniclus
NL: Rietgors
May 9, 2014 at Vogelplas Starrevaart in Leidschendam, the Netherlands
Corn Bunting
Emberiza calandra
NL: Grauwe Gors
May 6, 2015 at NSG Garchinger Heide, Eching, Germany
 
Siskins, Crossbills and Allies - Vinkachtigen - Fringillidae (Passeriformes)
Common Chaffinch
Fringilla coelebs
NL: Vink
March 27, 2012 in Interlaken, Switzerland
Eurasian Bullfinch
Pyrrhula pyrrhula
NL: Goudvink
March 26, 2012 at Hasliberg, Switzerland
European Greenfinch
Chloris chloris
NL: Groenling
May 7, 2014 at Libellebos, Uithoorn, the Netherlands
Eurasian Siskin
Spinus spinus
NL: Sijs
September 5, 2014 in Garching, Germany
European Goldfinch
Carduelis carduelis
NL: Putter
December 19, 2013 at Libellebos, Uithoorn, the Netherlands
Eurasian Linnet
Carduelis cannabina
NL: Kneu
May 12, 2014 at Veerpolder in Warmond, the Netherlands
Also known as Common Linnet
European Serin
Serinus serinus
NL: Europese Kanarie
July 13, 2015 at the Forschungszentrum, Garching, Germany
Hawfinch
Coccothraustes coccothraustes
NL: Appelvink
November 27, 2014 at the Forschungszentrum, Garching, Germany
 
Old World Sparrows - Mussen - Passeridae (Passeriformes)
House Sparrow
Passer domesticus
NL: Huismus
Long ago in the Netherlands
Eurasian Tree Sparrow
Passer montanus
NL: Ringmus
September 9, 2014 in Garching, Germany

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