We found the small yellow-bellied toads in the Keltern Forest for the first time this year. Originally, this species was a typical inhabitant of stream and floodplain landscapes, but today it usually prefers replacement habitats on clayey ground, such as tractor tracks, puddles and small water ditches. Usually these habitats are low in vegetation and free of competing species and predators. Rapid warming of the waters ensures rapid development of spawn and larvae.
End of May we have been at the 'Kaiserstuhl', we have experienced again a lot of new and interesting things. Special impression have made the many poppy-flowers, which seem to have enjoyed the rain during the last weeks.
For the first time this spring, starlings are breeding in one of our nest boxes. The young are already quite loud, possibly they will fly out in the next few days. The blackbirds seem to have already left their nests, the great tits and blue tits are still feeding intensively and, due to the rather low temperatures, are still hibernating a lot. You can observe the events live via our nest box cameras here on our homepage under the heading "Tit webcams".
We found pasqueflowers (Pulsatilla vulgaris) not only along the river Enz on the Kammertenberg, but also in our garden these early bloomers feel at home. They are a favorite landing place for many insects. Bees and bumblebees enjoy the beautiful flowers, as they are rich in pollen and nectar.
In February the White-throated dippers were very active at the river Alb in Bad Herrenalb, at least 3 were busy building their nests, maybe this year we will manage to find the young birds.
Corona still has us in its grip and somehow all is different this winter. Unusually much snow and ice also reached our region, in between there were some opportunities to enjoy the white splendor in January. The photo was taken on the 'Sommerberg' in Bad Wildbad.