This sounds like an exciting topic for a blog post, right? Birds of a specific place with an unpronounceable name that you have never heard of? Well, this post is more specific than that – it is about the birds of Fliederweg 7, 27374 Visselhövede, Germany.

Which happens to be the exact address of my parents` home. For a birdwatcher, it is rather nice to be at a place where – unlike my 13th floor Shanghai apartment – there are birds right outside the house. The garden benefits from benign neglect, and a variety of bird feed is on offer.

So, what is there to see on a regular winter day? Spoiler alert: nothing too exciting for somebody familiar with European birds, but interesting enough for me …


European Robin


Common Chaffinch

Eurasian Tree Sparrow

Common Blackbird

Great Spotted Woodpecker

European Greenfinch

House Sparrow


Great Tit

Eurasian Blue Tit

Eurasian Jay. Comment of my wife: “Low key extravagance”

Eurasian Wren

Finally, this being Germany, we also have birds that look (at least a little bit) like Hitler. Fortunately not in our garden but in a park nearby …

Marsh Tit

Written by Kai Pflug
Kai Pflug has been living in Shanghai for 20 years. He only became interested in birds in China – so he is much more familiar with birds in China than with those in Germany. While he will only ever be an average birder, he aims to be a good bird photographer and has created a website with bird photos as proof. He hopes not too many clients of his consulting company read this blog, as they will doubt his dedication to providing consulting services related to China`s chemical industry. Whenever he wants to shock other birders, he tells them his (indoor) cats can distinguish several warblers by taste.