LBV Erding: Looking for a new domicile for city storks
Created: 12/13/2022, 3:00 p.m
By: Bernd Heinzinger
Flanked the honoree: The LBV board thanked Josef Holmburger (3rd from left) for 30 years of loyalty (from left): speaker Ivor Cowlrick, Brigitte Blume, Uschi Schmidt-Hoensdorf, Caroline Brand, Evelyn Ertel and Dieter Beckert.
© Bernd Heinzinger
The district group Erding of the state association for bird protection accompanies the resettlement of the city storks in Erding and looks back on an eventful year.
Erding – An intensive year lies behind the members of the Erding district group in the State Association for Bird Protection (LBV).
With many campaigns they made sure that the feathered animals found an even better home in the district.
At the annual general meeting, Chairwoman Uschi Schmidt-Hoensdorf reported on some of the activities.
The bird year really began in February, when an impressive number of swallows appeared at the Eittinger Tümpel.
A little later, the Kronthaler Weiher was settled by several hundred geese: "There was an exceptionally high number there," said the LBV district chairwoman.
The two Erdinger city storks also returned to their location on the mobile phone mast in the Bräuhaus district.
A resettlement is still pending because the storks there disturb the performance of the mast (we reported).
However, no solution has yet been found, reported Schmidt-Hoensdorf: "We are still looking for a new place."
The members showed great diligence in cleaning or repairing the more than 600 nesting boxes or developing a natural garden near Buch am Buchrain.
Feathered patients kept coming to the wild bird sanctuary.
There they are in the fortunate position of having two veterinarians on hand.
Clumped rubber bands were found in the stomachs of some storks.
The animals confuse the tapes with worms when eating: "They then starve to death with a full stomach at some point," explained the LBV chairwoman.
At the beginning of September, two specimens were released: "They flew away immediately, that was a nice thing."
The Erdinger Stadtturm is an exciting story.
There is an inhabited falcon nest box there, and the peregrine falcon keeps the pigeons in the city at bay.
There is even a hole at the top of the tower to watch the brood.
"Unfortunately, a camera was not allowed because of the risk of fire," Schmidt-Hoensdorf regretted.
Some members in the district also went looking for bats.
A total of 56 roost excursion counts took place, three new roosts could be found, explained Brigitte Blume from the bat working group.
Homeowners made a strong showing at the annual “Bird-Friendly Garden” campaign.
A jury evaluates the suitability according to defined criteria, in the district 53 gardens were awarded.
"This puts us in a strong third place in Bavaria," the chairwoman said happily.
On the other hand, there was trouble with the municipality of Isen.
The LBV set up new swift incubators at the school: “Unfortunately, the municipality did not want to contribute to the costs.
We've never had that before," said Schmidt-Hoensdorf, visibly angry: "Fortunately we were able to find two more sponsors, otherwise it would have been difficult for us."
Honors were on the program before Ivor Cowlrick started his travelogue about the bird world of Ethiopia.
Elisabeth Scicluna, Walter Graßer, Stefanie Schiessmann (all 10 years), Hans-Dieter Dresander, Gerhard Wilke, Gabi Zierz, Martin Stockl, Elke Kaspari-Wischnewsky, Gislinde Wohlrab, Margaretha Loipfinger, Roman Donbek, Susanne Gnann- Pohle (all 20 years), Josef Holmburger, Theresia Maier, Jürgen Marz, Jutta Siebert, Michael Eibl and Heidrun Simon (all 30 years).