The Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) Did you know…… For a long time, swallows were believed to hibernate in holes in the ground or underwater, withdrawn in some kind of torpid state. Nowadays we know they migrate to warmer countries during wintertime.
Formerly, our winters used to be constructed with care. Some freezing, some thawing. As soon as you had finally dusted your ice skates and dug up your mittens, thaw had already set in. The first ice scraping from your car window, a hopeful little snowman and some modest ski-fever, interspersed with a daunting little thaw […]
The Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) Did you know…… Mute swans often mate for life as a monogamous couple. They even raise the cygnets as a pair. Mute swans often use the same nest each year, restoring it if neceassairy.
European Rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus) Did you know…… Male rabbits fight each other for the females. They can be very aggressive and competitors are often badly injured or even killed! Looks can be deceiving, isn’t it?!
The European Tree Frog (Hyla Arbora) Did you know…… Tree frogs are wonderful barometers. Before a rain shower, they start croaking. So if you hear the tree frogs, you better unfold your umbrella!