Until a few years ago the great white
egret was an extremely rare visitor in Salzburg. But
populations in eastern Europe have been increasing steadily
for some time, with the result that these lovely white
herons are now regularly seen here. Their nearest breeding
ground – the only one in Austria – is around
the Neusiedlersee. In the winter months it is often
possible to see up to 20 great white egrets in the Weidmoos.
Hen harriers breed in large areas
of open moorland. They have become very rare in central
Europe. The hen harriers which breed in northern Europe
move in autumn to more southerly wintering grounds.
In late winter hen harriers can often be seen in the
The great grey shrike, being
nearly the size of a blackbird, is the largest of the
shrikes. It used to be relatively common, but intensified
farming has driven it out of many areas. Unlike other
shrikes, it is a partial migrant – only the birds
from the more northerly breeding grounds fly south in
winter, while others overwinter in their breeding places.
In winter a few individuals arrive in the Weidmoos (from
October) to overwinter here.
> Complete list of all birds
recorded in the Weidmoos.