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en Common kestrel
Falco tinnunculus is a bird of prey species belonging to the kestrel group of the falcon family Falconidae. It is widespread in Europe, Asia, and Africa, as well as occasionally reaching the east coast of North America. They are small compared with other birds of prey, but larger than most songbirds. Like the other Falco species, they have long wings as well as a distinctive long tail.
In the cool-temperate parts of its range, the common kestrel migrates south in winter; otherwise it is sedentary, though juveniles may wander around in search for a good place to settle down as they become mature. It is a diurnal animal of the lowlands and prefers open habitat such as fields, heaths, shrubland and marshland. It does not require woodland to be present as long as there are alternative perching and nesting sites like rocks or buildings. The common kestrel readily adapts to human settlement, as long as sufficient swathes of vegetation are available, and may even be found in wetlands, moorlands and arid savanna.
When hunting, the common kestrel characteristically hovers about 10–20 m above the ground, searching for prey, either by flying into the wind or by soaring using ridge lift. This species is able to see near ultraviolet light, allowing the birds to detect the urine trails around rodent burrows as they shine in an ultraviolet colour in the sunlight.
F. tinnunculus requires the equivalent of 4–8 voles a day, depending on energy expenditure. They have been known to catch several voles in succession and cache some for later consumption. An individual nestling consumes on average 3–4 voles per day. (source: Wikipedia)
en European starling
en Hairy violet
de Raues Veilchen
Viola hirta is a species of the plant genus Viola. It is confined to the cold temperate zone, in Europe, north and west Asia, extending as far as northwest India. The hairy violet is found on dry banks, and in woods, preferring drier conditions. (source: Wikipedia)
de Hohe Schlüsselblume
The oxlip is a species of flowering plant in the family Primulaceae, native to nutrient-poor and calcium-rich damp woods and meadows throughout Europe, with northern borders in Denmark and southern parts of Sweden, eastwards to the Altai Mountains and on the Kola Peninsula in Russia. (source: Wikipedia)
Coltsfoot is a plant in the groundsel tribe in the daisy family Asteraceae, native to Europe and parts of western and central Asia. The name “tussilago” is derived from the Latin tussis, meaning cough, and ago, meaning to cast or to act on.
It is a perennial herbaceous plant that spreads by seeds and rhizomes. Tussilago is often found in colonies of dozens of plants. The flowers, which superficially resemble dandelions, open on leafless stems in early spring before the leaves appear. The leaves, which resemble a colt’s foot in outline appear after the flowers have set seed and wither and die in the early summer.
Coltsfoot has been traditionally used in herbal medicine and consumed as food with some confectionery products, such as Coltsfoot Rock. Tussilago farfara leaves have been used in the traditional Austrian medicine internally (as tea or syrup) or externally (directly applied) for treatment of disorders of the respiratory tract, skin, locomotor system, viral infections, flu, colds, fever, rheumatism and gout.
Tussilago farfara contains tumorigenic pyrrolizidine alkaloids. There are documented cases of coltsfoot tea causing severe liver problems in an infant, and in another case, an infant developed liver disease and died because the mother drank tea containing coltsfoot during her pregnancy. In response the German government banned the sale of coltsfoot. Clonal plants of colstfoot free of pyrrolizidine alkaloids were then developed in Austria and Germany, resulting in the registered variety Tussilago farfara ‘Wien’ which has no detectable levels of these alkaloids. (source: Wikipedia)