We are travelling between Berlin and Rome this September with stops in Dresden and Prague. Lots of interesting birding with new birds to add to our list of birds seen. What I find most interesting for my self is not so much the new birds we have seen but the ones that are familiar but not quite the same as familar species at home. I find a special thrill in looking at the gray and black crows in Berlin and Rome. They behave like crows at home, have the same comfortable relationship with city dwellers as at home, yet are a new bird to observe. The chickadees are so familar yet different in immediately noticeable ways at the same time. While eating dinner outside tonight on our friends patio south of Berlin I heard a familiar but different harsh croak of a heron flying overhead but was not quick enough to identify our evening visitor. Tommorrow we head to Spreewald south of Berlin to visit this world heritage site, the home of Sorbish people for many centuries. The area is also known for its Stork populations. They finished breeding much earlier in the season but we are looking forward to seeing many stork nests.