American Wigeon: the 2003th lifer

Today I picked up my kids and visited the area where a drake American Wigeon have been recorded a week ago by keen birdwatchers at Alsó-Szúnyog near Apaj in the Kiskunság National Park. At our arrival to the site we tried to find bird by our own. As the lights turned unpleasant we headed to the opposite side of the flooded meadow where other birders tried to find this rarity.

The bird was finally found by two separate birders. Unfortunately not all of us was able to relocate it based on the site description of others. I was among the lucky ones to see it for a couple of seconds with the help of David Laposa. Thanks for it. It soon disappeared in the crowd of Eurasian Wigeons and couldn’t found it again. Soon after loosing the bird an adult female Northern Goshawk chased the wildfowl providing attractive turns of the whole flock of ducks.

This was the ever first record for Hungary. For me another lifer, the 2003th.

The site was full of birds and local movements were quite intensive between the given site and adjacent habitats (fishponds). Selected bird records are listed:

Red-breasted Goose 2
Greylag Goose 800
Greater White-fronted Goose 1,200
Eurasian Wigeon 600
American Wigeon 1
Northern Shoveler 80
Northern Pintail 30
Eurasian Teal 80
Northern Goshawk 1
Eurasian Golden-Plover 600
Northern Lapwing 2,200
Eurasian Curlew 30
Common Redshank 20
Ruff 30


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