Spring arrivals’ day

Today I visited our wetlands with my birding mate, Peter Szeimann. The spring migration is well under way. On a regional level we produced a nice birding list. Some bird species seen/heard for the first time are as follows: Eurasian Hobby, Common Sandpiper, Common Tern, White-winged Tern, Great Reed-Warbler, Tawny Pipit, Icterine Warbler, Common Nightingale. Families of Greylag Goose seen at some ponds at the Ferencmajor fishonds. On our way in between the fishponds I found a cooperative Whinchat which allowed me to take a series of images presented here.


Whinchat. © Gyorgy Szimuly

Some records of local importance (Ferencmajor fishponds):

Eared Grebe 2
Pygmy Cormorant min. 4
Ferruginuos Duck 8 (Grébics fishponds)
Black Stork 4
Short-toed Eagle 1
Eurasian Hobby 1
Pied Avocet 26
Northern Lawing 12
Little Ringed Plover 6
Common Redshank 6
Common Greenshank 15
Wood Sandpiper  60
Spotted Redshank 40
Common Sandpiper 1
Eurasian Curlew 1
Ruff 340
Common Tern 2
Black Tern 15
White-winged Tern 25
Tawny Pipit 1 (Grébics-puszta)
Icterine Warbler 1 (Asszony lake)


Record number of Whimbrels?

I birded at the fishponds in a beautiful weather at the drained ponds and the lake #5 which resulted some interesting records as follows:

Greater White-fronted Goose 1
Black Stork 3
Eurasian Spoonbill 2
Little Ringed Plover 8
Northern Lapwing 30
Ruff 25
Eurasian Curlew 2
Whimbrel 14
Common Redshank 6
Common Greenshank 23
Marsh Sandpiper 2
Spotted Redshank 35
Wood Sandpiper 2
Green Sandpiper 18
Dunlin 16


I suspect that this flock is the largest group of Whimbrel ever recorded at the Ferencmajor fishponds. © Gyorgy Szimuly

Siberian Chiffchaff at Csepel, Budapest

A week ago Szabolcs Kókay found a strange Common Chiffchaff at Tamariska-domb, Csepel, south of Budapest. The bird was spotted by its unusual call and identified as a Siberian Chiffchaff, the ‘tristis’ race of Common Chiffchaff. Today I visited the site with Szabi and his brother Bence in a hope to find the bird. The bushy area was full of small warblers where we saw Common Chiffchaffs, Willow Warblers and a few Blackcaps.


Siberian Chiffchaff in southern Budapest. © Gyorgy Szimuly

We finally saw the bird and I tried to take some images of the continuously moving bird but only a few shot proved to be useable. Thanks Szabi for your time!


More shorebirds at the fishponds

Again I made a short visit to my local path. Nothing really changed compared to my previous birding days. Intensive warming forecasted in the next couple of days so migration will develop which was obvious today in the number and composition of shorebird flocks.


Common Redhsank. © Gyorgy Szimuly

Some records:

Eurasian Spoonbill 2
Black Stork 6
Peregrine Falcon 1 imm. female
Pied Avocet 2
Northern Lapwing 3
Little Ringed Plover 6
Eurasian Curlew 4
Whimbrel 1
Black-tailed Godwit 2
Common Redshank 12
Green Sandpiper 12
Ruff 55
Common Greenshank 23
Spotted Redshank 6
Dunlin 28

I observed a not really tender mating of Mute Swans. The female was marked with a yellow plastic neck-ring with a code 98JA.


Birding with my kids

After watching the Sony Ericsson Open Tennis Championship from Miami on TV during the night it was a hard to wake up at the agreed time. As my children were waiting for me I had to do it anyway. We had a short tour to the known birding site in pleasant but windy weather. The lake  #10 is under draining and its water volume is flowing into the lake #11. The lake #2 is under fishing which means the pond will be filled out during next weeks.


Green Sandpiper migration is quite strong this spring. © Gyorgy Szimuly

Some selected records:

Eurasian Spoonbill 2
Black Stork 1
Black-winged Stilt 6
Pied Avocet 6
Little Ringed Plover 14
Northern Lapwing 6
Common Redshank 3
Green Sandpiper 13
Black-tailed Godwit 6
Ruff 4
Dunlin 5