Birding in snow storm

This morning I went out with my friend, Laci, to the lake to count geese remained at the lake. The snow had been falling heavily for 18 hours and by the morning the wind turned stormy made our birding really unpleasant. The most of the lake is frozen and only a part of it free of ice where about 12,000 geese was roosting during the night.


Greater White-fronted Geese in snow storm. © Gyorgy Szimuly

When the larger part of the geese took off I could spot a Red-breasted Goose while landing. Among the sleeping geese I found a non sleeping Lesser White-fronted Goose what Laci could also see. We could not estimate the ratio between Bean Geese and Greater White-fronted Geese but was more White-fronted at the lake.

In the coming days temperature will rise again which will result larger open water. This can bring the number geese up till the end of the year when there will be a heavy decrease due to the fireworks of the New Year’s Eve. That is not tolerated by birds.

At home I had some window birding where I found the first Redwings for this winter season. 4 birds were flying just by our house.


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