Missed Little Tern and another boring birding day

It feels like early July here. Despite the weather is normal and not hot at all there is just a little sign of southbound migration. Actually nothing happens daily at the ringing camp. The number of ringed birds is only a fraction of the last years figures in the same period.


Mute Swan on peaceful waters in the Ferencmajor fishponds. © Gyorgy Szimuly

In the peaceful and lightly misty morning we started with a little birding as an adult Little Tern Sterna albifrons was found yesterday by camp members. We walked to the area early where it was observed but had no luck to relocate it. Little Tern is not a common bird in our region and always a pleasure to find one.

The rest of the morning we spent on the bird observation tower and watched the sky for moving birds. Any raptors or storks and not even Common Starlings are around. As there is no suitable feeding habitat for migrating waders they are just flying over the fishponds and try for another site which is not available within the next 60kms (c37 miles). This showed how critical is to have suitable stop-over sites during migration for waders as they have used to stop here for fuelling for many years. In the last 10 or more years large mudflats welcomed arriving birds but this year no ponds will be drained before mid of September due to fish production reason.

Among the few overflying waders we saw or/and heard an Eurasian Curlew, 2 Common Greenshanks, a single Green Sandpiper, a Spotted Redshank and 3 Common Sandpipers.

Birds of interest:
Little Grebe 14
Mute Swan 163
Ferruginous Pochard 1
Red-crested Pochard 6
Purple Heron 6
Black-crowned Night Heron 9
Eurasian Hobby 2
Common Kestrel 1
Eurasian Coot 350+
Common Tern 6
Common Swift 1
European Bee-eater 1


Thrush Nightingale. © Gyorgy Szimuly


Barred Warbler. © Gyorgy Szimuly

Among ringed birds three exciting species was trapped. The second Thrush Nightingale, a Barred Warbler and an Eurasian Wryneck coloured the quiet day.



Eurasian Wryneck. © Gyorgy Szimuly

By the way, two species have been added to my year list which is at 188 now.

Note: images has been taken by a Nikon CoolPix P6000 compact camera…


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