Burning Birding


Sunrise at the Ferencmajor fisponds. © Gyorgy Szimuly

Sun was just popping up from the horizon when I arrived the bird ringing camp today. Members of the camp were just waking up as so the birds. My target was to watch the sky for migrating storks and raptors in that perfect weather.


Common Whitethroat ringed for the first time for this fall season. © Gyorgy Szimuly

The misty morning was really nice and produced some good birds ringed and seen. Another Thrush Nightingale was ringed and I found another unringed bird in the Black Elder bushes via the spotting scope. A beautiful male Barred Warbler was moving around the mist nets. Watching an unusually large flock of European Golden Oriole was a nice surprise. 19 birds were counted in the first 3 hours of my birding! I am not I have ever seen so much golden orioles together (16 in a flock).


Black Elder bush habitat where mist net network has located. © Gyorgy Szimuly

Temperature soon rose over 32 °C (89.6 °F) which presumed to be good for soaring raptors or storks. Migration is still light and birding is slow but today birding was really productive. I spent all day on the observation tower with a spotting scope under the burning sun. It was a real challenge to watch birds but was worth.

The highlight of the day was definitely the appearance of two Long-legged Buzzards which is very rare west of the Danube river. It breeds in Eastern Hungary only. Last records in our region was also from August in 1995. Birds were moving together with another Common Buzzard. They spent just a little time over the camp and disappeared to western direction making other birders unhappy.

Raptor movement were quite nice for this area. The best moment was a small flock of raptors soaring just above us including an adult Western Osprey, a White-tailed Eagle and 9 Common Buzzards.

Other birds of interest:

Little Egret 1
Black Stork 1
White Stork 3 ads
Western Osprey 1 ad.
European Honey Buzzard 1
White-tailed Eagle 2 juv.
Western Marsh Harrier 2
European Sparrowhawk 2
Common Buzzard 14
Long-legged Buzzard 2
Common Kestrel 2
Eurasian Hobby 2
Peregrine Falcon 1 juv.
Common Snipe 4
Spotted Redshank 1
Green Sandpiper 1
Ruff 5
Common Swift 2
European Bee-eater 19
Green Woodpecker 1
Barred Warbler 1
Thrush Nightingale 2

Year list is at 192. 


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