Increasing wild geese numbers at the fishponds

Just shortly after midday I drove to the Ferencmajor fishponds to find the last shorebirds in this season. Despite suitable feeding habitats are available just a single overflying Wood Sandpiper was heard and seen. It was quite disappointing but on the other hand it was nice to see the increasing number of wintering geese which group is normally replacing the shorebirds on the local migration timeline.


Grey Heron was less abundant than the Western Great Egret. This is not usual here. Western Great Egret number has increased drastically compared to my previous visit about 10 days ago when I counted about 60 birds.

Full list and numbers of species seen (49) (of eBird report) during my 3 hours long birding:

Taiga Bean-Goose Anser fabalis 120
Tundra Bean-Goose Anser serrirostris 80
Greater White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons 89
Graylag Goose Anser anser 183
Mute Swan Cygnus olor 73
Gadwall Anas strepera 11
Mallard Anas platyrhynchos 92
Northern Pintail Anas acuta 2
Red-crested Pochard Netta rufina 4
Common Pochard Aythya ferina 205
Ferruginous Pochard Aythya nyroca 7
Tufted Duck Aythya fuligula 27
Ring-necked Pheasant Phasianus colchicus 1
Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis 22
Great Crested Grebe Podiceps cristatus 77
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo 2
Gray Heron Ardea cinerea 115
Western Great Egret Ardea alba 227
Little Egret Egretta garzetta 5
White-tailed Eagle Haliaeetus albicilla 1
Eurasian Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus 1
Common Buzzard Buteo buteo 2
Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus 1
Eurasian Coot Fulica atra 660
Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola 1
Black-headed Gull Chroicocephalus ridibundus 855
Mew Gull Larus canus 1
Yellow-legged Gull Larus michahellis 8
Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis 2
Green Woodpecker Picus viridis 1
Eurasian Jay Garrulus glandarius 2
Eurasian Magpie Pica pica 20
Eurasian Jackdaw Corvus monedula 35
Rook Corvus frugilegus 200
Hooded Crow Corvus cornix 40
Bearded Reedling Panurus biarmicus 16
Marsh Tit Poecile palustris 1
Great Tit Parus major 4
Eurasian Blue Tit Cyanistes caeruleus 10
Eurasian Penduline-Tit Remiz pendulinus 3
Long-tailed Tit Aegithalos caudatus 4
Willow Warbler Phylloscopus trochilus 1
Common Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita 3
European Robin Erithacus rubecula 5
Stonechat Saxicola torquatus 1
European Starling Sturnus vulgaris 98
White Wagtail Motacilla alba alba 2
Reed Bunting Emberiza schoeniclus 2
Eurasian Tree Sparrow Passer montanus 28


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