The most unpleasant birding in this season

We have been shaking by the cold westerly spell at the edge of the Old Lake this morning while talking about luxurious glassy hides in many western European nature reserves or national parks. We should develop the birding infrastructure here as birding was so nasty today and more similar days are ahead of us this winter.

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Greater White-fronted Geese. © Gyorgy Szimuly

Laci Musicz was picking me up at 6 and we drove to the eastern shore of the lake to count waterbirds as well as the wintering population of Rooks and Western Jackdaws. There is a nice increase in the number of waterbirds. Out of the Corvids about 4,300 waterbirds were counted at the lake which of there was 3,500 gulls.

Wild geese numbers are yet quite solid but more birds are gathering at the western outer lakes in the region. 2-3,000 mixed Tundra Bean Goose and White-fronted Goose flock using that area for night roosting.

List of birds seen today:

Tundra Bean-Goose Anser serrirostris 220
Greater White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons 360
Eurasian Wigeon Anas penelope 3
Mallard Anas platyrhynchos 130
Eurasian Teal Anas crecca 35
Common Goldeneye Bucephala clangula 7
Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis 3
Great Crested Grebe Podiceps cristatus 5
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo 22
Gray Heron Ardea cinerea 16
Great Egret Ardea alba 1
Eurasian Coot Fulica atra 10
Black-headed Gull Chroicocephalus ridibundus 3300
Yellow-legged Gull Larus michahellis 200
Eurasian Jackdaw Corvus monedula 100
Rook Corvus frugilegus 2000
Hooded Crow Corvus cornix 10
Mistle Thrush Turdus viscivorus 1
European Greenfinch Chloris chloris 14
Eurasian Siskin Spinus spinus 25
Eurasian Tree Sparrow Passer montanus 5

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