Dani and me decided to stay in bed longer and have a pre-lunch walk to the close park which is normally a very good place for wintering songbirds. In the past few days I saw several large flocks of Fieldfares around the town.
The park was, as expected, full of Fieldfares feeding on the berries of Common hackberry. There were about 800 birds in the park alone but I am sure more birds were flocking around the Old Lake where food was widely available. I was hoping to show Dani all the possible thrush species during the one and half an hour long walk. We did it. Fieldfares (800), Eurasian Blackbirds (25), Mistle Thrushes (4), a single Song Thrush (1) and a Redwing were recorded.
Song Thrush regularly overwintering in the park. © Gyorgy Szimuly
Eurasian Blackbird is a common resident both during winter and summer. © Gyorgy Szimuly
Other birds seen was Eurasian Sparrowhawk (2), Middle Spotted Woodpecker (1 heard), Eurasian Nuthatch (5), Great Tit (20), European Robin (2), Common Blackcap (4), Hawfinch (1), Common Chaffinch (6), European Greenfinch (4) and Eurasian Tree Sparrow (2).
The Great Tit population has obviously crashed due to bad spring weather. © Gyorgy Szimuly
European Greenfinch was not so abundant in the park. © Gyorgy Szimuly