We spent another freezy morning in the Old Lake observation tower to count geese before they are chased away by the New Year’s Eve exploding petards and fireworks. We were lucky in terms of the numbers. Laci, the well experienced goose counter counted more than 32,000 geese. This was the highest number counted in this well monitored season.
Sadly the visibility was decreasing after sunrise by descending fog making it impossible to find any raritiy.
Bohemian Waxwing is a scarce winter visitor in our region. © Gyorgy Szimuly
In the meantime Fieldfares landed on the trees around the tower. While I was spotting the Swarovski scope on a lovely Redwing suddenly a Bohemian Waxwing landed on the same branch. This was the first Waxwing record of the season from Tata but I neither found any record from Hungary based on the Hungarian birding site, the birding.hu.
While we were watching the geese another local birder informed us about 6 flying and calling Whooper Swans just abour 8 kms from us. The birds were heading towards Tata but finally they did not land on the Old Lake.
Mute Swan 8
Great Cormorant 30
Greater White-fronted Goose 29,000
Tundra Bean Goose 300
Greylag Goose 100
Eurasian Teal 10
Common Pochard 1
Eurasian Coot 3
Yellow-legged Gull 50
Black-headed Gull 150
Mew Gull 90
Black Woodpecker 1 heard
Great Spotted Woodpecker 1 heard
Bohemian Waxwing 1
Long-tailed Tit 8
European Robin 1
White Wagtail 1
This was the last birding activity in 2010 from my side. Thank you for following my blog and I just hope you enjoyed it reading as I did writing it.
I wish all of my readers and friends an eventful birdy New Year with joy and happiness.
Love and be loved!