New birding year list opens

New Year’s Eve party was served in our bedroom so it was relatively easy crawling out the bed and packing for birding on the first day of 2011. The plan was to visit the forests around the Old Lake and see what we can add to the year list during a single morning. The forest was quite birdy and quantity was delivered by the large flocks of Fieldfares.



Images of the Altal River which feeds the Old Lake. © Gyorgy Szimuly


Dani was enjoying the view of a a beautiful Black Woodpecker through the Swarovski HD 80 spotting scope. It provided a brilliant image. © Gyorgy Szimuly

We listed 42 different species which was much more than what we saw on 1st of January 2010. I have seen 20% of the species I saw in the whole last year in Hungary.


White Wagtail is overwintering in mild winters. This winter is quite severe making this record interesting. © Gyorgy Szimuly

Complete bird list from today:

Tundra Bean Goose 80
Greater White-fronted Goose 240
Mute Swan 8
Mallard 250
Northern Pintail 1
Eurasian Teal 8
Common Pochard 12
Common Goldeneye 1
Pygmy Cormorant 1
Great Cormorant 15
Eurasian Sparrowhawk 3
Northern Goshawk 1
Common Buzzard 3
Eurasian Coot 10
Yellow-legged Gull 13
Eurasian Collared Dove 1
Common Kingfisher 1 (heard only)
Middle Spotted Woodpecker 2
Great Spotted Woodpecker 1
Black Woodpecker 2
Hooded Crow 10
Willow Tit 3
Great Tit 25
Eurasian Blue Tit 4
Long-tailed Tit 24
Goldcrest 1
Winter Wren 2
Eurasian Nuthatch 2
Common Blackbird 10
Fieldfare 250
Redwing 1
Mistle Thrush 16
European Robin 2
House Sparrow 4
Eurasian Tree Sparrow 1
Dunnock 2
White Wagtail 1
Common Chaffinch 4
European Greenfinch 8
Eurasian Siskin 60
Eurasian Bullfinch 9
Hawfinch 5


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