I had again a day long bird survey in the middle of the country for a industrial project with my friend, Laci. Weather was moderate and sunny and there were sign of spring almost everywhere.
In the Kiskunság National Park we saw moving Northern Lapwings. That is a real sign of the end of hard winter times. No Ruff have been recorded so far but I think it is only a matter of a few more warm days. About a hundred Black-headed Gulls, 25 Mew Gulls and a few Yellow-legged Gulls were also counted. It was nice to hear and see migrating Eurasian Skylarks as well. Near Apaj an immature White-tailed Eagle was frightening a few hundred Greater White-fronted Geese and Greylag Geese.
West to the Danube River, in Dinnyés grasslands (puszta) we found a large flock of Common Starlings and Fieldfares feeding on the wet ground. There were 26 Northern Lapwings among them. While nights could be frosty for the coming days, I think Lapwings will continue the migration and closing their northern European breeding grounds as well.
Today was also a special day as we’ve been celebrating the 2nd birthday of my little daughter. Kea was so sweet when getting her birthday cake. Happy BirthDay Kea!