Almost completely frozen lake 4 days before March

After a very cold night (-13°C by early morning) the Old Lake was almost completely frozen. This reduced the number of ducks drastically. Some days ago their number raised to 2,000 while today we counted not more than a 100. Goose number was also dropped by about 3,500 birds. Light conditions was not perfect and species identification was very difficult. Furthermore most geese were sleeping on the ice. Mute Swans could not find any food and found slept on the ice.

Gulls were leaving the area continuously but a few hundred still left on the ice. Mainly Yellow-legged and Mew Gulls stayed. A few Black-headed Gull was also seen. 


Middle Spotted Woodpecker feeding. © Gyorgy Szimuly

By looking towards the lake we saw winter but spring was heard behind us at the same time. Woodpeckers drummed and chased each others around the observation tower. Loudly calling Green Woodpeckers and Great Spotted Woodpeckers broke the noise of the town. I also heard a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker drumming. Number of Hawfinches has increased and provided nice views on the surrounding trees.

Some records:

Mute Swan 5
Greylag Goose 50
Greater White-fronted Goose 2,200
Bean Goose species 5,200
Mallard 50
Eurasian Teal 30
Common Pochard 30
Common Buzzard 1
Rook 2,500
Hooded Crow 65
Western Jackdaw 30+
Green Woodpecker 2
Great Spotted Woodpecker 2
Middle Spotted Woodpecker 1
Lesser Spotted Woodpecker 1
Hawfinch 15
European Greenfinch 13


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