A mix of migrating and territorial birds

It was the warmest day of the spring. Awesome lights and lovely 17°C made the morning birding really enjoyable. Earlier I was informed about a larger Northern Lapwing flock including some nice European Golden Plovers next to the adjacent village so we drove there to see them. Unfortunately no Golden Plover was found but we saw some nice waders on a temporarily (now it seems to be permanent) flooded agricultural field.


Flooded agricultural field is turning into permanent marsh area. © Gyorgy Szimuly

Our county is having one of lowest wader density regarding breeding populations. Only a few site is suitable for breeding for a few species. On this site I counted several Northern Lapwings (14) and some of them already displayed in flight. A Ruff, 4 Common Snipe and a single Green Sandpiper were also seen. Greylag Geese (8) and many Mute Swan (18) fed on the adjacent field. A distant call of a migrating Common Redshank was also heard.


Green Sandpiper. © Gyorgy Szimuly


The flooded area was divided by an alley. © Gyorgy Szimuly

Ferencmajor fishponds was also visited. Since no pond has been drained yet no shorebird was found on the grounds. Four Common Redshanks however crossed the area. We saw the first Garganeys and some very nice Red-crested Pochards. An immature White-tailed Eagle was in action for Eurasian Coots on pond 2 but soon was chased away by Mew Gulls and Black-headed Gulls.


Common Redshank occurring in small numbers during spring. © Gyorgy Szimuly

180 Greylag Geese, 1,300 Greater White-fronted Geese and about 150 Tundra Bean Goose were landing on pond 4 for drinking. Greylag Geese pairs were quite territorial. Some additions to year list include Bearded Reedling, Penduline Tit and Common Chiffchaff. Common Reed Buntings were starting to sing everywhere bringing life to the pale coloured reedbeds.

From the fishponds we headed to mountains just for enjoying the landscape. Nothing special was seen. Circling Common Buzzards a Rough-legged Buzzard and many songbirds including a Common Goldcrest was seen. We saw the first butterfiles and very late blooming Snowdrops.


Nice stream valley in the Gerecse mountain. © Gyorgy Szimuly


A month late blooming of Snowdrops. © Gyorgy Szimuly


2 thoughts on “A mix of migrating and territorial birds

  1. Yes, somehow nature is in delay this year. Snowdrops are blooming in February, normally. Birds wise it is also a bit late. First swallows and storks have just been seen.

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