Chilling Pygmy Cormorant counting

Brutal! This is how I could describe the weather of this afternoon. I tried to cover the whole afternoon with Dani with counting the overflying Pygmy Cormorants. Despite we spent 1.5 hour more at the lake than yesterday, the number of Pygmy Cormorants have decreased since yesterday. Some birds might have stayed at their feeding sites (the reedbeds of fishponds) due to the very bad weather. We might organize synchronised counts involving other local birders.

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Mallard. © Gyorgy Szimuly

Birds of interest include an adult White-tailed Eagle and a female Northern Harrier.

Other records:
Great Crested Grebe 9
Grey Heron 1
Great Cormorant 6
Pygmy Cormorant 144
Greater White-fronted Goose 16
Tundra Bean Goose 1
Mallard 40
Common Pochard 85
Tufted Duck 20
Common Goldeneye 45
Eurasian Coot 18
Yellow-legged Gull 18
Black-headed Gull 140
Common Wood Pigeon 4
Black Redstart 1 

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White Wagtails showing migration. Several birds were seen along the sandy beaches of the lake. © Gyorgy Szimuly

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The weather as it was today at the Old Lake. Taken by an iPhone. © Gyorgy Szimuly

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