Missed local rarity

This morning I got a call about the presence of an Eurasian Oystercatcher at the Ferencmajor fishponds. I could not react fast enough but visited our local hotspot in early afternoon. Usually the pond 2 is drained first in spring providing an important food source for migrating birds.

We had a very short time to visit the pond so, as usual, I concentrated on counting feeding waders as this week-end is for international shorebird counts. Over the ponds some nice raptors were circling. Within 30 minutes we saw Common Buzzards, Western Marsh Harriers and an immature White-tailed Eagle.


Eastern European race of Eurasian Oystercatcher is a irregular vagrant in our area. © Gyorgy Szimuly

Unfortunately the Eurasian Oysterctacher was no longer present on the pond 2 but we saw some first for 2011.


Common Redshank migrates in good numbers in spring in our area. © Gyorgy Szimuly


White-tailed Eagle 1 imm
Eurasian Oystercatcher 1 (seen by other birder)
Pied Avocet 2
Northern Lapwing 125
Little Ringed Plover 2
Common Snipe 12
Common Redshank 14
Green Sandpiper 2
Dunlin 8
Ruff 47

Also we saw the first Willow Warbler for this year. Year list jumped to 130 species (Hungary only).


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