Gull-billed Terns showed up at the fishponds

One of our local birders sent me an SMS an hour ago about the presence of a Gull-billed Tern at the Ferencmajor fishponds. I picked up my guys and drove to the site. I have not seen this bird for a long time at the finshponds. When we arrived the bird was not found but I was sure it just feeding somewhere around.

In a few minutes I found a bird sitting on the tern island but soon found another one next to it. As I let others to see them through the spotting scope the third bird appeared in the viewfinder. They provided excellent views in the warm lights. On the island there were 39 incubating Common Terns, a single Pied Avocet and also a single Little Ringed Plover.

Other birds seen here included a few Whiskered Terns, 3 Black Terns and 51 Northern Lapwings seen by another group of people.


Pied Avocets are returning to breed here when there is a suitable habitat. © György Szimuly


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