I made a short visit to the Ferencmajor fishponds with Dani to count the actual number of breeding birds on the only tern island. Wind was too strong for any other birds to find but the island was clearly visible which is inhabited mainly by breeding Common Terns.
In my previous post I reported 39 occupied nests plus 5 pairs already having chicks. Today I counted 57 occupied nests including the chicks grouping by clutches. Their number is still increasing as the conditions on the island is quite ideal. Plants has not started to grow high and obviously the Greylag Geese feed on the grass emerging from the bare and dried muddy ground.
The single Pied Avocet pair has hatched 3 adorable downy chicks in the Common Tern colony. © György Szimuly
Today we saw the first Pied Avocet chicks which most probably have just hatched. It was funny to see them walking in strong wind. On the island a pair of Little Ringed Plover is breeding but an additional adult bird has been continuously observed.
Three gorgeous breeding plumaged Spotted Redshanks and 5 Gargeneys were also present on the island.