Bird migration is on

I spent the all morning at the bird ringing amp which has been running for more than a week now. The temperature was quite chilling in the morning with a maximum of 12°C. Later in the morning very strong wind determined the success of trapping birds.


Trapped and ringed Little Bittern. © Gyorgy Szimuly


Ringing of a juvenile Song Thrush. © Gyorgy Szimuly

As usual I was moving up to the brand new bird hide where there is a good visibility to the fishponds even up to the hills. During about two hours spent in the hide I saw some bird species as follows:

White Stork 10 migrating
Black Stork 2 migrating
Pygmy Cormorant 32
White-tailed Eagle 1 ad
Common Buzzard 4
Western Marsh Harrier 1 juv.
Common Kestrel 2
Eurasian Hobby 2
Black-tailed Godwit 1 overflying
Common Greenshank 1 overflying
European Bee-eater 20


White Stork flocks are appearing for their southbound migration. © Gyorgy Szimuly

I also visited the tern island for shorebirds but found only a few a birds:

Common Ringed Plover 1
Little Ringed Plover 3
Common Sandpiper 4
Dunlin 1
Common Tern 30
Black Tern 2


Common Ringed Plover is a regular migrant in low numbers. © Gyorgy Szimuly

Late in the morning we managed to catch 8 Mute Swans which were moving out from the water and crossed the roads in front of my car. One of the bird was ringed in Slovakia. Catching result was quite nice in the morning with a nice number of Eurasian Blackcap.


One of the Mute Swans before being ringed. © Gyorgy Szimuly


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