Frustratingly slow birding for the migrants

Today I had another try for observing migrants from the tower at the Ferencmajor fishponds. Weather was killer with 33˚C/91.4˚F temperature in shade. The bservation tower is an open construction so heat feel was way higher than 33˚C. 40˚C/104˚F forecasted for the weekend so better to make birding early in the morning.

As usual this time of the year I go stationary birdwatching in a hope to catch some nice migrant flock of storks or cool raptor species. This region doens’t lie along the most productive migration routes for these birds but time by time nice flocks appear. Today it was frustratingly slow and almost boring. Here are the records of the 7 hours burning birding:

White Stork 3 migrating
Black Stork 2 migrating
Western Marsh Harrier 4
Common Buzzard 3
Short-toed Snake Eagle 1
Northern Goshawk 1 ad male
Eurasian Sparrowhawk 1
Peregrine Falcon 1 juv.
Eurasian Hobby 2 juv.

I had a great view on 4 beautiful Ferruginous Pochards, an overflying Great Bittern and many Pygmy Cormorants.

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In the ringing camp a Eurasian Wryneck made funny neck spins while photographed. Taken by iPhone. © Gyorgy Szimuly

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