Eurasian Oystercatcher arrived by the storm

This afternoon I went out to the fishpods with my local birding buddy and checked the drained pond. Last night we had a powerful but short storm and all night long rain. We hoped to find some nice birds as a result of the storm.

We started birdwatching in light pouring rain which stopped during our presence.


Pond 4 of Ferencmajor fishponds when it was started to be drained a few days ago. © Gyorgy Szimuly

Map of Ferencmajor fishponds, Naszály, Hungary. © Gyorgy Szimuly

Shorebird numbers were increasing considerably and some nice uncommon visitor was found. When a Western Marsh Harrier was patroling over the mudflat all the birds were blasting off including a juvenile Eurasian Oystercatcher. We found a Grey Plover in full perfect breeding plumage. In general we feel that the migration is in a bit delay.


Eurasian Oystercatcher was seen in August 2007 for the last time. It is considered to be a local rarity. © Gyorgy Szimuly

Here is the list of interesting birds:

Pygmy Cormorant 47
Little Egret 1
Black-crowned Night Heron 3
Western Marsh Harrier 1
Eurasian Hobby 1
Eurasian Oystercatcher 1 juv
Northern Lapwing 1
Grey Plover 1 ad
Common Ringed Plover 6
Common Snipe 40
Spotted Redshank 79
Common Greenshank 5
Wood Sandpiper 4
Green Sandpiper 11
Little Stint 14
Temminck’s Stint 1
Dunlin 58
Curlew Sandpiper 4
Ruff 20
Barn Swallow 20


Curlew Sandpiper is a regular migrant in decreasing numbers. © Gyorgy Szimuly


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