Long time seen shorebird galore

I have spent a bit more time in the field as usual for the last couple of days. September is no longer an easy month for me but birding somehow sets me free of worries and sadness.

The fishponds are a good escape point from daily stupidity. One of the largest ponds are under drainage and nice mudflat is available for the migrating birds, mainly shorebirds. Compared to the previous years we found a relatively nice numbers of shorebirds.

I was lazy to write daily posts so I combine here two days birding results.

On the afternoon of 22 September I found an adult Western Osprey crossing the fishponds without stopping while counting shorebirds. 10 minutes later another juvenile bird was coming from the very same direction and also flew over the waters without stopping. A young local birder found a Red-necked Phalarope which I could not find again. This was the 2nd dipped Red-necked Phalarope in a row in this area…

22 September

Little Egret 2
Western Osprey 1 ad. + 1 juv.
Northern Lapwing 78
Common Ringed Plover 3
Eurasian Curlew 2
Common Snipe 61
Spotted Redshank 56
Common Greenshank 4
Green Sandpiper 8
Wood Sandpiper 4
Sanderling 1 juv.
Dunlin 55
Little Stint 12
Curlew Sandpiper 6
Ruff 14 


Dunlins are stopping by regularly in low numbers. © Gyorgy Szimuly

Numbers of shorebirds (and other notable species) counted on 23 September.

Little Egret 4
Eurasian Hobby 1
Northern Lapwing 95
Common Ringed Plover 9
Little Ringed Plover 1
Grey Plover 3
Eurasian Curlew 2
Spotted Redshank 53
Common Greenshank 5
Green Sandpiper 5
Wood Sandpiper 3
Sanderling 1 juv.
Little Stint 8
Temminck’s Stint 1
Dunlin 45
Curlew Sandpiper 8
Ruff 18
Common Redstart 1 juv.


Northern Lapwing numbers increased slightly since the 22nd of September. © György Szimuly

This weekend was also for ringing songbirds on the same location where we organise our summer ringing camp. The target was to see what we can catch in the second half of September when, normally, there is no ringing activity. More than 120 m long mistnet line produced quite nice numbers. On 23rd we ringed over 160 individuals while on 24th it was over 180. Majority of the ringed species were European Robins and European Blackcaps but some nice species was also trapped like Common and Black Redstart.


European Robin migration is at its peak. © György Szimuly


Common Grashopper Warbler is a regular migrant and breeding species in the area in quite low numbers. © György Szimuly


Mainly juvenile European Robins were trapped. © György Szimuly


European Stonechat in its interesting fall plumage. © György Szimuly


Juvenile Red-backed Shrike is quite a late migrant here. © György Szimuly


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