EuroBirdWatch 2011 Weekend

As a part of the popular EuroBirdWatch 2011, organsied by BirdLife International, we initiated a birding event for the weekend for the public. Introduction of bird ringing and birdwatching was in the main focus. We had a nice number of visitors and good number of birds trapped during two days. The majority of ringed birds was again the European Robin and Eurasian Blackcap.

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Eurasian Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes) is a fall migrant in the fishponds. © György Szimuly

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Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus) is froming nice and cute flocks in the bushes. © György Szimuly

Beside ringing we concentrated on the drained fishponds to see migrating shorebirds stopping by at the fishponds for incresing their body mass. Weather was more than pleasant with close to 30˚C at the peak which was really unusual for early October.

Results of the shorebird counts:

Grey Plover 9
Common Ringed Plover 1
Jack Snipe 1
Common Snipe 31
Spotted Redshank 6
Common Greenshank 10
Green Sandpiper 8
Wood Sandpiper 2
Sanderling 1
Little Stint 1
Curlew Sandpiper 2
Dunlin 24
Ruff 2

A nice White-tailed Eagle, Western Marsh Harriers 8 Barn Swallows were also seen. We saw color banded Black-headed Gulls but there was no chance to read the codes.

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