Common Cranes and leucistic Dunlin

This afternoon I picked up my kids and business mate to visit the fishponds for checking the number of wild geese. Yesterday we wisited the Old Lake where the number of geese increased nicely. At the lake there were about 10,000 birds already including 2,700 geese (mainly Tundra Bean Goose and Greater White-fronted Goose), 1,000 Mallard, 3,000 Black-headed Gull (with a few Yellow-legged Gull) and 3,500 Rook.


Black-headed Gull. © György Szimuly

The Ferencmajor fishponds was quite active this afternoon and nice amount of birds were seen moving around us. The highlight of the afternoon was the appearance of 3 migrating adult Common Cranes. The performed a very nice flight interaction which looked like an aerial ballet. The pond 4 was still drained providing nice resting place for the geese.


Common Crane is an irregular migrant in our region. Main migration route is in the Eastern Hungary. © György Szimuly

Here are the numbers of some species:

Greylag Goose 550
Tundra Bean Goose 75
Greater White-fronted Goose 650
Common Goldeneye 4 juv. (first for the season)
Great Egret 82 ( a single evening roosting flock)
Pygmy Cormorant 76
White-tailed Eagle 1 imm
Northern Lapwing 72
Dunlin 13
Black-headed Gull 400
Yellow-legged Gull 70
Mew Gull 1
Stock Dove 16
Common Starling 1


Dunlins are the latest migrants among shorebirds. They probably spend the winter in the Mediterranean. © György Szimuly

Among the Dunlins there was an almost all white individual. Based on the personal comment of Péter Szeimann, it has been here for about a week now.


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