Into the mountains

This morning we made a nice excursion to the nearby mountains in wonderful weather. It’s hard to belive it is 1st of November and the thermometer displays 16˚C and apparently no cloud disturbesthe sunshine.

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Topside view to the foothills. © Gyorgy Szimuly

This time we climbed up to one of the strictly protected areas (entry is restricted to permit holders ony!!!) of the Gerecse Mountain for making sure the area undisturbed. Normally the site is guarded by voluteers during the entire breeding season of the raptors but we randomly make visits to make sure everything is all right around.

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I don’t have to tell that the forest is absolutely gorgeous this time of the year. We so much enjoyed it despite not so many bird species were seen and we missed the targeted ones.

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Images of the open marble quarry. © Gyorgy Szimuly

Species seen:

Common Buzzard 2
Eurasian Sparrowhawk 2
Common Kestrel 1
Peregrine Falcon 2
Northern Raven 1
Great Tit 4
Black Redstart 4
Mistle Thrush 1
European Nuthatch 1
Eurasian Wren 1

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Dani and Szaby as fellow birders. © Gyorgy Szimuly

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Forest was magical around the hill. © Gyorgy Szimuly

A local ranger saw 658(!!!!) Common Cranes in 4 flocks over the western hills of the Gerecse Mountain. It was quite a nice record.