Rain in the UK, rain in Hungary

I fed up by being bored indoors due to the torrential rain we have here in Hungary so decided to make a nice walk to the eastern park and south east forest around the Old Lake in Tata. At my departure snow was intensively falling and while I generally like this feeling it was less preferred to see it today, on 31 March, in Central Europe.

The eastern park with neglected building. © Gyorgy Szimuly

The eastern park with neglected building. © Gyorgy Szimuly

Flooded river edges the foothpath. © Gyorgy Szimuly

Flooded river edges the foothpath. © Gyorgy Szimuly

River has already flooded the adjacent areas. © Gyorgy Szimuly

River has already flooded the adjacent areas. © Gyorgy Szimuly

Bridge has already been washed away by the flooded river. © Gyorgy Szimuly

Bridge has already been washed away by the flooded river. © Gyorgy Szimuly

As expected bird activity was very modest as only a few bird species were seen. Probably the best moment was watching 28 Mistle Thrushes feeding on mistletoes. This was an unusual number of this species in this region.

The river which feeds the Old Lake has just started to flood the terminal forest making impossible to walk around the lake. The bridge over the river has already been washed away. In the last 3 years this is the second time the Old Lake is going to flood the surrounding areas.

White Wagtails were on the move to their breeding sites. © Gyorgy Szimuly

White Wagtails were actively feeding at the shoreline while on the move to their breeding sites. © Gyorgy Szimuly

Number of Hooded Crows seen today was somehow lower then in the previous years. © Gyorgy Szimuly

Number of Hooded Crows seen today was somehow lower then in the previous years. © Gyorgy Szimuly

Full species list of birds seen and submitted to e-Bird:

Mallard 38
Garganey 6
Great Cormorant 3
Pygmy Cormorant 1
Black-headed Gull 18
Common Kingfisher 1
Green Woodpecker 1
Hooded Crow 4
Great Tit 9
Blue Tit 1
Long-tailed Tit 4
Eurasian Nuthatch 2
Eurasian Wren 1
European Robin 4
Black Redstart 2
Eurasian Blackbird 9
Song Thrush 5

Mistle Thrush 28
European Starling 8
White Wagtail 7
Common Chaffinch 1
Eurasian Bullfinch 5
European Goldfinch 1
Hawfinch 3

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