Incredible bird galore at the Old Lake of Tata

As I hoped this morning was simply mind-blowing. I made a 3.5 hours birding around the Old Lake, totaling about 8.5 km, with Dani. There was nothing exotic observed today but the bird abundance was like never before. During the 22 years I had spent in Tata this was the strongest of the spring migration days. The forest was literally moving like everything around me after 6 bottles of Champagnes.

When we started our peaceful walk it was still dark but lights improved quickly. Just after counting the first Great Crested Grebes two Barn Swallows appeared and I knew the spring migration was finally back on track. I again tested the BirdsEye BirdLog (World) app in offline mode, and while I wasn’t impressed by its very slow performance (while typing bird names) it was good to learn that it really took care of the battery life of my iPhone.

Dani loved to watch the displaying and courtship behavior and even mating of Great Spotted Woodpeckers. It was really incredible as they did everything just around and above us.

Late flock of Greater White-fronted Goose. © Gyorgy Szimuly

A part of a late flock of Greater White-fronted Goose. © Gyorgy Szimuly

Black-headed Gulls using the Old Lake as a night roosting site from October till late March, early April. © Gyorgy Szimuly

Black-headed Gulls using the Old Lake as a night roosting site from October till late March, early April. © Gyorgy Szimuly

The Common Sandpiper was seen again at the reconstruction site. Green Sandpipers have disappeared. © Gyorgy Szimuly

The Common Sandpiper was seen again at the reconstruction site. Green Sandpipers have disappeared. © Gyorgy Szimuly

Today amazing number of woodpeckers were counted. Middle Spotted Woodpecker is one of the resident bird. © Gyorgy Szimuly

Today amazing number of woodpeckers were counted. Middle Spotted Woodpecker is one of the resident bird. © Gyorgy Szimuly

This was the complete bird list of the day:

Greater White-fronted Goose 75
Gadwall 10
Mallard 60
Garganey 6
Green-winged Teal 3
Common Pochard 225
Tufted Duck 2
Common Goldeneye 7
Great Crested Grebe 34
Great Cormorant 22
Pygmy Cormorant 16
Grey Heron 4
Great White Egret 2
Common Buzzard 1
Common Sandpiper 1
Black-headed Gull 500
Common Wood Pigeon 12
Common Kingfisher 2
Lesser Spotted Woodpecker 2
Middle Spotted Woodpecker 5
Great Spotted Woodpecker 22
Black Woodpecker 1
European Green Woodpecker 5
Grey-headed Woodpecker 2
Eurasian Jay 7
Eurasian Jackdaw 3
Hooded Crow 6
Sand Martin 1
Barn Swallow 35
Common House Martin 1
Great Tit 37
European Blue Tit 14
Long-tailed Tit 2
Eurasian Nuthatch 16
Eurasian Treecreeper 1
Common Chiffchaff 25
Marsh Warbler 2
Eurasian Blackcap 55
European Robin 24
Black Redstart 3
Eurasian Blackbird 36
Song Thrush 19
Mistle Thrush 6
European Starling 140
Dunnock 2
White Wagtail 5
Bohemian Waxwing 20
Common Chaffinch 38
European Greenfinch 4
European Goldfinch 7
Hawfinch 3
Eurasian Tree Sparrow 9

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