Short birding walk

While Dani just had a lifer Lesser White-fronted Goose in my hometown in Hungary, I finally managed to do some birding around the Mount Farm Lake (or pit) in Bletchley. I simply wanted to enjoy being outside and to take deep breaths of the chilling morning air. The lake provided the regular and a less exciting bird community but the lights were absolutely gorgeous which made it special after all.

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The Mount Farm Pit is a little lake surrounded by industrial buildings. © Gyorgy Szimuly

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Mute Swans and Eurasian Coots are the most common residents of the lake. © Gyorgy Szimuly

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Lakeside bushes were empty but a few European Robins and Dunnocks was seen. © Gyorgy Szimuly

Black-headed Gulls were dominant louders. © Gyorgy Szimuly

Black-headed Gulls were dominant louders. © Gyorgy Szimuly

The adjacent park is home for Eurasian Blackbirds, Common Wood Pigeons, Common Magpies and Great Tits. © Gyorgy Szimuly

The adjacent park is home for Eurasian Blackbirds, Common Wood Pigeons, Common Magpies and Great Tits. © Gyorgy Szimuly

Fall colours never fail to amaze me. © Gyorgy Szimuly

Fall colours never fail to amaze me. © Gyorgy Szimuly

List of birds seen:

Canada Goose 2
Mute Swan 31
Mallard 16
Tufted Duck 13
Great Crested Grebe 4
Great Cormorant 2
Grey Heron 3
Common Moorhen 4
Eurasian Coot 88
Black-headed Gull 52
Common Gull 1
European Herring Gull 1
Lesser Black-backed Gull 2
Stock Dove 70
Common Wood Pigeon 13
Common Magpie 13
Carrion Crow 12
Great Tit 5
Eurasian Blue Tit 1
Eurasian Wren 3
European Robin 6
Eurasian Blackbird 3
Dunnock 3
Eurasian Bullfinch 5
European Siskin 1
European Goldfinch 7

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5 thoughts on “Short birding walk

      • Nice one. We all need to get out there even more now, given the state of our Nation’s birds. Are things as bad in Hungary as they currently are over here?

      • I think it is a general issue but luckily not as bad as here. We have had issues but also success stories like the Eastern Imperial Eagle and Shaker Falcon conservation projects. Unfortunately due to bad habitat management the sought after Aquatic Warbler disappeared from Hungary. The Collared pratincole and Kentish Plover is also very vulnerable due to habitat loss. Short-toed Lark has only one breeding site left but on the other hand we managed to maintain the Great Bustard population and it’s been stable for decades now. There are a lot to do but we have learned from others mistakes as well.

      • Thanks, as a relative newbie to the science aspect of ornithology, I was curious to hear of other stories. I think with the added impetus slowly emerging to sort things out, things will improve eventually, although the improvements probably need to be addressed from the “bottom up”. Thanks for your input. Best Wishes Tony.

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