A short yet very exciting morning has been behind me. At 6AM I joined my friends for birding at the Old Lake of Tata (Hungary). Though it is the end of November we had a pleasant and mild weather this morning. The water level is perfect as it should be at this time of the year. This ensures an ideal and safe environment for the wintering geese. Today we counted about 25,000 wild geese.
Species without numbers:
Great Crested Grebe
Greater White-fronted Goose
Tundra Bean Goose
Lesser White-fronted Goose 1 ad.
Red-breasted Goose 33
Great White Egret
Lesser Black-backed Gull
The number of Red-breasted Geese broke every record here. We have never counted as many of this gorgeous goose species as today. The previous record was 24 on the Old Lake.
We also managed to read the code of a neck ring on a Greater White-fronted Goose. The black ring with white characters are as follows: 7NK. This bird has a nice migration history which is worth another blog post.