Another huge goose record

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Today we went out again for our usual morning birding to the Old Lake of Tata. The team met in the observation tower. The whole morning was misty with limited visibility in the beginning what slightly improved later. Our goose expert, Laci Musicz predicted a possible record for today. Yesterday morning he counted 49.100 geese but Saturday night he heard huge flock just over his home flying towards the lake. They came from the north and obviously they were an additional flock to the already present birds.

Multiple countings resulted a mind-blowing number what have never been recorded before at the Old Lake. After all 53,000 wild geese roosted in the drained bed of the lake. The sound they generated at the blast off was truly incredible what I will never forget.

Large Greater White-fronted Goose flock overt the Old Lake. © Gyorgy Szimuly

Large Greater White-fronted Goose flock overt the Old Lake. © Gyorgy Szimuly

Incredible blast off the roosting geese on the Old Lake. © Gyorgy Szimuly

Incredible blast off the roosting geese on the Old Lake. © Gyorgy Szimuly

A part of the morning team from left to right: László Musicz, Péter Csonka and Norbert Riezing. © Daniel Szimuly

A part of the morning team from left to right: László Musicz, Máté Szabó and Norbert Riezing. © Daniel Szimuly

Other notable birds:

Lesser White-fronted Goose 1 ad.
Red-breasted Goose 7
Common Shelduck 11
Possible Greylag Goose x Barnacle Goose hybrid 1

In the afternoon another local birder, Attila Lengyel, found another juvenile Lesser White-fronted Goose next to the adult. Could this number still grow by the end of December? Based on Laci there is still some room on the lake for about and additional 20,000 birds.

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