5,350 birds from the window

I wouldn’t say I’m going crazy by our actual home, but at least one aspect definitely makes it lovable. It is very ‘birdy’, especially in winter. We are living in a big block in the middle of the daily route of thousands of birds. While living next to a massive wasteland doesn’t sound pleasant, it doesn’t harm our life in any way. (I wish I could tell the same about our neighbours and the incredibly noisy and busy roads.)

The view from the window.

The view from the window.

Birds, mainly gulls and Corvids, fly several times a day between the wasteland and their nearby night roosting sites. They fly within a very close range from our window, sometimes they are as close as 30-40 meters.

An hour before sunset I started counting birds from the window of our livingroom. It was warm, comfy and the window provided about 160° field view to the south.

Black-headed Gull numbers have been up since the last counting in late December. © Gyorgy Szimuly

Black-headed Gull numbers have been up since the last counting in late December. © Gyorgy Szimuly

So this was the bird list from this afternoon:

Great Cormorant 1
Eurasian Sparrowhawk 1
Red Kite 2
Black-headed Gull 2,163
Mew Gull 418
Herring Gull (European) 504
Lesser Black-backed Gull 971
Great Black-backed Gull 23
Common Wood-Pigeon 2
Eurasian Jackdaw 808
Rook 213
Carrion Crow 176
European Robin 1
Eurasian Blackbird 1
Redwing (Eurasian) 1
European Starling 43
White Wagtail (British) 23
Common Chaffinch 2

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