A brief trip to Hungary for resolving pending family issues started with sadness, reunion with a long seen family member and a very kind neighbour, who had looked after us some 40 years ago, and lots of emotions when I entered the room where I had spent my childhood. The trip then continued with a special unplanned meeting with my birder friends from my hometown.
On the way to the Bird Ringing Satation of the Ferencmajor fishponds I got a news about a Paddyfield Warbler (Acrocephalus agricola) had trapped just minutes before by leading ringers. This is a rare bird in Hungary having only a few records. As I was just a few miles away, I had some time to check this bird before other birders arrived to see it.
This was my second encounter of this species as in 2001 I trapped and ringed one in northwest Hungary while I was there for ringing shorebirds.
I was just about writing a short blog about the amazing result our ringing station including lots of unusual and some very rare capture, but this Paddyfield Warbler was just to special and deserved a separate posts.