Wednesday, 26 November 2008

Snow Bunting on the frosty Puszta

Last evening I talked with my fiancee about the Show Buntings. This birds are only winter visitors in Hungary and you are lucky if you can see a few per year. Today I went to chack the geese on the biggest reservoir of this area. This huge lake is a meeting point for thousands of geese and ducks. The great flocks of geese mainly consist of Greylag, Bean and White-fronted geese, but among the flocks of ducks and geese we can usually find rare birds such as: Lesser white-fronted and Red-breasted geese. Today the weather wasn't favorable to goose-watching, but good to walk on the Puszta where the songbirds looked for some food: Reed Buntings, Gold Finches. Later I saw a quite white bird: it was a Snow Bunting.

Thursday, 13 November 2008

Lesser Mole Rat in Mezőtúr

It is a real sensation! The Lesser Mole Rat has four places, where the small populations live yet. In this summer, the staff of the Nimfea Nature Conservation Association found a Mole Rat in Mezőtúr, which place has not date about this species in the last 50 years. The animals was survived this years in the hobby gardens. The specialists looked for other Mole Rats in this area, and they think, here live about 6-8 other one.

Wednesday, 12 November 2008

Wallcreeper and a huge bird

Last weekend we visited my friend on the Northern Hills. We picked him up in Egerszalók, where a large reservoir is located. There was our first stop. We obeserved a Red-throated diver and a flock of Mallards. The Diver was very friendly, so we tried to take pictures. The bird was very photogenic, because it was swimming to us when we took the pictures. After this nice experience we drove to the Bél-kő, where we wanted to see Wallcreepers and Alpine Accentors. Today was a nice sunny day so we walked to the old mine where these birds spend the winter. In the mine we could observe a Wallcreeper, Alpine Accentor, Ravens. At night, when we drove home we had a nice experience: it was the largest European owl: the Eagle Owl.

Monday, 10 November 2008

New year-new rare warbler

I think 2007 was a really fortunate year cause I ringed a Pallas-leaf warbler in ringing camp of Bódva valley. It was the 8. observation in Hungary so I was very happy.

The second part of Ocotober I went birdringing to Bódva-valley, secondary in this year. On the first day the common species were ringed for example: chiffchaffes, robins, thrushes, dunnocks etc. In the next morning my friend, Attila Huber came to help me because there weren't anybody with me. It was about 10 o'clock when Attila gave me a birding bag and told me: Ádám It isn't common bird! When I beheld a bird..ohh That was an amazing feeling! Yellow-browed Warbler!

The photos were taken by Attila Huber!

Thursday, 6 November 2008

Black Woodpecker in my garden

This morning was in particular, because I observed a Black woodpecker in my garden. The bird was looking for food on the old oaks. 10 minutes later a Sparrowhowk attacked the bird so it flown. In the morning I observed also about 6000 Common cranes to fly towards south.

Picture by Ákos Monoki

Sunday, 2 November 2008

A flock of red-breasted geese

Our tuor was wonderful today. Today we went to explore the biggest reservoir in our local area. This huge lake is a meeting point for thousands of geese and ducks. Among the ducks we found mallards, pochards, ferruginous ducks, wigeons, gadwalls and showelers. The great flocks of geese mainly consist of greylag, bean and white-fronted geese, but today among the geese we observed 15 Red-breasted geese. In the sky a white-tailed eagle was flying. At the reservoir we found cranes, rough-legged buzzard, hen harriers and kingfishers as well. Afternoon we observed 3 species of owls: long-eared, little and tawny owl.

Saturday, 1 November 2008

Nutcrackers everywhere

Like Crossbills ,the Nutcrackers have invasion in this year as well. There are a lots of observations everywhere in this autumn in Hungary.
Today Ákos and Me went to check some fishpond-system in the Nagykunság. Near village Bánhalma I noticed two Nutcrackers!And Ákos found another three as well. It was unbelievable experience!

The photo by Ákos Monoki: