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Hungary in Sept 2008 (1 Viewer)


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This week of autumn birding in Hungary started and finished in Budapest and took in the main sites of the Apaj grasslands and fish-ponds the Kiskunsag NP, Lake Tisza, the fish-ponds and grasslands of the Hortobagy NP, deciduous forests in the southern Bukk Hills and sites between these areas on route. The weather was generally fine: there were 2 days with a brief showers and 1 day with mist in the morning until 10am. We spent 2 nights in the Kiskunsag, 3 nights in the Bukk and 2 nights in the Hortobagy. I would like to thank group participants Jan (USA), Pete (USA), Val (USA), Jose (USA). Peter (UK), Susan (UK), Mark (UK) & Mike (Canada). Gerard Gorman, PROBIRDER: www.probirder.com

Species & Sites
Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis. 25. Apaj, Lake Tisza & various Hortobagy ponds
Great-crested Grebe Podiceps cristatus. 35. As above.
Red-necked Grebe Podiceps griseigena. 2 Lake Tisza
Black-necked Grebe (Eared Grebe) Podiceps nigricollis. 5 Hortobagy ponds.
Cormorant (Great Cormorant) Phalacrocorax carbo. Abundant.
Pygmy Cormorant Phalacrocorax pygmaeus. About 400. Lake Tisza & Hortobagy ponds
Bittern (Great Bittern) Botaurus stellaris. 4 Apaj, Lake Tisza & Hortobagy ponds.
Night Heron (Black-crowned) Nycticorax nycticorax. 25 Lake Tisza & Hortobagy ponds.
Squacco Heron Ardeola ralloides 6 Apaj & Lake Tisza.
Little Egret Egretta garzetta 4 Hortobagy ponds.
Great White Egret (Great Egret) Egretta alba. Abundant.
Grey Heron Ardea cinerea. About 100 Apaj, Lake Tisza & Hortobagy ponds.
Purple Heron Ardea purpurea. 4 Apaj & Hortobagy ponds.
Black Stork Ciconia nigra. 2 Apaj & Lake Tisza.
White Stork Ciconia ciconia 16 Apaj & Lake Tisza.
Spoonbill (Eurasian Spoonbill) Platalea leucorodia. 12 Hortobagy ponds.
Mute Swan Cygnus olor. 250 Apaj, Lake Tisza & Hortobagy ponds.
Lesser White-fronted Goose Anser erythropus. 39 Hortobagy ponds.
Greylag Goose Anser anser. About 3000 Apaj & Lake Tisza & Hortobagy ponds.
Shelduck (Common Shelduck) Tadorna tadorna. 3 Hortobagy ponds.
Wigeon (Eurasian Wigeon) Anas penelope. 35 Hortobagy ponds.
Gadwall Anas strepera About 350 Apaj, Lake Tisza & Hortobagy ponds.
Common Teal Anas crecca. About 3000 Apaj, Lake Tisza & Hortobagy ponds.
Mallard Anas platyrhynchos. Abundant.
Pintail (Northern Pintail) Anas acuta. 15 Hortobagy ponds.
Garganey Anas querquedula. 6 Apaj & Hortobagy ponds.
Shoveler (Northern Shoveler) Anas clypeata. About 2000, Lake Tisza & Hortobagy ponds.
Red-crested Pochard Netta rufina. 6 Apaj & Hortobagy ponds.
Pochard (Common Pochard) Aythya ferina. About 400 Apaj & Lake Tisza & Hortobagy ponds.
Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca. 15 Apaj & Lake Tisza & Hortobagy ponds.
Tufted Duck Aythya fuligula. 12 Apaj & Lake Tisza & Hortobagy ponds.
Smew Mergellus albellus. 1 Lake Tisza.
Black Kite Milvus migrans. 1 Lake Tisza.
White-tailed Eagle Haliaeetus albicilla. 6 Lake Tisza & Hortobagy.
Short-toed EagleCircaetus gallicus. 2 Apaj & Bogacs.
Marsh Harrier Circus aeruginosus. Abundant.
Hen Harrier (Northern Harrier) Circus cyaneus. 2 Apaj & Egerlovo.
Montagu's Harrier Circus pygargus. 2 Sarud.
Goshawk (Northern Goshawk) Accipiter gentilis. 3 Hortobagy, Bogacs & Repashuta.
Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus. 12 Apaj, Hortobagy & Bukk.
Common Buzzard Buteo buteo. Abundant.
Long-legged Buzzard Buteo rufinus. 2 Hortobagy.
Lesser Spotted Eagle Aquila pomarina. 1 Bogacs.
Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca. 3 Adacs, Fuzesabony, Tard.
Osprey Pandion haliaetus. 2 Apaj & Hortobagy.
Kestrel (Common Kestrel) Falco tinnunculus. Common.
Red-footed Falcon Falco vespertinus. 20 Apaj & Hortobagy.
Hobby (Eurasian Hobby) Falco subbuteo. 3 Apaj, Lake Tisza & Hortobagy.
Saker Falcon Falco cherrug. 5 Apaj, Hortobagy, Tard.
Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus. 1 Hortobagy ponds.
Grey Partridge (Common Partridge) Perdix perdix. 12 Apaj.
Pheasant (Common Pheasant) Phasianus colchicus. Common.
Water Rail Rallus aquaticus. 2 Apaj & Hortobagy ponds. Others heard.
Little Crake Porzana parva. 3 Hortobagy.
Moorhen Gallinula chloropus. 25 Apaj & Lake Tisza & Hortobagy.
Coot (Eurasian Coot) Fulica atra. Abundant.
Common Crane Grus grus. 20 Apaj & about 4000 Hortobagy.
Great Bustard Otis tarda.33 Apaj.
Oystercatcher (Eurasian) Haematopus ostralegus. 1 Hortobagy ponds.
Avocet (Pied Avocet) Recurvirostra avosetta. 25 Hortobagy ponds.
Stone Curlew (Eurasian Thick-knee) Burhinus oedicnemus
Ringed Plover (Greater Ringed Plover) Charadrius hiaticula. 2 Apaj.
Dotterel Charadrius morinellus. 35 Hortobagy.
Golden Plover (European Golden Plover) Pluvialis apricaria. 125 Apaj.
Grey Plover (Black-bellied Plover) Pluvialis squatarola. 12 Apaj & Hortobagy ponds.
Lapwing (Northern Lapwing) Vanellus vanellus. Common.
Sanderling Calidris alba. 2 Apaj.
Little Stint Calidris minuta. 6 Hortobagy ponds.
Curlew Sandpiper Calidris ferruginea. 3 Hortobagy ponds.
Dunlin Calidris alpina. 200 Apaj & Hortobagy ponds.
Ruff Philomachus pugnax. 500 Apaj & Hortobagy ponds.
Common Snipe Gallinago gallinago. 50 Apaj & Hortobagy ponds.
Woodcock (Eurasian Woodcock) Scolopax rusticola
Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa. 25 Apaj & Hortobagy ponds.
Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus. 2 Apaj
Curlew (Eurasian Curlew) Numenius arquata. 300 Apaj & Hortobagy ponds.
Spotted Redshank Tringa erythropus. 200 Apaj & Hortobagy ponds.
Marsh Sandpiper Tringa stagnatilis. 1 Hortobagy ponds.
Greenshank (Common Greenshank) Tringa nebularia. 9 Apaj & Hortobagy ponds.
Green Sandpiper Tringa ochropus. 4 Apaj & Hortobagy.
Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola. 60 Apaj & Hortobagy ponds.
Common Sandpiper Tringa hypoleucos. 2 Apaj.
Black-headed Gull Larus ridibundus. Abundant.
Common Gull (Mew Gull) Larus canus. 20 Hortobagy ponds.
Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans 12 Hortobagy ponds.
Yellow-legged Gull Larus michahellis. Common.
Caspian Tern Sterna caspia. 2 Hortobagy ponds.
Common Tern Sterna hirundo. 6 Lake Tisza.
Whiskered Tern Chlidonias hybridus. 2 Hortobagy ponds.
Black Tern Chlidonias niger 3 Apaj.
Stock Dove (Stock Pigeon) Columba oenas. 200 Apaj & Sarud.
Woodpigeon, Columba palumbus. About 50.
Collared Dove (Eurasian Collared Dove) Streptopelia decaocto. Abundant.
Cuckoo (European Cuckoo) Cuculus canorus. 1 Sarud.
Barn Owl Tyto alba. 1 Hortobagy.
Little Owl Athene noctua. 6 Apaj, Sarud, Hortobagy.
Tawny Owl Strix aluco. 1 Bukk Hills.
Ural Owl Strix uralensis. 1 Bukk Hills.
Long-eared Owl Asio otus. 8 Hortobagy.
Kingfisher (Common Kingfisher) Alcedo atthis. 4 Apaj & Lake Tisza,
Hoopoe (Eurasian Hoopoe) Upupa epops. 1 Hortobagy.
Grey-headed Woodpecker (Gray-faced) Picus canus. 3 Bukk Hills.
Green Woodpecker (European Green Woodpecker) Picus viridis. 2 Apaj & Bukk Hills.
Black Woodpecker Dryocopus martius. 4 Lake Tisza & Bukk Hills.
Great Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos major. Common.
Syrian Woodpecker Dendrocopos syriacus. 3 Apaj, Sarud & Bogacs.
Middle Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos medius. 6 Bukk Hills.
White-backed Woodpecker Dendrocopos leucotos. 2 Bukk Hills.
Lesser Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos minor. 1 Bukk Hills.
Crested Lark Galerida cristata. Common.
Woodlark Lullula arborea. 5 Bukk Hills.
Skylark (Eurasian Skylark) Alauda arvensis. Common.
Sand Martin (Bank Swallow) Riparia riparia. 150 Lake Tisza.
Swallow (Barn Swallow) Hirundo rustica. Common.
House Martin Delichon urbica. 6 Lake Tisza.
Tree Pipit Anthus trivialis. 1 Bukk Hills.
Meadow Pipit Anthus pratensis. 8 Apaj.
Red-throated Pipit Anthus cervinus. 4 Hortobagy.
Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea. 2 Bukk Hills.
White Wagtail Motacilla alba. Common.
Wren (Winter Wren) Troglodytes troglodytes. 3 Bukk Hills.
Robin (European Robin) Erithacus rubecula. 6 Bukk Hills & Hortobagy ponds.
Black Redstart Phoenicurus ochruros. Common.
Whinchat Saxicola rubetra. 10 Apaj, Sarud, Hortobagy.
Stonechat (Common Stonechat) Saxicola torquata. Common.
Wheatear (Northern Wheatear) Oenanthe oenanthe. 4 Hortobagy.
Blackbird (Eurasian Blackbird) Turdus merula. Common.
Fieldfare Turdus pilaris. 2 Bogacs.
Song Thrush Turdus philomelos. 30 Apaj, Hortobagy, Bukk.
Mistle Thrush Turdus viscivorus. 5 Bukk Hills.
Moustached Warbler Acrocephalus melanopogon. 1 Hortobagy ponds.
Sedge Warbler Acrocephalus schoenobaenus. 8 Apaj & Hortobagy.
Great Reed Warbler Acrocephalus arundinaceus. 2 Hortobagy ponds.
Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla. 2 Bukk Hills.
Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita. Common.
Goldcrest Regulus regulus. 6 Bukk Hills.
Bearded Tit (Bearded Reedling) Panurus biarmicus. 12 Apaj, 50 Hortobagy ponds.
Long-tailed Tit Aegithalos caudatus. 12 Bukk Hills.
Marsh Tit Parus palustris. 6 Bukk Hills.
Willow Tit Parus montanus. 2 Bukk Hills.
Coal Tit Parus ater. 4 Bukk Hills.
Blue Tit Parus caeruleus. Common.
Great Tit Parus major. Abundant.
Nuthatch (Eurasian Nuthatch) Sitta europaea. 12 Bukk Hills.
Common Treecreeper Certhia familiaris. 6 Bukk Hills.
Short-toed Treecreeper Certhia brachydactyla. 3 Bukk Hills.
Penduline Tit Remiz pendulinus. 6 Apaj, 20 Hortobagy ponds.
Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurio. 2 Apaj, 1 Hortobagy, 2 Bukk Hills.
Great Grey Shrike (Northern Shrike) Lanius excubitor. 2 Apaj, 1 Sarud, 3 Hortobagy.
Jay (Eurasian Jay) Garrulus glandarius. Common.
Magpie (Black-billed Magpie) Pica pica. Common.
Jackdaw (Eurasian Jackdaw) Corvus monedula. 30 Hortobagy.
Rook Corvus frugilegus. Common.
Hooded Crow Corvus corone. Common.
Raven (Common Raven) Corvus corax. 2 Sarud, 12 Bukk Hills.
Starling (European Starling) Sturnus vulgaris. Common.
House Sparrow Passer domesticus. Common.
Tree Sparrow Passer montanus. Common.
Chaffinch Fringilla coelebs. About 30 Bukk Hills.
Brambling Fringilla montifringilla. 1 Bukk Hills.
Serin (European Serin) Serinus serinus. 1 Sarud, 1 Bukk Hills.
Greenfinch (European Greenfinch) Carduelis chloris. 6 Sarud, 25 Bukk Hills.
Goldfinch Carduelis carduelis. Common.
Siskin (Eurasian Siskin) Carduelis spinus. 60 Bukk Hills.
Linnet (Common Linnet) Carduelis cannabina. Common.
Common Crossbill Loxia curvirostra. 100+ Bukk Hills.
Hawfinch Coccothraustes coccothraustes. 30+ Bukk Hills.
Yellowhammer Emberiza citrinella. 6 Bukk Hills.
Rock Bunting Emberiza cia. 2 Bukk Hills.
Reed Bunting Emberiza schoeniclus. Common.
Corn Bunting Emberiza calandra. 10 Apaj, 12 Sarud, 30 Hortobagy.
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