Friday, April 29, 2022

πŸ“– Birding Hungary πŸ‡­πŸ‡Ί (Day 1) Spring 2022

☀️21C Friday 29th April 2022 ~ Despite the bank holiday weekend and huge queues at Birmingham Airport, we managed to get away practically on time at 8am for our Jet2 flight to Budapest. A pretty comfortable flight and we actually landed a whole 15 minutes ahead of schedule. 

After picking up our hire car for the week and taking on provisions from a Tesco store, we arrived at our accommodation in Nagymajor around 4pm. The accommodation (Nagymajor Birding Lodge) lies just a few miles from the HortobΓ‘gy National Park. Details HERE 

Nightingale in full song.

Having also filled up on fuel too (unleaded) we were amazed that the equivalent price in sterling was just £1.06! Plenty to see on the drive east with at least six Marsh Harriers along the roadside, a single Ring-tailed Harrier and lots of nesting White Storks on the telegraph poles.

Sand Lizard

After settling in we had an enjoyable walk around the large grounds of the accommodation in the late afternoon taking in the sights and sounds. Nightingales singing, along with Golden Orioles and Bee-eaters calling, plus a Black Redstart, which seems to prefer perching on the chimney of the adjacent house. It didn't take Dazza long to find her first reptile of the holiday, a Sand Lizard possibly Lacerta agilis Argus basking in the sunshine. She also came across a huge and frightening looking Black Blister Beetle, so-called for their defensive secretion of a blistering agent, cantharidin, hope I can sleep tonight! Coffee on the terrace after dark produced calling Quail and of course, more singing Nightingales.