Thursday, May 05, 2022

πŸ“– Birding Hungary (Day 6) Spring 2022

🌀 21C Wednesday 4th May 2022 ~ Today we visited what's known as Little HortobΓ‘gy. Given the access limitations on the HortobΓ‘gy itself, it's refreshing to find an area of steppe you can access and walk around freely. The drive from our accommodation took around 50 minutes taking the ferry across the River Tisza, which was an interesting experience and only cost £2.

Not the best day for photography but I did manage this Roller perched upon wires through the heat haze.

On arrival, we drove the track between Tiazababolna and Szentistvan which takes you through an excellent area of Steppe renowned for species such as Lesser Grey Shrike & Roller. The track, like most of the rural roads in this part of Hungary, is badly maintained and practically impassable after a wet period but with care, we managed quite well.

A very lean looking Cuckoo one of over twenty seen today.

No sign of any Shrike today and if I'm being honest the birding was less productive than hoped, or maybe we've just been spoilt of late! However, we did count over 20 Cuckoo's in the area which appeared to be feeding on lots of large black flies which were flying low over the grassland.

White-tailed Eagle

The highlight of the day was a distant Saker Falcon perched on one of the electric pylons. No sign of Eastern Imperial Eagle today but a White-tailed Eagle passed to the south. Four Wood Sandpipers on the wetland area and the reedbeds contained Purple Heron, Great Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler and Savi's Warbler

Black Stork

Another tick for the garden list was a Black Stork, which passed overhead in the late afternoon. A Robin provided tick number 120 for the holiday thus far!