Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Birds on the River Danube

I got a couple of hours in on the Danube north of Budapest. Lots of movement in some spots, other places quiet. There were many Common Cormorants, some in splendid breeding plumage with snowy white heads. Mallards, of course, as ever, and also a few dozen Tufted Duck, a couple of nice drake Red-crested Pochards and Goldeneye, two Goosander, a drake Smew and some Velvet Scoters. Not a bad collection of wildfowl, but most of these are winter birds here and they won't be around much longer. Most will head north. On the shore Short-toed Treecreepers and Black Redstarts were both singing and a Syrian Woodpecker argued with a Great Spotted Woodpecker...

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