Saturday, April 4, 2009
Spring on the Hortobagy
Just back from two days in and around the Hortobagy, in eastern Hungary, with a group of folks from London. I can report that spring is finally arriving. Birds seen included White Storks already on their nests, a fly-over Black Stork, lots of Pygmy Cormorants, a late flock of Greater White-fronted Geese, many ducks including Garganey and Ferruginous Duck, flocks of Common Cranes passing through, a Common Bittern walking by the roadside and others booming, a couple of White-tailed Eagles, parties of Ruff, a dozen male Great Bustards, singing Savi's and Moustached Warblers and busy Penduline Tits at point-blank range.