Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Special Birds: Red-backed Shrike

Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurio is a common summer visitor to Central and Eastern Europe. This one snapped at Aggtelek, Hungary, June 2011, Gerard Gorman.

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Birding Tours: Hungary in Autumn

A tour to eastern Hungary in October focuses on one of Europe’s great birding events. Each autumn up to 100,000 Common Cranes from Fenno-Scandia, the Baltic States, Poland and elsewhere in northern Europe congregate here. The cranes are watched flying to roost at dusk in vast skeins and feeding by day in crop fields. There are also some great resident birds like Great Bustard, Saker Falcon, White-tailed and Eastern Imperial Eagle, eight species of woodpecker including White-backed, Middle-spotted, Grey-headed, Syrian and Black, and winter visitors such as Rough-legged Buzzard and Great Grey Shrike. Wildfowl present should include Greater White-front and some Tundra and Taiga Bean Geese. Indeed, eastern Hungary is a key staging area for the threatened Lesser White fronted Goose. Other birds should include Hawfinch, Black Redstart, Rock Bunting, Short-toed Treecreeper, Marsh Harrier, Penduline Tit and Dotterel. A tremendous autumn feast of birds! This great trip is run by UK-based Heatherlea Birdwatching: click this link for more details: