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Friday, 20 June 2008

Budapest (Hungary) on 1st June 2008

We arrived in Budapest late morning. After a lunch-time meeting with the head of the Hungarian team we had a free afternoon until meeting up with the group at 6 p.m., and so my wife (who is not a birder) and I decided to spend a couple of hours visiting the park on Margit-sziget – an island in the Danube in the middle of the city. It was just a general visit, and little was seen in the way of birds at first. Suddenly I was struck by a very loud song in a dense clump of trees and shrubs beside me. It took me about 20 minutes to locate the songster, although I was able to walk round the clump and the bird was never more than 4 metres away. Eventually, by crouching down, I found a ‘tunnel’ through the foliage, and there was the Nightingale. There were also numerous Nuthatches on the island, with one family of 5 making a charming sight together.



Nightingale
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Nuthatch

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