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Friday, 20 June 2008

Eger (Hungary) on 5th & 6th June 2008

We had an overnight stop at the Hotel Flóra in Eger, very near the main park in the town. As we had a little free time in the late afternoon, my wife and I took a walk in the park. Although pleasant, this turned out to be very unproductive. We decided to take the quick route back, following the path that runs alongside the Eger-patak – a culverted stream which runs through the centre of the town. We had nearly got back to the main road, and our hotel, when I suddenly noticed a whole host of bird activity round the stream. First I saw the Serins, but they went immediately, and did not return, but in looking for them I picked up one, and then another Spotted Flycatcher. Next was a family of three Hawfinches, and then two more Flycatchers, and five Goldfinches having a bath in the water. All this was in a 20 metre stretch of the stream that ran from immediately under the road bridge, alongside the park.



Spotted Flycatcher
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Hawfinch
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Hawfinch (juvenile)

In the morning we also had a couple of hours free before our first commitment, and so we decided to have a look at this historic town. Having taken some shots of a Song Thrush on the parapet of the bridge, we started with a quick visit to the productive area of the previous day, and it was then that I noticed the Spotted Flycatcher’s nest just 4 metres from the busy footpath. We then set off into the centre of the city, following the path beside the stream. This resulted in another Spotted Flycatcher being photographed, but little other bird interest until we got to a point next to the main square of the town. Here we found Black Redstart, White Wagtail, and Blackcap. We had a short stop at the initial location on our way back to pick up the group, and that was the end of the bird-watching for the tour. In summary, a very enjoyable time with some interesting sightings, but some very frustrating ‘misses’.

Song Thrush




Spotted Flycatcher
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White Wagtail
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Black Redstart
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Blackcap
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Goldfinch
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Goldfinch (juvenile)

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