Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Birding in Budapest

This week I have been in Budapest since Friday. It's not a birding holiday but I couldn't resist a little bit! Unfortunately, I haven't got the camera with me so I can't take photos but I will still be looking! On the first day we got here, from the balcony that we have, I heard a sharp call that I had never heard before and after looking for it, I discovered that there were 2 black redstarts singing on the roof of the hotel. I have never seen black redstarts before so it was even better. A bit later on in the day, We heard woodpeckers calling and when we went to have a look there were 3 green woodpeckers feeding on the ground. As we were watching the green woodpeckers, a biggish bird caught my eye flying to a tree on the far side of the garden. It landed on the tree and gripped the trunk so we knew it was another woodpecker. Then we saw the red under it's wing an we knew that it was a Great Spotted Woodpecker. A very good woodpecker day! P.S: When we go round sightseeing in Budapest I often notice that they don't have carrion crows here but all over the city centre are hooded crows.


  1. "It landed on the tree and gripped the trunk so we knew it was another woodpecker" - in Budapest, that could be a Syrian Woodpecker, not Great Spotted!


  2. Hi,

    Thanks for the advice. I have looked further in on it and I agree with your Syrian Woodpecker. Thanks for your help.