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The Meiseldorf pond is a medium sized body of water in eastern Waldviertel region. It provides habitat for some specialized reed-breeding birds and migrants.
Although the intensive management as an angling pond reduces its attractivity for a number of waterbird species, nevertheless the pond of Meiseldorfer Teich features important numbers of some specialized breeding species and migrants can turn up at any time. Due to the long lasting monitoring effort in the region, the pond exhibits an impressive species list.
Commonly seen or heard breeding species are Little Bittern, Water Rail, Marsh Harrier, Sedge Warbler, Marsh Warbler, Reed Warbler, Great Reed Warbler, Savi's Warbler and Reed Bunting. The open agricultural landscape around the pond hosts a small population of Montagu's Harrier in some years, as well as some breeding Northern Lapwing and Grey Partridge.
Non-breeding species, which can be observed often, are Grey Heron, Great Egret, Great Cormorant and Common Sandpiper but also scarcer birds show up regularly, like White-tailed Eagle, Black-crowned Night Heron or Black Tern. Rarities found during the past decades include Black-throated Diver (Arctic Loon), Common Scoter, Pallid Harrier, Long-legged Buzzard, Bar-tailed Godwit, Red Phalarope, Caspian Tern, Aquatic Warbler and Snow Bunting.
However, on an average visit often not more than the local breeders can be seen, so the finding of interesting migrants or vagrants requires many visits or big luck.
There is a paved track to the southern end of the pond, but driving is only permitted for locals. It is best to park the car in Meiseldorf and walk the approx. 15-20 min to the pond. Click on the P in the map for directions. Tracks lead around nearly the whole waterbody, but please respect the access restrictions, as the pond itself is private and should not be entered without permission. It is, however, not necessary to violate any restrictions in order to see the whole water surface. The best overview is provided when looking from the south corner of the pond.
Observations can be seen and submitted via ornitho.at, see link below.