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St. Andräer Zicksee

Burgenland  >  Austria

The St. Andräer Zicksee isn’t part of the National Park and can, therefore, be utilised in many ways. But despite that, the lake is worth a birding visit!

Added* by Benjamin Knes
Most recent update 22 September 2021

Description

In autumn and winter, the Zicksee attracts thousands of nordic geese. The first flocks often already arrive to drink and rest late mornings, and are scanned by birdwatchers for rare species and neckbands. It is not uncommon for hunting White-tailed Eagle to put an abrupt end to the bustling activity on the water, sending the clamouring flocks into the air to return to nearby or more distant foraging grounds. If the Lange Lacke, the main roosting area, is dry at this time of year, the geese will mostly also return to the Zicksee to sleep.

Due to its slightly deeper water, the St. Andräer Zicksee is generally popular with diving ducks and mergansers. Great Cormorant, gulls, and Eurasian Coot also appreciate this large body of water. During longer periods of bad weather, large congregations of foraging marsh terns, Little Gull, and swallows can often be seen here. When the shore zone becomes wider with falling water levels, an abundance of waders attracts birdwatchers and photographers. The more common waders on the Zicksee include Little Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper, Common Redshank, Common Greenshank, Ruff, and Black-winged Stilt.

Details

Access

For a good view of every part of the lake, it is worth scanning the surface from a number of points. Starting on the southern shore near the Reihersiedlung, a trained ear will be able to pick the reed passerines from the western shore as well as the garden birds from the residential area. Scanning the western shore for rails, herons, and – provided water levels are low – waders can produce the occasional surprise. An unremarkable tree-covered lawn right by the surf club can attract Western Yellow Wagtail and other passerines on migration, while the entire length of the eastern shore can be interesting for waders and gulls. The old stock of trees at the lakefront resort is often frequented by Syrian Woodpecker , Great Spotted Woodpecker, and Eurasian Green Woodpecker, while Song Thrush and Common Wood Pigeon can be seen at quite close quarters. During the spring and summer months, Black-headed Gull and the occasional Common Tern like to rest on the shore. Finally, the bay at the northern shore is a great place to see ground squirrels up close, as well as birds of the reed edges. At lower water levels, it provides another chance to observe waders.

Terrain and Habitat

Wetland , Grassland , Scattered trees and bushes , Steppe , Lake

Conditions

Flat , Open landscape

Circular trail

No

Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

Winter

Route

Paved road

Difficulty walking trail

Easy

Accessible by

Car , Bicycle , Foot

Birdwatching hide / platform

No

Extra info

The mud from the Zicksee and other saline lakes is said to have a beneficial effect on the skin and joints. In earlier times, it was used to treat rheumatism in the orthopaedic clinic on the north-eastern shore of the lake.

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