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Spring birds arrive early in Austria


By Kostyantyn Steblovskyy

The first signs of spring are already outside. The temperatures of the first few days in March have added further proof to the hope that there will be no severe winter this year in Austria.

But the high temperatures are not the only sign. The first birds from the south have already arrived to the Seewinkel, the area east of the Neusiedler Lake in Burgenland, Austria. The park rangers of "St. Martins Therme und Lodge" had the opportunity during one of their tours to discover that Pied Avocet, a bird that is only seen in rare cases in Central Europe, had arrived.

Pied Avocet birds are the first animals to arrive at the National Park of Burgenland this spring, but according to the rangers of the park, new species are arriving every day.

"Normally the first Pied Avocet we see is in the middle of March", said one of the rangers. "The next week we are waiting for even more species to arrive from their winter quarters to their breeding habitat", said the biologist and environmental educator, Manuel Böck.

The Neusiedler Lake in Burgenland has earned its title as the largest bird paradise in Europe" by welcoming around 320 species of birds every year during their breeding period.

In combination with the breathtaking scenery St. Martins Therme & Lodge opened its doors on 11 November 2009 in Burgenland's Seewinkel. It is the first spa lodge in Central Europe and is leading the way in a new generation of tourism, which includes spa suites, massages, thermal baths, safaris and lots more.

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