HUNGARY

I visited Hungary on business in May 2000 with a colleague John Beynon and we managed to pull in a few days birdwatching. One free day we went to the Kiskunsag National Park and at the weekend we spent a couple of days in the Hortobagy National Park. Business took us to Balaton via Lake Valence and we saw a few birds there too.

Itinerary:

        22 May            Kiskunsag NP(KS)

        24 May            Lake Valence(LV)

        25-26 May       Balaton Lake and Hills NP(BL)

        26-28 May       Hortobagy NP(HB)

       Birds Recorded: (see itinerary for site codes)

Species KS LV BL HB Species KS LV BL HB
Black-necked Grebe X       Swift X      
Great Crested Grebe X X X X Hoopoe       X
Cormorant       X Kingfisher     X  
Pygmy Cormorant       X Roller X     X
Bittern   X X X Bee-eater X   X X
Night Heron X     X Great Spotted Woodpecker X   X  
Squacco Heron       X Skylark       X
Little Egret X     X Crested lark     X X
Great White Egret X X X X Sand Martin X     X
Grey Heron X X X X Swallow X X X X
Species KS LV BL HB Species KS LV BL HB
Purple Heron X X   X House Martin X   X X
White Stork X X X X Tawny Pipit X     X
Black Stork X     X White Wagtail X   X X
Spoonbill X     X Yellow Wagtail X     X
Mute Swan     X   Robin     X  
Greylag Goose       X Nightingale X   X X
Mallard X X X X Bluethroat       X
Gadwall       X Black Redstart X   X X
Shoveler X       Wheatear X     X
Garganey       X Stonechat X X X X
Species KS LV BL HB Species KS LV BL HB
Pochard X     X Mistle Thrush     X  
Red-crested Pochard   X     Blackbird X   X  
Ferruginous Duck     X X Barred Warbler     X  
Short-toed Eagle X     X Blackcap     X  
Booted Eagle       X Lesser Whitethroat     X X
Black Kite       X Whitethroat       X
Marsh Harrier X X X X Sedge Warbler   X X X
Buzzard     X X Grasshopper Warbler X     X
Sparrowhawk       X Savi's Warbler       X
Kestrel X     X Reed Warbler   X X X
Species KS LV BL HB Species KS LV BL HB
Red-footed Falcon X     X Marsh Warbler       X
Hobby X       Great Reed Warbler  X X X X
Grey Partridge X       Chiffchaff X   X  
Quail h   h h Spotted Flycatcher X   X X
Corncrake       h Great Tit     X  
Pheasant X   X X Blue Tit     X X
Moorhen       X Marsh Tit     X  
Coot X X   X Bearded Reedling       X
Common Crane       X Penduline Tit     X  
Avocet X       Nuthatch     X  
Species KS LV BL HB Species KS LV BL HB
Black-winged Stilt X       Red-backed Shrike X   X X
Lapwing X   X X Lesser Grey Shrike X     X
Dunlin       X Magpie X   X X
Redshank X     X Jay     X  
Black-tailed Gocwit X     X Jackdaw X     X
Curlew       X Rook       X
Ruff       X Hooded Crow X   X X
Black-headed Gull X X X X Starling X   X X
Yellow-legged Gull   X   X Golden Oriole X   X X
Gull-billed Tern X       House Sparrow X   X X
Species KS LV BL HB Species KS LV BL HB
Black Tern X     X Tree Sparrow X   X X
White-winged Tern X X   X Chaffinch X   X  
Whiskered Tern X X   X Goldfinch X     X
Feral Pigeon X   X X Greenfinch X   X X
Wood Pigeon X   X X Serin X   X  
Collared Dove X   X X Hawfinch     X  
Turtle Dove X   X X Reed Bunting   X X X
Cuckoo X X X X Yellowhammer     X X
Tawny Owl X       Corn Bunting X   X X
Little Owl       X

( 'X' represents sightings and 'h' is heard only )



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