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1 Hungary 28 April 5 May 2012 By Peter van Scheepen Ural Owl, Bükk mountains Near the village of Bükkzsérc

2 Introduction From 28 April to 1 May we visited Budapest to do some sight seeing and from 3 to 5 May we visited Tiszafüred. We did no serious birding on these days. From 1 to 3 May we drove to Eger and Dévaványa to do some birding. The main reason was to watch the Ural Owl and Saker Falcon, both lifers, and the Great Bustard. Through I contacted Zoltan Pabar (www.hungarobirds.com He made all the arrangements for these days (dinner, guest house and guide). So on 1 May we met Péter Balázsi who guided us and was very eager to show the Ural Owl (in which he succeeded) and Saker Falcon. On 3 May we met Zoltan at the ricefields of Kisújszállás and he showed us Saker Falcon, Red-footed Falcon and European Roller. Map 1. Places visited on 1 and 2 May.

3 Itinerary Date Activities, transport and accommodation 28 April Left Amsterdam by plane (KL 1977) at hrs. Arrived at Budapest at hrs.. Went by minibus to hotel Mercure Budapest Duna at Budapest. Slept in Mercure hotel Duna at Budapest. 29 April Did some sight seeing in Budapest, mostly at Buda. Slept in Mercure hotel Duna at Budapest. 30 April Did some sight seeing in Budapest, mostly at Pest. Slept in Mercure hotel Duna at Budapest. 1 May Went to the airport to collect the car and drove to Egerszalók to meet Péter. Birded around Eger in the afternoon. Slept in a guesthouse at Egerszalók. 2 May Birded in the Bükk mountains and around Eger. Slept in a guesthouse at Egerszalók. 3 May Left Egerszalók at hrs for a 2 hours drive to Dévaványa. Birded the Körös-Maros Nemzeti Park near Réhely, Dévaványa, the ricefields of Kisújszállás and near Túrkeve until hrs and drove to Tiszafüred. Slept in Tisza Balneum hotel at Tiszafúred. 4 May Visited a Red-footed Falcon colony at Kócsujfalu along road nr. 33 to Hortobágy and Debrecen in the morning. Walked along the river Tisza in the afternoon. Slept in Tisza Balneum hotel at Tiszafúred. 5 May Left Tiszafüred at hrs and drove to Gödöllő to visit the Royal Palace. Drove to the airport to bring back the car. Left Budapest by plane (KL 1978) at hrs. Daily log 28 April We flew from Amsterdam to Budapest with KLM flight KL 1977 at hrs. (40 minutes delay) for a flight of 1,45 hours. We went to hotel Mercure Budapest Duna in Budapest by mini bus and made a little walk along the Danube. Slept in Mercure hotel Duna at Budapest. 29 April We did some sight seeing in Budapest, mostly at Buda. Slept in Mercure hotel Duna at Budapest. 30 April We did some sight seeing in Budapest, mostly at Pest. Slept in Mercure hotel Duna at Budapest.

4 1 May We left the hotel and went to the airport to collect our car and drove in one and a half hours to Egerszalók near Eger. We met our guide Péter Balázsi and dropped our luggage in the guest house. We drove to some woods near the village of Bükkzsérc to look for Ural Owl, unfortunately in vain. We then drove to Hór-valley near Cserépfalu and found a male Rock Bunting. Early in the evening we drove to a small village north of Mezőkövesd and saw a distant, flyby Saker Falcon. The last stop was at the Hórvalley-reservoir near Mezőkövesd where we saw some waders. We had a late dinner at Eger. Slept in the guest house at Egerszalók. 2 May We left Egerszalók at hrs. and drove to Tárkányi Lake (Tárkányi tó) at the village of Felsőtárkány. We walked around the lake and found a few Collared Flycatchers. We drove into the Bükk mountains to a house (Tamáskút) to look for Ural Owl but saw only two Tawny Owl chicks in a nestbox. We drove back to Felsőtárkány and turned left some kilometers before Felsőtárkány to Oldal-völgy and watched a female Ural Owl with two downy young on the nest. We left the Bükk mountains and watched a soaring Lesser Spotted Eagle at Rét-földdűlő near Felsőtárkány. Early in the evening we went to Töviskes-valley near Egerszalók where we heard European Scops-Owl, River Warbler, Common Quail and Corn Crake. We had dinner at Eger. Slept in the guest house at Egerszalók. Péter in the Bükk mountains 3 May We left Egerszaló at hrs. and drove to Körös-Maros Nemzeti Park near Réhely, Dévaványa and watched the Great Bustards from the tower. We then visited the ricefields of Kisújszállás. In the afternoon we birded with Zoltan near the town of Túrkeve and found Saker Falcon, Red-footed Falcon and European Roller. At we drove to Tiszafüred. Slept in Tisza Balneum Hotel at Tiszafúred Körös-Maros Nemzeti Park near Réhely, Dévaványa

5 4 May In the morning we visited the Red-footed Falcon colony at Kócsujfalu along road nr. 33 to Hortobágy and Debrecen. In the afternoon we walked along the river Tisza. Slept in Tisza Balneum Hotel at Tiszafúred 5 May We left Tiszafüred at hrs. and drove to Gödöllő to visit the Royal Palace. At hrs. we drove to the airport to bring back the car. We left Budapest by plane (KL 1978) at hrs and landed at Amsterdam at hrs. Map 2. Places visited on 3 May.

6 References In the field we used: - Svensson L, Mullarney K & Zetterström D, ANWB Vogelgids van Europa. Den Haag 2005 Péter and Juke at the guest house at Egerszalók. Wijk bij Duurstede, Holland, June 2012 Juke en Peter van Scheepen,

7 Systematic lists Birds 1. Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus) 1 seen at the hotel at Tiszafüred on Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo) 3 seen at the hotel at Tiszafüred on 4-5 and 1 there on Greylag Goose (Anser anser) Small numbers seen on 3, 4 and Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 5. Little Egret (Egretta garzetta) 20 seen at the ricefields of Kisújszállás on 3-5 and 1 near Kócsujfalu on Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea) 7. Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea) 1 seen at the ricefields of Kisújszállás on Great Egret (Casmerodius albus) 3 seen at the ricefields of Kisújszállás on 3-5 and 1 near Kócsujfalu on Squaco Heron (Ardeola ralloides) 1 seen at the ricefields of Kisújszállás on Black-crowned Night-Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) 2 seen at Hórvalley-reservoir on 1-5, 14 at the ricefields of Kisújszállás on 3-5 and 4 at Tiszafüred on 4-5 and 3 there on 5-5. Black-crowned Night-Heron, Tiszafüred

8 11. Eurasian Spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia) 1 seen flying at Kócsujfalu on White Stork (Ciconia ciconia) Common. Not seen in Budapest. White Stork, Tiszafüred 13. Black Kite (Milvus migrans) 1 seen en route from Budapest to Egerszalók on Western Marsh-Harrier (Circus aeruginosus) 15. Montagu's Harrier (Circus pypargus) 1 male seen at Körös-Maros Nemzeti Park near Réhely, Dévaványa on Eurasian Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus) 1 seen near Bükkzsérc on Common Buzzard (Buteo buteo) 18. Lesser Spotted Eagle (Aquila pomarina) 1 seen at Rét-föld-dűlő near Felsőtárkány on Eurasian Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) 2 seen at Budapest on 29-4, 1 at Rét-föld-dűlő near Felsőtárkány on 2-5, 3 at the Red-footed Falcon colony near Túrkeve on 3-5 and 1 at the Redfooted Falcon colony at Kócsujfalu on Red-footed Falcon (Falco vespertinus) 12 seen at 2 colonys near Túrkeve on 3-5 and 30 at the colony at Kócsujfalu on 4-5.

9 Red-footed Falcon, Kócsujfalu 21. Saker Falcon (Falco cherrug) 1 seen flying at a small village north of Mezőkövesd on 1-5, 1 seen flying high at the ricefields of Kisújszállás on 3-5 and 1 seen at a pylon with powerlines near Túrkeve on Common Quail (Coturnix coturnix) 1 heard at Töviskes-valley near Egerszalók on Common Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus) More heard then seen. 24. Corn Crake (Crex crex) 1 heard at Töviskes-valley near Egerszalók on Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra) 7 seen at the ricefields of Kisújszállás on 3-5 and 3 at Tiszafüred on Great Bustard (Otis tarda) 9 seen (including 7 displaying males) at Körös-Maros Nemzeti Park near Réhely, Dévaványa on Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa) 6 seen at the ricefields of Kisújszállás on Bar-tailed Godwit (Limosa lapponica) 2 seen at the ricefields of Kisújszállás on Common Redshank (Tringa totanus) 1 seen at Hórvalley-reservoir on 1-5, 1 at Töviskes-valley near Egerszalók on 2-5 and 2 at the ricefields of Kisújszállás on Common Greenshank (Tringa nebularia) 1 seen at Hórvalley-reservoir on 1-5, and 2 at the ricefields of Kisújszállás on Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola) 25 seen at Hórvalley-reservoir on 1-5, 10 at Töviskes-valley near Egerszalók on 2-5 and 25 at the ricefields of Kisújszállás on 3-5.

10 32. Common Sandpiper (Tringa hypoleucos) 1 seen at Hórvalley-reservoir on 1-5 and 1 at the ricefields of Kisújszállás on Dunlin (Calidris alpina) 50 seen at the ricefields of Kisújszállás on Ruff (Philomachus pugnax) 1000 seen at the ricefields of Kisújszállás on 3-5. Ruff, ricefields of Kisújszállás 35. Pied Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta) 2 seen at Hórvalley-reservoir on Collared Pratincole (Glareola pratincola) 7 seen at the ricefields of Kisújszállás on Little Ringed Plover (Charadrius dubius) 1 seen at Töviskes-valley near Egerszalók on 2-5, 3 at the ricefields of Kisújszállás on 3-5 and 1 at Tiszafüred on Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus) 1 seen at Hórvalley-reservoir on 1-5, 1 at Töviskes-valley near Egerszalók on 2-5 and 20 at the ricefields of Kisújszállás on Caspian Gull (Larus cachinnans) 6 seen at the ricefields of Kisújszállás on 3-5. Caspian Gull,, ricefields of Kisújszállás

11 40. Common Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibundus) 41. Little Gull (Larus minutus) 1 seen at the ricefields of Kisújszállás on Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybridus) 3 seen at the ricefields of Kisújszállás on White-winged Tern (Chlidonias leucopterus) 3 seen at the ricefields of Kisújszállás on Black Tern (Chlidonias niger) 2 seen at Hórvalley-reservoir on 1-5 and 15 at the ricefields of Kisújszállás on Stock Dove (Columba oenas) Small numbers seen outside Budapest. 46. Common Wood-Pigeon (Columba palumbus) 1 seen near Egerszalók on 1-5 and 2 at at the Red-footed Falcon colony at Kócsujfalu on European Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia turtur) 48. Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto) Common. 49. Common Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus) 50. European Scops-Owl (Otus scops) 1 heard at Töviskes-valley near Egerszalók on Tawny Owl (Strix aluco) 2 chicks in a nest box at Tamáskút, Bükk mountains and 1 heard at the Bükk mountains on Ural Owl (Strix uralensis) 1 female with 2 chicks in a nest at Oldal-völgy, Bükk mountains on 2-5. Ural Owl, Bükk mountains

12 53. Long-eared Owl (Asio otus) 1 adult, breeding in a nest box at the Red-footed Falcon colony near Túrkeve on 3-5. Long-eared Owl (in nest box), Túrkeve 54. Common Swift (Apus apus) 1 seen at Budapest on 29-4, 1 heard there on 30-4 and 2 seen at Eger on European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster) Heard at a small village north of Mezőkövesd, 15 seen at Töviskes-valley near Egerszalók on 2-5 and 1 at Tiszafüred on 4-5. European Bee-eater, Egerszalók 56. European Roller (Coracias garrulus) 2 seen at the Red-footed Falcon colony near Túrkeve on Eurasian Hoopoe (Upupa epops) 1 seen flying near Körös-Maros Nemzeti Park near Réhely, Dévaványa on Eurasian Wryneck (Jynx torquilla) 1 heard and 1 seen near Bükkzsérc on 1-5, 1 seen sitting on a wire at Rét-föld-dűlő, Felsőtárkány on 2-5 and 1 heard at Tiszafüred on 4-5. Eurasian Wryneck, Felsőtárkány

13 59. Middle Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos medius) 1 seen at Tamáskút, Bükk mountains on Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major) 3 seen near Bükkzsérc on 1-5, 3 at the Bükk mountains on 2-5 and 1 at Tiszafüred on Syrian Woodpecker (Dendrocopos syriacus) 1 seen at Tárkányi Lake, Felsőtárkány on 2-5 and 1 seen at the guest house at Egerszalók on Black Woodpecker (Dryocopus martius) 1 heard at the Bükk mountains on Eurasian Green Woodpecker (Picus viridis) 2 seen at Töviskes-valley near Egerszalók on 2-5 and 1 at Tiszafüred on Grey-headed Woodpecker (Picus canus) 3 seen at Tamáskút, Bükk mountains on Eurasian Jay (Garrulus glandarius) 3 heard near Bükkzsérc on 1-5, heard at the Bükk mountains on 2-5 and 1 seen along road nr 33 near Tiszafüred on Black-billed Magpie (Pica pic Small numbers seen daily. Not at Budapest. 67. Eurasian Jackdaw (Corvus monedula) 1 seen flying over the Danube at Budapest on 30-4 and 12 at the Redfooted Falcon colony at Kócsujfalu on Rook (Corvus frugilegus) 25 seen en route on 3-5, 30 at the Red-footed Falcon colony at Kócsujfalu on 4-5 and 7 near Tiszafüred on Hooded Crow (Corvus corone cornix) Hooded Crow, Budapest

14 70. Common Raven (Corvus corax) 2 heard Hór-valley near Cserépfalu on Eurasian Golden-Oriole (Oriolus oriolus) 5 seen together at a small park at Egerszalók on Red-backed Shrike (Lanius collurio) 1 male seen near Bükkzsérc on 1-5, 3 at Töviskes-valley near Egerszalók on 2-5 and 15 at Körös-Maros Nemzeti Park near Réhely, Dévaványa and at the ricefields of Kisújszállás on Lesser Grey Shrike (Lanius minor) 3 seen en route to Körös-Maros Nemzeti Park near Réhely, Dévaványa on 3-5. Lesser Grey Shrike, Dévaványa 74. Eurasian Blackbird (Turdus merula) 75. Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos) 76. Common Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)

15 77. Spotted Flycatcher (Muscicapa striata) 1 seen at Tamáskút, Bükk mountains on Collared Flycatcher (Ficedula albicollis) 6 seen at Tárkányi Lake, Felsőtárkány and 4 at Tamáskút, Bükk mountains on 2-5. Collared Flycatcher, Felsőtárkány 79. European Robin (Erithacus rubecula) 80. Common Nightingale (Luscinia megarhynchos) Common. 2 seen at Margit Island at Budapest on30-4. Common Nightingale, Budapest 81. Black Redstart (Phoenicurus ochruros)

16 Black Redstart, north of Mezőkövesd 82. Winchat (Saxicola rubetra) 15 seen at Körös-Maros Nemzeti Park near Réhely, Dévaványa and at the ricefields of Kisújszállás on 3-5. Whinchat, Dévaványa 83. Common Stonechat (Saxicola torquata) 1 seen at Bükkzsérc on 1-5, 1 at Töviskes-valley near Egerszalók on 2-5 and 15 at Körös-Maros Nemzeti Park near Réhely, Dévaványa and at the ricefields of Kisújszállás on Northern Wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe) 2 seen near Bükkzsérc on Eurasian Nuthatch (Sitta europaea) 3 seen at Margit Island at Budapest on 30-4 and 3 at Tárkányi Lake, Felsőtárkány and at the Bükk mountains on Short-toed Treecreeper (Certhia brachydactyla) 1 heard near Bükkzsérc on 1-5 and 1 at the Bükk mountains on Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus) 2 seen at Budapest on 29-4, 2 near Bükkzsérc on 1-5 and 5 at Tárkányi Lake, Felsőtárkány on Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) Barn Swallow,, north of Mezőkövesd

17 89. House Martin (Delichon urbica) 90. Goldcrest (Regulus regulus) 1 heard at the Bükk mountains on Grasshopper Warbler (Locustella naevia) 1 heard at Töviskes-valley near Egerszalók on Eurasian River Warbler (Locustella fluviatilis) 2 heard at Töviskes-valley near Egerszalók on Sedge Warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus) 10 heard at Körös-Maros Nemzeti Park near Réhely, Dévaványa and at the ricefields of Kisújszállás on Eurasian Reed-Warbler (Acrocephalus scirpaceus) 6 heard at Körös-Maros Nemzeti Park near Réhely, Dévaványa and at the ricefields of Kisújszállás on Marsh Warbler (Acrocephalus palustris) 1 heard at Körös-Maros Nemzeti Park near Réhely, Dévaványa on Great Reed-Warbler (Acrocephalus arundinaceus) 2 heard Töviskes-valley near Egerszalók on 2-5, 10 heard and seen at the ricefields of Kisújszállás on 3-5 and at Tiszafüred on 4 and Willow Warbler (Phylloscopus trochilus) 1 heard near Bükkzsérc on 1-5 and 1 at Tiszafüred on Eurasian Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita) Common, heard only. Not heard on 4 and Wood Warbler (Phylloscopus sibilatrix) 2 heard near Bükkzsérc on 1-5 and 2 the Bükk mountains on Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla) 101. Greater Whitethroat (Sylvia communis) 1 heard at Töviskes-valley near Egerszalók on 2-5 and 5 seen and heard at Körös-Maros Nemzeti Park near Réhely, Dévaványa and at the ricefields of Kisújszállás on Lesser Whitethroat (Sylvia curruca) 5 seen and heard at Körös-Maros Nemzeti Park near Réhely, Dévaványa and at the ricefields of Kisújszállás on Marsh Tit (Parus palustris) 1 seen at Tárkányi Lake, Felsőtárkány on Great Tit (Parus major)

18 105. Blue Tit (Parus caeruleus) 1 seen at Tárkányi Lake, Felsőtárkány on Crested Lark (Galerida cristata) 1 seen on road nr.3 en route to Egerszalók on 1-5 and 2 at Körös-Maros Nemzeti Park near Réhely, Dévaványa and at the ricefields of Kisújszállás on Eurasian Skylark (Alauda arvensis) 1 heard near Bükkzsérc on 1-5, 1 at Töviskes-valley near Egerszalók on 2-3 and 10 seen and heard at Körös-Maros Nemzeti Park near Réhely, Dévaványa and at the ricefields of Kisújszállás on House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 109. Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus) 110. White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) 1 seen en route to Egerszalók on 1-5, 3 at Tárkányi Lake, Felsőtárkány on 2-5, 15 at Körös-Maros Nemzeti Park near Réhely, Dévaványa and at the ricefields of Kisújszállás on 3-5, 5 at Tiszafüred on 4-5 and 1 there on 5-5. White Wagtail, Dévaványa 111. Yellow Wagtail (Motacilla flava flava) 1 seen en route to Egerszalók and 1 at Hórvalley-reservoir on 1-5, 1 at Töviskes-valley near Egerszalók on 2-5 and 30 at Körös-Maros Nemzeti Park near Réhely, Dévaványa and at the ricefields of Kisújszállás on 3-5. Yellow Wagtail, Dévaványa

19 112. Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea) 1 seen at Tárkányi Lake, Felsőtárkány on Tree Pipit (Anthus trivialis) 10 seen near Bükkzsérc on 1-5, 1 at Töviskes-valley near Egerszalók on 2-5 and 2 at Körös-Maros Nemzeti Park near Réhely, Dévaványa on Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs) Chaffinch, Tárkányi Lake, Felsőtárkány 115. European Serin (Serinus serinus) European Serin, Felsőtárkány 116. European Greenfinch (Carduelis chloris) 117. European Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis) 118. Eurasian Linnet (Carduelis cannabina) 2 seen at Tiszafüred on Hawfinch (Coccothraustes coccothraustes) 6 seen near Bükkzsérc on 1-5 and 1 at Tárkányi Lake, Felsőtárkány on Yellowhammer (Emberiza citrinella) 6 seen near Bükkzsérc on 1-5, 1 at Tiszafüred on 4-5 and 1 heard there on 5-5.

20 121. Rock Bunting (Emberiza cia) 1 male seen at Hór-valley near Cserépfalu on 1-5. Rock Bunting, Töviskes-valley 122. Corn Bunting (Emberiza calandra) 1 seen at Töviskes-valley near Egerszalók on 2-5 and 10 at Körös-Maros Nemzeti Park near Réhely, Dévaványa and at the ricefields of Kisújszállás on 3-5. Corn Bunting, Egerszalók

21 1. Roe Deer (Capreolus capreolus) Mammals Roe Deer, ricefields of Kisújszállás 2. Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) 1 seen at Töviskes-valley near Egerszalók on 2-5 and 2 at at the ricefields of Kisújszállás on Brown Hare (Lepus capensis) 4. Badger (Meles meles) 1 found shot near Bükkzsérc on 1-5.

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