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Hungary Species List May 2000

     

    Name Species Comments
    Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis Birds seen Aggtelek 20th, journey south 22nd & Hortobagy 25th.
    Great Crested Grebe Podiceps cristatus Small numbers seen almost daily on Hortobagy.
    Black-necked Grebe Podiceps nigricollis Seen almost daily on Hortobagy with maximum 8 on 25th.
    Pygmy Cormorant Phalacrocorax pygmeus A few birds seen at fish ponds on Hortobagy on 24th and 25th.
    Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo Seen daily on Hortobagy.
    Little Egret Egretta garzetta Common on Hortobagy with good numbers seen on 24th and 25th.
    Grey Heron Ardea cinerea Common on Hortobagy with birds also seen Aggtelek on 20th.
    Purple Heron Ardea purpurea Common on Hortobagy with good numbers seen 23rd, 24th & 25th.
    Great Egret Ardea alba Common on Hortobagy.
    Squacco Heron Ardeola ralloides Birds seen at fish ponds on Hortobagy on 24th and 25th.
    Black-crowned Night-heron Nycticorax nycticorax Common on Hortobagy, especially at fish ponds, birds seen daily.
    Little Bittern Ixobrychus minutus Good view of a fly-by adult male on Hortobagy on 25th.
    Bittern Botaurus stellaris Good numbers on Hortobagy with max 6 birds in flight on 24th.
    White Stork Ciconia ciconia Seen on nests throughout trip with 40+ birds seen in one field.
    Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus Three birds seen on Hortobagy on 25th.
    Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia Common on Hortobagy with max 10 birds seen on 24th & 25th.
    Mute Swan Cygnus olor Rare bird for area with pair seen near Tiszafured on 23rd.
    Greylag Goose Anser anser Quite common on Hortobagy.
    Red-breasted Goose Branta ruficollis Lone bird seen on Hortobagy on 25th with Greylag flock.
    Gadwall Anas strepera Quite common on Hortobagy with birds seen almost daily.
    Teal Anas crecca Birds seen on 23rd and 25th on Hortobagy.
    Mallard Anas platyrhynchos Common on Hortobagy with birds also seen Aggtelek on 20th.
    Garganey Anas querquedula Quite common on Hortobagy with maximum 25 birds seen on 25th.
    Shoveler Anas clypeata Birds seen on 24th only on Hortobagy.
    Red-crested Pochard Netta rufina Male seen on 24th only on Hortobagy.
    Pochard Aythya ferina Birds seen almost daily on Hortobagy.
    Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca Small numbers on Hortobagy fish ponds, max 12 birds seen 24th.
    Tufted Duck Aythya fuligula Birds seen on 24th only on Hortobagy.
    Honey-buzzard Pernis apivorus Single bird on 20th with two on 21st near Aggtelek.
    Black Kite Milvus migrans Single birds seen on 23rd and 25th on Hortobagy.
    Marsh Harrier Circus aeruginosus Birds common on Hortobagy & also seen Aggtelek 20th & 21st.
    Montagu's Harrier Circus pygargus Single males seen on 24th and 25th on Hortobagy.
    Goshawk Accipiter gentilis Single birds seen Aggtelek on 20th and journey south on 22nd.
    Buzzard Buteo buteo Birds common everywhere.
    Long-legged Buzzard Buteo rufinus Good views of soaring bird on Hortobagy on 25th.
    Lesser Spotted Eagle Aquila pomarina Good close-up of bird sitting in grassy field and subsequently flying on 21st near Aggtelek.
    Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca Bird seen Aggtelek on 21st with a pair in Zemplen Hills on journey south on 22nd.
    Kestrel Falco tinnunculus Fairly common on Hortobagy with bird also seen Aggtelek on 21st.
    Red-footed Falcon Falco vespertinus Birds quite common on Hortobagy with max 20 birds hunting 24th.
    Hobby Falco subbuteo Single bird flew close overhead on 23rd on early morning walk near hotel at Tiszafured.
    Saker Falcon Falco cherrug Bird seen at pylon nesting site on 24th with another nesting pair on 26th on Hortobagy.
    Grey Partridge Perdix perdix Just a few birds seen on journey south 22nd and Hortobagy 23rd.
    Quail Coturnix coturnix Birds heard daily. No sightings though, despite best efforts.
    Pheasant Phasianus colchicus Common throughout in small numbers.
    Corncrake Crex crex Birds heard only near Aggtelek on 20th and 21st.
    Water Rail Rallus Aquaticus One bird heard only on Hortobagy on 24th.
    Moorhen Gallinula chloropus A few seen near Aggtelek on 20th and on Hortobagy on 24th.
    Coot Fulica atra Common in small numbers on Hortobagy
    Common Crane Grus grus Calling groups seen on three days above fish ponds on Hortobagy with maximum of 150 on 24th.
    Great Bustard Otis tarda Distant sighting of 3 males in heat haze near Nagyivan on 24th.
    Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus 3 birds at fish ponds on Hortobagy on 24th.
    Pied Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta Birds seen on 24th and 25th on Hortobagy with maximum of 20.
    Stone-curlew Burhinus oedicnemus Good views of 6 birds near Nagyivan on 24th.
    Collared Pratincole Glareola pratincola Two birds seen Hortobagy on 24th.
    Grey Plover Pluvialis squatarola Adult male seen in almost pristine summer plumage on Hortobagy on 24th plus one juvenile.
    Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticula Few birds seen Hortobagy on 23rd and 24th.
    Lapwing Vanellus vanellus Birds locally common throughout. Seen on 5 days.
    Common Snipe Gallinago gallinago Single birds seen Hortobagy on 23rd and 24th.
    Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa Fairly common and seen on three days on Hortobagy.
    Curlew Numenius arquata One bird only seen on Hortobagy on 23rd.
    Redshank Tringa totanus Quite common in small numbers on Hortobagy. Seen on 3 days.
    Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola Four birds seen on Hortobagy on 23rd.
    Little Stint Calidris minuta Twenty birds seen at fish ponds on Hortobagy on 24th.
    Dunlin Calidris alpina A few birds seen Hortobagy on 23rd and 24th.
    Ruff Philomachus pugnax Two females seen on Hortobagy on 24th.
    Yellow-legged Gull Larus michahellis Birds seen on three days with up to 200 on Hortobagy on 24th.
    Black-headed Gull Larus ridibundus Very common on Hortobagy and seen on 4 days.
    Common Tern Sterna hirundo A few birds seen on three days on Hortobagy.
    Whiskered Tern Chlidonias hybridus Common at fish ponds & marshes on Hortobagy. Seen on 3 days.
    White-winged Tern Chlidonias leucopterus Very common on Hortobagy and seen on 3 days.
    Black Tern Chlidonias niger Least common of the marsh terns on Hortobagy. Seen on 3 days
    Wood Pigeon Columba palumbus Common throughout.
    Turtle Dove Streptopelia turtur Common throughout.
    Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto Very common throughout.
    Cuckoo Cuculus canorus Common throughout.
    Little Owl Athene noctua One on farm rooftop near Nagyivan on 24th.
    Swift Apus apus Only a few birds seen Aggtelek on 21st & on Hortobagy on 23rd.
    Kingfisher Alcedo atthis Single bird heard near Aggtelek on 20th.
    European Bee-eater Merops apiaster First seen on journey south on 22nd then on next 3 days on Hortobagy, including a nesting colony.
    Roller Coracias garrulus Good views of single birds on Hortobagy on 23rd and also journey back to Budapest on 26th.
    Hoopoe Upupa epops Several good views of single birds near Aggtelek & on Hortobagy.
    Wryneck Jynx torquilla Single birds common at Aggtelek with birds also seen on Hortobagy. Seen on two days in both areas.
    Lesser Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos minor Bird seen in woods near Aggtelek on 20th.
    Great Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos major Quite common throughout esp near Aggtelek. Seen on 5 days.
    Syrian Woodpecker Dendrocopos syriacus Pair seen nesting near hotel on Hortobagy on 23rd.
    Black Woodpecker Dryocopus martius Bird heard in woods behind Aggtelek hotel on 21st with pair seen on 22nd responding to guide's calls.
    Green Woodpecker Picus viridis Bird seen on Hortobagy on 25th.
    Crested Lark Galerida cristata Fairly common throughout esp near roadsides on Great Plain.
    Skylark Alauda arvensis Fairly common throughout.
    Sand Martin Riparia riparia Common in small numbers driving south on 22nd & on Hortobagy.
    Swallow Hirundo rustica Very common and widespread. Seen daily.
    House Martin Delichon urbica Common throughout especially near settlements. Seen daily..
    Tawny Pipit Anthus campestris Birds seen at Nagyivan on 24th.
    Tree Pipit Anthus trivialis Single bird seen at Aggtelek on 21st only.
    White Wagtail Motacilla alba Common throughout. Seen daily.
    Yellow Wagtail Motacilla flava Common in and around Hortobagy. Mainly Blue-headed race.
    Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea Single bird Aggtelek 20th & on way there from Budapest on 19th.
    Wren Troglodytes troglodytes Seen at Aggtelek on 20th only, but freqently heard.
    Robin Erithacus rubecula A bit of a skulker but single birds seen on 3 days near Aggtelek.
    Nightingale Luscinia megarhynchos Seen at Aggtelek 20th & Hortobagy 25th. Birds heard most days.
    White-spotted Bluethroat Luscinia svecica cyanecula Excellent views of singing males around nest sites on fish ponds on Hortobagy on 23rd and 24th.
    Black Redstart Phoenicurus ochruros Common near Aggtelek and seen on three days.
    Whinchat Saxicola rubetra Bird seen on 20th near Aggtelek.
    Common Stonechat Saxicola torquata Common roadside bird throughout.
    Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe Birds seen near Aggtelek on 21st and on Hortobagy on 25th.
    Blackbird Turdus merula Common at Aggtelek with birds seen on journeys to and from Hortobagy on 22nd and 26th.
    Song Thrush Turdus philomelos Common at Aggtelek with birds also seen on journeys to and from Aggtelek 19th and 22nd.
    Mistle Thrush Turdus viscivorus Birds seen on 20th near Aggtelek.
    Grasshopper Warbler Locustella naevia Reeling bird eventually located with subsequent good views on Hortobagy on 24th.
    River Warbler Locustella fluviatilis Calling bird seen well near Aggtelek on 20th & one heard 21st.
    Savi's Warbler Locustella luscinioides Singing bird seen well on Hortobagy on 25th.
    Aquatic Warbler Acrocephalus paludicola Poor views of two singing males near Nagyivan on 24th.
    Sedge Warbler Acrocephalus schoenobaenus Numerous birds seen on 23rd, 24th and 25th on Hortobagy.
    Reed Warbler Acrocephalus scirpaceous Bird heard singing only on Hortobagy on 25th.
    Marsh Warbler Acrocephalus palustris Good views of singing birds near Aggtelek on 20th and journey south on 22nd with birds also heard on Hortobagy
    Great Reed-warbler Acrocephalus arundinaceus A few calling birds seen well on three days on Hortobagy.
    Willow Warbler Phylloscopus trochilus Heard only near Aggtelek on 21st.
    Icterine Warbler Hippolais icterina Single bird seen well on early walk near hotel at Tiszafured 25th.
    Whitethroat Sylvia communis Single bird seen near Aggtelek on 20th.
    Lesser Whitethroat Sylvia curruca Birds heard on Hortobagy on 23rd and then several calling birds seen well on 25th.
    Barred Warbler Sylvia nisoria Skulking males responded to guide's calls near Aggtelek on 20th and 21st plus male showing well in Zemplen Hills on 22nd
    Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita Birds frequently heard near Aggtelek and on Hortobagy with single bird found near Aggtelek on 20th.
    Wood Warbler Phylloscopus sibilatrix Birds heard near Aggtelek on 20th and seen well on 21st.
    Goldcrest Regulus regulus Bird seen at Aggtelek on 21st.
    Spotted Flycatcher Muscicapa striata Relatively common in small numbers throughout with good views on Hortobagy. Seen on 5 days.
    Collared Flycatcher Ficedula albicollis Single birds seen in woods near Aggtelek on 20th and 21st and also heard on Hortobagy on 22nd.
    Bearded Tit Panurus biarmicus Birds heard calling around fish ponds on Hortobagy 24th & 25th.
    Long-tailed Tit Aegithalos caudatus Birds seen on 20th only near hotel at Aggtelek.
    Marsh Tit Parus palustris Bird seen on 20th near Aggtelek.
    Coal Tit Parus ater Bird seen near hotel at Aggtelek on 20th.
    Great Tit Parus major Only seen at Aggtelek on 20th and 21st.
    Nuthatch Sitta europaea Birds seen feeding young near Aggtelek hotel on 19th and 20th.
    Treecreeper Certhia familiaris Bird seen near Aggtelek on 21st and heard on 22nd on Hortobagy.
    Penduline-tit Remiz pendulinus Bird seen near nest on small river near Aggtelek on 20th and on Hortobagy on 25th.
    Golden Oriole Oriolus oriolus Numerous views of fly-bys throughout with prolonged views of male perched in the open near Aggtelek on 20th.
    Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurio Very common at roadsides & particularly at Aggtelek. Seen daily.
    Lesser Grey Shrike Lanius minor Excellent views daily on Hortobagy with birds also seen on journeys to and from Hortobagy on 22nd and 26th.
    Jay Garrulus glandarius Few birds seen near Aggtelek on 20th and 21st.
    Magpie Pica pica Common throughout. Seen daily.
    Jackdaw Corvus monedula Common locally on and near Hortobagy. Seen on 3 days.
    Rook Corvus frugilegus Common on Hortobagy. Seen on 3 days.
    Hooded Crow Corvus corone cornix Common throughout and seen daily.
    Raven Corvus corax Birds seen at Aggtelek on 20th & 21st and on Hortobagy on 23rd.
    Rosy Starling Sturnus roseus Small flock of 7 birds flew swiftly by on Hortobagy on 24th.
    Starling Sturnus vulgaris Very common throughout. Seen daily.
    House Sparrow Passer domesticus Very common throughout. Seen daily.
    Tree Sparrow Passer montanus Very common throughout. Seen daily.
    Chaffinch Fringilla coelebs Few birds seen on four days throughout.
    Serin Serinus serinus Birds seen near Aggtelek 19th & 21st, more frequently only heard.
    Greenfinch Carduelis chloris Few birds seen near Aggtelek 20th & 21st & on Hortobagy 22nd.
    Goldfinch Carduelis carduelis Quite common throughout esp on Hortobagy. Seen on 6 days.
    Linnet Carduelis cannabina Few birds seen near Aggtelek 20th & 21st & on Hortobagy 22nd.
    Hawfinch Coccothraustes coccothraustes Several fly-by birds seen well near Aggtelek on 20th and 21st.
    Yellowhammer Emberiza citrinella Quite common throughout and few birds seen almost daily.
    Reed Bunting Emberiza schoeniclus Quite common on Hortobagy. Seen on 3 days.
    Corn Bunting Miliaria calandra Common throughout especially on Hortobagy and usually on roadside wires. Seen daily.

     

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