Tuesday, 19 February 2008

Special birds: Common Crane

Common Cranes Grus grus breed in the Baltic States and Poland in large numbers. A few pairs also nest in the Czech Republic. They are fairly easy to find in the north of the region from April through to September. In autumn these large but graceful birds head south to wintering areas in North Africa and the Middle East and pass through and stop-off in all the countries highlighted in this blog. However, the greatest concentrations reside in eastern Hungary in October. In recent years over 100,000 Common Cranes have been counted in the Hortobagy National Park in late October where they rest on drained ponds and feed-up in surrounding farmlands and grasslands before moving on as winter proper arrives in November.

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