Thursday, 13 March 2008

Destinations: Bukk Hills - Hungary

The Bukk Hills lie in NE Hungary about 2 hours NE of Budapest, just to the west of Miskolc. It is a heavily forested range, mainly deciduous. Breeding raptors include Honey Buzzard, Short-toed, Lesser Spotted and Eastern Imperial Eagles and Goshawk. Booted Eagle is sometimes seen. There are White Storks in villages and Black Storks in the more secluded forests. Ural and Tawny Owls are also here, but not always easy to find without local help. Eight woodpecker species are resident. Songbirds include, in spring and summer, Woodlark, Grey Wagtail, Red-breasted Flycatcher (rare), Collared Flycatcher (common), Wood Warbler, Barred Warbler, Red-backed Shrike and Rock Bunting. The area is crossed with marked walking trails. Spring (April & May) is the overall best time to visit though autumn and winter can be productive for woodpeckers, too. Much of the Bukk is a National Park

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