Wednesday, 21 May 2008
Destinations: Zemplen Hills, Hungary
These hills lie in north-east Hungary about 35 km NE of Miskolc and stretch to the Slovakian border. The west of the area is flanked by the River Hernad, the east by the River Bodrog. They are mainly covered in deciduous forests and woodlands which are home to Ural Owl and nine species of woodpecker. Eagle Owl breeds in some of the more rocky areas. Honey Buzzard, Eastern Imperial, Lesser Spotted and Short-toed Eagles soar over open areas. Black Stork is around and White Stork common in villages along the rivers. Bee-eaters are often found in these valleys, too. Passerines include Collared (common) and Red-breasted (rare) Flycatchers, Red-backed Shrike, Barred and Wood Warblers, Woodlark and Hawfinch.