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Destinations > ZEMPLÉN FOREST RESERVE
A Wold Heritage Site including Tokaj, where ”the wine of the kings, king of the wines” is produced

WHY ZEMPLÉN? Full bird list of Zemplén (downloadable)
  1. Pristine landscape with rolling Carpathian foothills
  2. Superb healthy deciduous forest ecosystem
  3. Excellent food and wine
  4. Black Stork is a common breeder and passage migrant
  5. 15 pairs of Eastern Imperial Eagles
  6. Many other breeding raptors (Lesser Spotted, Golden and Short-toed Eagles, Honey Buzzard and Goshawk)
  7. Over 200 pairs of Corncrakes
  8. 15 pairs of Eagle Owls and 100 pairs of Ural Owls breeding
  9. Bee-eaters and Collared Flycatchers are common breeders
  10. Nine species of woodpeckers breeding
  11. Probably the highest White-backed Woodpecker density in Europe with over 100 pairs breeding
  12. Some spectacular warblers are abundant breeders (Barred, River, Marsh, Icterine)

Habitat diversity:
(1) small peaks (2) oak and beech forested slopes (3) open valleys (4) meandering rivers (5) floodplains (6) quarries

Bird specialities and best watchig period
Bird specialities Best watching period
Black Stork Late March to September
Golden Eagle March to October
Imperial Eagle Mid-March to October
Lesser Spotted Eagle Late March to August
Short-toed Eagle Late March to August
Black Kite May to August
Honey Buzzard May to August
Goshawk February to November
Corncrake Early May to mid-June
Eagle Owl March to November
Ural Owl all year round; best time in April and May
Nightjar May to June
Bee-eater May to August
Black Wodpecker all year round
Grey-headed Woodpecker all year round
Syrian Woodpecker all year round
Middle-spotted Woodpecker all year round
White-backed Woodpecker all year round
Lesser Spotted Woodpecker all year round
Wryneck Mid-April to August
Woodlark April to October
Dipper Late April to November
Alpine Accentor irregular,best November to February
Thrush Nightingale Second part of August
Barred Warbler Late April to August
Marsh Warbler Second week of May to June
River Warbler Early May to June
Icterine Warbler second half of May and August
Wood Warbler May to August
Collared Flycatcher Mid-April to June
Long-tailed Tit March to November
Wallcreeper irregular, best November
Red-backed Shrike Late April to September
Rose-coloured Starling 23rd to 27th of May
Golden Oriole Late April to September
Serin April to August
Hawfinch all year round
Rock Bunting irregular, best November to March

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