Hortobágy National Park Directorate
Tourism - News 2015-04-23

Who’s that bird?

 

Along the Tisza-lake Water walkway, the directorate is improving the nesting conditions of cavity nesting birds by setting up nest boxes. Furthermore, the different types of artificial boxes are exhibitied here.

Photos: Gábor Soós

The ‘Type A’ nestbox is appropriate for the smallest songbirds such as the blue tit (Cyanistes caeruleus). In one of these boxes placed in a gallery forest next to the walkway, there is a 4-egg clutch of a great tit (Parus major).

The ‘Type B’ nestbox can also house a bit larger birds such as the nuthatch (Sitta europaea). Along the walkway, such nestboxes in the gallery forest and on the island are already occupied by great tit pairs, one having 7, the other only one egg.

Nest box type ‘A’  Nest box type ‘B’

 

The entrance of ‘Type C’ nest boxes is rectangular. The smaller sized boxes are favoured by wagtails (Motacilla alba), while similar but large boxes are apt for kestrels and owls, too. However, unoccupied large boxes are often taken by jays, and in fact, a jay has already laid 3 eggs in one of our boxes. And who knows what is hidden in another box in the gallery forest?

Nest box type ‘C’

A legnagyobb méretű odútípus a „D” típusú, vagy szalakóta odú. A Vízi Sétányon két ilyen kerek berepülő nyílással rendelkező odút is kihelyeztünk, s mindkettőbe egy-egy seregélypár épített fészket. 

Nest box type ‘D’  treecreeper nest box

 

The largest of our boxes is the type D nest box or roller nest box. We have placed two of these circular etrance boxes along the walkway and both are occupied by starlings.

 

 

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