Tisza River and Floodplains
The Tisza and Tisza floodplains are managed by the Hortobagy National Park and consist of floodplains, oxbows lakes, riverbeds, colourful marsh meadows, wet grasslands, willow shrubberies, groves and marsh forests. The diversity of these wetlands provides living sites for a wide range of birds. Black Storks and White-tailed Eagle breed here and all herons can be seen together with waterfowl. Saker Falcon and Lesser Spotted Eagle have several couples. Black Kite is rare but possible. Penduline and bearded tits are common. With its gallery forest, oxbows, marshes, grasslands, sedges and willowgroves, you’ll get an idea of how comparable riversystems in Western Europe must have looked like a while ago.
The dikes along the river and the lake can be a treat for the ears. In the spring dozens of bird species mix their songs. Imagine the sound of River Warbler, Barred Warbler, Corn Bunting, Golden Oriole, Coocoo, Reed Warbler, Great Reed Warbler, Moustached Warbler, Savi’s Warbler, Icterine Warbler, Reed Bunting, Sedge Warbler all together! The villages around the Tisza support strong populations of Syrian Woodpecker.