Record number of saker falcon chicks born this year in Körös-Maros National Park

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Record number of saker falcon chicks born in the Körös-Maros National Park this year said Imre Tóth the manager of the National Park.

In the spring 33 falcon couples nestled in the national part of whom 24 successfully laid eggs and a total of 77 chicks have been hatched. The fact that so many chicks have been born this year due to the favorable weather conditions, which resulted the proliferation of field mice so the birds had plenty of food.

The falcon, in addition to rodents also feeds on pigeons, mockingbirds and crows. Saker falcons were reintroduce in the Körös-Maros national park in the mid- nineties. Initially, thirty falcon couples have been moved to the Nagysárrét, Gyomaendrőd, Túrkeve and Dévaványa area. Due to the strict bird protection measures taken by wild-life officials the program succeeded beyond expectations. The first falcon chicks were born in 2002; since then, the falcon population has been growing steadily; today, the saker falcon population spread to all parts of the national park.

The Ecseg and Dévaványa area includes the largest falcon nesting population with a total of ten pairs.

Saker falcons do not build nests, they use the abandoned nests of imperial eagles and white-tailed eagles to lay eggs and hatch chicks; or they use “hatching boxes” placed on the top of trees or high voltage poles.

In the Körös-Maros National Park more than fifty pieces of artificial nests installed on high voltage pylons pointed out the manager of the national park.

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