During these days we will visit the following areas if they have better birding opportunities than equivalent areas within the park;
- Lake Tisza with its surrounding floodplains as well as the River Tisza. Lake Tisza was created as part of the River Tisza flood control project and is 127 sqkms with a length of 27kms but with an average depth of just 1.3mtrs making it ideal for all types of water birds.
- Heves Plain which is typical central european steppe land.
There are great flocks of migratory birds on the mud-flats and drained areas. These flocks are often disturbed by raptors including the White-tailed Eagle, Peregrine or Saker Falcon. Osprey is also present. Other common birds are Bearded and Penduline Tit and Bluethroat.
On the plains we can expect to see Great Bustard, Montagu"s Harrier and Stone Curlew. Amongst the grassy tussocks we will look for the Aquatic Warbler and on the dusty roads we will see Tawny Pipit. Sand Martin, Bee-eater, Hoopoe and Roller are also common.
At the fish-ponds amongst the myriad of shorebirds of terns, ducks, egrets and herons we will search for Black and Red Necked Grebe as well as for Ferriuginous Duck and Black and White Stork.
The small Robinia forest is a good place for Red-Footed Falcon, Lesser Grey and Red Backed Shrike. At the days end we hope to see Long-eared Owl.
The northern part of the Park is drier and the grassland is full of sousliks which are the favourite food of Eastern Imperial Eagle, Saker and Long-legged Buzzard. We should see Northern Goshawk and with some luck a Lesser Spotted Eagle. This part is also good for Little and Long-eared Owl. Common Crane will be found on the man-made wetland of Dinnyes-lapos.
Now we transit to the Zemplin Hills, another World Heritage Site sitting in the foothills of the Carpathians, birding the journey and looking for our first woodpeckers in the old wood of Debrecen and later the Greater Short-toed Lark. The most southern tip of the hills is the Tokaj region famous for its excellent white wines which we will have a chance to sample.
In this area we will not only bird the oak and beech woods but also the abandoned quarries where we hope to find 9 species of woodpecker. These include the Syrian, Grey-Headed, White Backed, Black, Great and Middle Spotted Woodpecker.
In the clearings and around the woods we will see Collared Flycatchers, Serin and Hawfinch. Here we also look for the Honey Buzzard, Lesser Spotted, Short-toed and Eastern Imperial Eagles.
We will also bird the Bodrog River for Crakes, Barred and River Warbler and for species we may have missed earlier. Icterine and Grasshopper Warblers are also a possibility. Nightingales are abundant.