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Tuesday, March 2, 2021 20:04
Nationally significant numbers of forest owls have overwintered on the pine trees and thuja of Tarnaörs, writes the Heves County news portal, heol.hu.
Although Heves County is not a forest “owl great power” in winter compared to the parts of the Great Plain, hundreds of them survived the cold period in the flat areas this year as well. At the end of January, the Hungarian Ornithological and Nature Conservation Association’s (MME) Department of Bird Conservation, local groups, staff and volunteers, the National Park Nature Conservation Service, and the population counted forest owls again this year. Most of them were found in the Great Plain parts of the county, although they were also sought in the mountainous areas, in Mikófalva, Verpelét and Eger the participants did not meet them in the observed places.
Ágnes Kovács, the forest owl species protection coordinator of the MME Department of Bird Conservation, told our newspaper that more and more people take part in the census every year, this year more than half a thousand people joined the initiative. This year, by the way, observations were also made in settlements that were not previously. Now the inner population was measured in twenty-seven settlements in Heves county. We had the highest proportion of villages and towns where forest owls could not be seen.
In two-thirds and eighteen of the settlements included in the census, the participants did not find them.
Where it was, however, there were quite a few: 425 owls were found during the four days of the sync. Most of them, 114, were met in Tarnaörs, which is a nationally high number. Poroszló also had an abundance of owls, where 74 were counted, fifty in Kömlő, forty-five in Nagyréd, forty in Füzesabony, thirty-four in Maklár and thirty in Besenyőtelk. According to the map, even in Heréd and Ludas, birds overwintered on the evergreen pine trees and thuja, where they like to spend their day rest hiding.
We learned from Ágnes Kovács that she monitors the number of owls in Jász-Nagykun-Szolnok county on a weekly basis, based on this it can be said that many people are constantly present in the area, which means that they have enough food.
The survey was conducted in the eastern part of the county and in the western part of Borsod, ie from Kál to Kazincbarcika, mostly by members of the MME Bükk Local Group. We learned from Tamás Szitta, the chairman of the group, that they searched for their traces in their usual and hitherto unknown living places. Municipalities were also asked for help, receiving feedback from several locations, data on owls, and there were newly responding local authorities.
Tamás Szitta said that they tried to observe the forest owls during the day and during the evening hauling. It is well known that their presence depends on the number of rodents. And last year, the pockets had a gradation, the density of their individuals increased, and even now there were many of them on the border. And this attracted not only owls but also other birds of prey.
He betrayed the barn owls in the forest, they migrate in the winter and then move further north when the better weather arrives, but some of them stay here and spend their time in the lowland areas.
According to Tamás Szitta, forest owls must be actively protected, as they do for free what farmers can only do for a lot of money, burdening the environment, ie exterminating rodents. According to the MME, each wood owl kills an average of 2 and a half prey animals, the size of a mouse or a field rat. According to this, according to the survey, 16 thousand 455 owls wintering in Hungary during the three winter months will kill at least 4.1 million rodents that also cause agricultural damage. The total weight of the prey, calculated on average size individuals, is 102.8 tons.
The forest owls wintering in the county have hunted more than one hundred and six thousand pests in the abundant three months, that is, they have made great profits.
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