Being long-term migrants, Rollers have already headed towards the southern parts of Africa. While some of them has already reached Sahel region, other individuals could have been still seen in the grasslands of Hungary in the past weeks. Number of Roller is growing year by year in the area of the national park directorate, mainly because of the nestboxes installed by professional staff. In this article we are going to detail the breeding results of Rollers in 2018.
The bird named „Hadnagy” received its tag in the summer of 2017. The tag was working until the middle of last month, but we haven’t received any signal for the past few weeks. We started to worry that the bird died at the southern Sahara, but luckily tha tag started to send data again 2 days ago. We were exceptionally happy to see that “Hadnagy” is in Turkey already, taking the same route as he did in the autumn, instead of the usual loop migration.
We’ve finished designing and printing the information boards for the educational trail a long time ago, however we needed to wait months before they can be installed. Late winter frosty soil held us back at the beginning, and then melting snow and plenty of rain in the early spring created standing water, making many of the installation areas inaccessible.
The logging of the invasive oleaster trees (Elaeagnus angustifolia) in the project sites of the southern Great Plain of Hungary started as part of the ‘C1 – Restoring steppe habitats’ project action. The aim of the action is to create ideal roller foraging habitat by demonstrative habitat restoration.