Central ItalyThe Tirrenium coast is a large area including Tuscany and Latium with many opportunities to go birding especially outside the hunting season. From North to South, there are several marsh areas surrounded by Mediterranean macchia which can be attractive for overseas birders. Lago di Massaciuccoli near Pisa is an important stopover place for migrants in spring (March-May) but hunting pressure in Autumn is too high for a very productive birding visit. Close to Migliarino-San Rossore reserve area, the river Serchio`s mouth is a hotspot for migrants (the first Booted Warbler for Italy was seen here in 1999) and for seabirds. Try to spot Yelkouan and Mediterranean Shearwaters from the coast.
Padule di Fucecchio is a natural reserve area between Pistoia and Lucca with an observation tower and is surely worth a visit. European Night-heron, Squacco and Purple Herons and Cattle Egret are breeding in a small heronry, as well as Moustached Warbler (A melanopogon); Savi`s and Cetti`s Warblers. The southern part of Tuscany is called Maremma, one of the few remaining wild areas in Italy, which is also known for the Etruscan necropolis. The area is also noteworthy for birding, with Short-toed Eagle, Lanner, European Roller and Great-spotted Cuckoo and a lot of songbirds. I recommend a visit to the Orbetello lagoon and Monti dell`Uccellina. During migration the Arcipelago toscano is a necessary stopover for several migrants. In April-May almost anything can pass here, especially through Capraia which is an important ringing station for birds from all over the Mediterranean. Other sites of interest in Central Italy : Monti dellaTolfa, PN del Circeo, PN Monti Sibillini, PN d`Abruzzo.
North East ItalyDon`t miss the coastal lagoon area between Venice and Trieste, especially the Riserva Naturale Isola della Cona e foce dell`Isonzo, which offers one of the most impressive birding facility in Italy. From its superb watch tower, you can spot more than 100 species in a day (294 is the whole reserve`s check list); including: Spoonbill, Cattle and Squacco Herons, Greylag Goose, Glossy Ibis, at least 20 species of Waders, and in Nov-Jan, thousands of curlew (and Whimbrel) and flocks of hundreds of over-wintering ducks. In the same area, Marano and Grado lagoons and Caorle lagoon (N Venice lagoon) are also nice spots. A particular mention should be made of the Parco naturale del delta del Po (Po Delta); which is the widest marsh delta area in Italy, and a suitable area for Gull-billed Tern, Mediterranean Gull, Pygmy Cormorant, Black and Whiskered Tern, Ferruginous Duck and of course for migrant ducks and waders. The most well-known areas for birding in the Po delta are Sacca degli Scardovari, Valle Bertuzzi Valle Mandriole, Punta Alberete and Valle Cavanata. Not far from the coast another interesting area is Valle del Mezzano (with a Red-footed Falcon colony) which can be visited along with Valli Santa e Campotto. If you want to visit here I would recommend an overnight stay in the ancient city of Ravenna.
Northern ItalyThe Alps are one of the remaining wildernesses left in the whole of Europe. If you are interested in alpine birds, the Italian side of the Alps can offer the following: Red-billed Chough, Alpine Chough, Rock Partridge, Alpine Accentor, Snow Finch, Treecreeper and of course, Golden Eagle and Lammergeiger. In the Alps it is difficult to recommend a single spot: but Parco nazionale del Gran Paradiso (NW Italy) hosts both Alpine and Red-billed Chough, Parco nazionale dello Stelvio (NE Italy) Lammergeiger as well as Hazel Grouse and Capercaille, and the Dolomites area in Trentino is very good for Black Woodpecker, Pygmy and Tengmalm`s Owls.
SardiniaSardinia is another recommended birding destination; it looks different from Sicily with much wider Mediterranean macchia and oak forests and more salty lagoons that are important sites for endangered species (Purple Swamphen, Greater Flamingo, & Slender-billed Gull). Close to Cagliari, Molentargius & stagni di Quartu are nice spots especially for breeding Greater Flamingos, Gull-billed Tern and Slender-billed Gull. Also the secretive Purple Swamphen is present. The place is difficult to explore, since a reed bed strip hampers the view of Molentargius lake, but Quartu ponds are easy to locate and in open view. San Pietro island hosts one of the best known Eleonora`s Falcon colony, and the island is also good for small passerines such as Marmora`s Warbler. On the W coast, the Stagni di Cabras & Santa Giusta are salt-water ponds and an important area for migrant waders and ducks: not far from here, a Griffon Vulture colony (Bosa) is of particular interest since some pairs regularly breed on the sea cliffs. For those interested in mountain areas, Gennargentu & Parco Nazionale Golfo Orosei are unbelievably wild and remote sites with plenty of inaccessible gorges where, formerly, Griffon and Lammergeiger as well as the Hooded Vulture were breeding. Finally, in the North West is the wonderful Asinara Island, which is now accessible for birding (Shag, Rock Sparrow, and much more - you have to book in advance).
SicilySicily is a wild, fascinating place, and, whilst birding is not easy, it can offer some incredible surprises! Sicily hosts the biggest Lanner population in Europe (100-120 pairs); 15-20 pairs of Bonelli`s Eagle, Egyptian Vulture (a few, and declining); the most important Collared Pratincole colony in Italy (Biviere di Gela); and is the most important raptor-migration hotspot in the Southern Mediterranean. The only records of Amur Falcon in the Western Palaearctic have been reported from the Stretto di Messina, along with 20-30.000 Honey Buzzards, some individual Long-legged and Steppe Buzzards, Pallid Harrier, Siberian Peregrine and the occasionally Barbary Falcon. If you need more information about the anti-poaching camp, please contact us. The Eastern Coast: (Foce del Simeto, Saline di Priolo, Saline di Siracusa, Vendicari, Longarini) is a poorly known area, but really is a vagrant trap for migrants crossing the Western Mediterranean towards the Balkans. Isabelline Wheatear, Isabelline Shrike, Sociable Plover, Caspian Gull, Great black-headed Gull can be seen here (but is, of course, ia matter of luck) in May-June, this part of Sicily is also very scenic! On the opposite side of Sicily, Riserva naturale dello Stagnone e saline di Trapani and near Palermo, the Riserva dello Zingaro are two beautiful areas well worth a visit.
Southern ItalyTwo destinations stand out above all others and are recommended. The first one is the Apulian Murgia, an open dry plateau with the largest colony of Lesser Kestrel in continental Italy, (also good for Black-eared Wheatear, Roller, Tawny Pipit, Calandra Lark, Nightjar and Barn Owl) and on the coast, the poorly known Daunia Risi & Saline di Mafredonia, famous due the over wintering presence of a few Slender-billed Curlews some year ago (- you have to book in advance -).
Number of bird species: 547
A Birdwatchers Guide to Italyby Luciano Ruggieri & Igor Festari Lynx Edicions 2005
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...The fauna of Parco del Delta del Po is undoubtedly one of the most valuable elements of the protected area. Besides the Park's 460 Vertebrate species, the birds of the Po Delta represent an extraordinarily precious heritage, with more than 300 reported species during the last decades, 150 of which are nesting and more than 180 wintering. Such richness turns the Park into the most important ornithological area in Italy and one of the most relevant in Europe...
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