Migration even on the Monte Grappa

The mount Grappa is usually a great birding place during the breeding season, when tens of rare birds, including Corn Crake, Common Rock-thrush and Ring Ouzel, breed. But also during migration time can offer some surprises: I was there in order to find some Dottorels (not found), but I observed some other interesting migrants!

The first surprise was and amazing Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) on migration at more than 1,700 m of altitude, almost at the top of the mount!

Near the preak, I found some other things like Field Gentians (Gentianella campestris), a Garden Spider (Araneus diadematus) and a lot of Small Heaths (Coenonympha pamphilus).

But the most interesting were passerines, with a lot of migrants  catching flies on the edge of a grove: Black Redstarts (Phoenicurus ochruros), Blackcaps (Sylvia atricapilla), Chiffchaffs (Phylloscopus collybita), Willow Warblers (Phylloscopus trochilus), Pied Flycatchers (Ficedula hypoleucos) and a beautiful male of Common Redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus).

Coming back, the light made the landscapes even better than usual.

I observed some more things, including 5 Honey Buzzards (Pernis apivorus), an Alpine Chamois (Rupicapra rupicapra) and wonderful Epilobium dodonaei.

But the last surprise was a new species for me, the “cave donkey”!!

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Luca Boscain

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