A sunny day in the heart of Dolomites

Mountains are famous for their mutable and unpredictable climate: mists are common in cold mornings as well as tunderstorms are almost quotidian in the good season, but even snow is not impossible in summer. To find a so clear and sunny day as I found in the Croda da Lago group, with a completelly blue sky without any cloud, instead, it much rarer. Continue reading “A sunny day in the heart of Dolomites”

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Autumn in the Dolomiti Friulane

The Parco Naturale delle Dolomiti Friulane is one of the wildest and less populated areas of North-eastern Italy: are mountains that in many cases can exceed the 2,000 m, far from big cities, covered by vast forests and often protected by high cliffs or steep slopes from the mass tourism. Continue reading “Autumn in the Dolomiti Friulane”

Pygmy Owls in the Cadore

I’ve been in the Cadore side of Dolomiti Friulane in order to look for the Hazel Grouse, one of the most sought-after Italian birds, and, as usual, even if I couldn’t achieve the goal, I found something very special: 2 superb Eurasian Pygmy Owl (Glaucidium passerinum), the European smallest bird of prey! Continue reading “Pygmy Owls in the Cadore”

Etruscan Shrew and Dusky Warbler in the Oasi Celestina

The Oasi Celestina is a very small (12 ha) oasis managed by LIPU in the Reggio Emilia province that protects a couple of freshwater lakes and some patches of reedbeds, reforestations and meadows.

Three days ago the very bright Luca Bagni found there a mega rarity with less than 10 observations in Italy: an amazing Dusky Warbler (Phylloscopus fuscatus)! 

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Lizards and birding along the Trieste Gulf

The Isonzo river signs, on many aspects, a border between the North-italian plains of Po valley and the Balkan ranges that connect the Karst with Dinaric Alps and Dalmatia. That’s why the Trieste and Karst area is so special in Italy, because is often nearer to Slovenia and Croatia, about flora and fauna, than to the remaining part of the peninsula.

I visited the area in order to localize a couple of dalmatian lizards that here reach their north-eastern limit of distribution, but I enjoyed there the very rich avifauna as well. Continue reading “Lizards and birding along the Trieste Gulf”

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! Continue reading “Migration even on the Monte Grappa”

Raptors and butterflies in the Colli Asolani

This year I visited in total 3 times the Asolo hills (“Colli Asolani”), in Treviso province, during the second half of August, when since 1994 an increasing number of birdwatchers meet to count the raptors on fall migration. The usual number of counted birds, in about 3 weeks each year, was between 6,000 and 12,000, but in 2017 the migration was different, with a number of migrants much lower than usual (almost 4,000 birds), probably because of a different flyway taken, apparently far from the hills.  Continue reading “Raptors and butterflies in the Colli Asolani”