Last butterflies and orchids in the Colli Euganei

Colli Euganei, the range of vulcanic hills in the west of Padua, are one of the best sites where to find a large variety of orchids, but in autumn, like other places in Veneto, the area hosts just a blooming species: the Lady’s-tresses Orchid (Spiranthes spiralis). Continue reading “Last butterflies and orchids in the Colli Euganei”

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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”

Little Grebes and gentians along the Misurina lake

The area of the “Lago di Misurina”, in the Auronzo di Cadore municipality, is another breathtaking Dolomites scenery, being tha lake surrounded by gorgeous dolomite mountains like Cristallo (3,221  m), Sorapis (3,205 m), Cadini di Misurina (2,839 m), Torre dei Scarperi (2,687 m) and, above all, the renowed Tre Cime di Lavaredo (2,999 m). Continue reading “Little Grebes and gentians along the Misurina lake”

Great August birding in Valle Vecchia

The second half of summer is always one of the slowest times of the year for birdwatching, with very secretive and silent birds and a very low number of migrants and eventual vagrants. So it has been a great surprise to have a so amazing day in Valle Vecchia of Caorle (Venice/Venezia province) right in the middle of August, with almost 90 species of birds observed!

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Alpine wildlife in the Passo Pordoi

With 2,239 m of altitudes the Pordoi pass is one of the most known pass in the Dolomites (Dolomiti) and connects Arabba with the Val di Fassa. It is a typical climb of the “Giro d’Italia”, the famous Italian cyclism race, but can be also a great place where taste the best of alpine wildlife.

The beginning of summer is probably the best time of year to go there:

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