Birdwatching in Italy  ̶  especially in the wetlands of Emilia-Romagna

September 14–27, 2013

 

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Excursions

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Hans Schick
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Species List

 
 
Introduction

From April 21  ̶  May 02, 2013 I spent 12 days in Northern Greece. During this time I visited the well known birdwatching places of the Évros Delta, the Dadiá forest, the wetlands around Pórto Lágos and the Néstos Delta in Eastern Macedonia and Thrace as well as Lake Kerkíni in Central Macedonia.

Itinerary
April 21, 2013
: Flight with EasyJet from Berlin Schönefeld to Thessaloníki. Arrival on the airport at about 8 a.m. Drive with a rented car from Thessaloníki via the motor highway A2 to Alexandroúpoli. Arrival at the Alexander Beach Hotel in Néa Chilí in the suburbs of Alexandroúpoli at about 4 p.m. Accommodation in this hotel for the next 5 nights.
April 22, 2013: Drive from Alexandroúpoli to the Évros Delta south of Loútros. Birdwatching on the water expanses of the wetland until noon. Thereafter return across the wetland east and north of the Drana Lagoon.
April 23, 2013: Drive from Alexandroúpolis via the motor highway A2 and Road 51 to Lefkími and the radio mast of Kapsalo.
April 24, 2013: Drive from Alexandroúpolis via the motor highway A2 and Road 51 to Likófi and Dadiá. Walk from the information centre in Dadiá to the vulture feeding station in the forest. In the afternoon visit of the ponds and the wetland in the surroundings of Thimária.
April 25, 2013: Drive from Alexandroúpoli to the Ánthia marshes west from the Loútros river. This area proved to be the most productive one compared with the other places visited. In the afternoon birdwatching in the wetland north and east of the Drana Lagoon.

April 26, 2013: Drive on the motor highway A2 and several secondary roads via Komotíni, Pagoúria, Néo Sidirochóri, Kalamókastro, Límni Mitrikoú, and Glifada to Fanári. For birdwatching visit of the town centre of Kalamókastro and the east side of Límni Mitrikoú. Accomodation in Villa Theodóra at the harbour of Fanári for the next 3 nights
April 27, 2013: In the morning drive from Fanári on road 2 via Pórto Lágos to Ávdíra. Birdwatching in the surroundings of Límni Vistonída, on the Ávdira hills, the Ávdira marshes and around the Lafroúda Lagoon.

April 28, 2013: In the morning drive from Fanári via Pórto Lágos to the quarry of Ávdira. Birdwatching in the wetlands around Pórto Lágos, in de quarry, in the Mándra marsh, and in the saltworks of Pórto Lágos.
April 29, 2013: In the morning drive from Fanári via Pórto Lágos, Xánthi, and Chrisoúpoli to Keramotí. Birdwatching in
the herony of Pórto Lágos, and in the surroundings of the Eratinó lagoon, the Vassova lagoon, the Agíasma lagoon, and in the farmland south of Agíasma. Accomodation in Hotel Aphrodíte in Keramotí for the next 2 nights.

April 30, 2013: Drive from Keramotí via Monastiráki along the Néstos river to Chrisoúpoli and the Aladjagola lakes. birdwatching in the Chaidefto marsh, along the Nestos river and the surroundings of one of the Aladjagola lakes.
May 01, 2013: In the morning drive from Keramotí on motor highway A2 to Amfípoli and from there on roads 59 and 12 via Sérres and Promachónas to Lake Kerkíni. Birdwatching at the east bank of the lake. Thereafter drive on the motor highway 25 back to Thessaloníki. Accommodation in the Hotel Peraía in Peraía for 1 night.
May 02, 2013
:  In the morning drive from the hotel to the airport of Thessaloníki. Flight back to Berlin Schönfeld by EasyJet.

Registration of the observations
All ornithological observations were registered in the databank OrniDB97–2.20, developed by Ralf Schirmeister (www.ralf-schirmeister.de for download) and were edited in two different ways. Under the heading "Excursions" one finds the complete records to the different observation places in chronological order. Under the heading "Species List" one finds the date, the place, and the number of observed individuals in systematic order. In the section Excursions some photos give an impression of the visited areas, in the Species List one finds some photos of birds taken by a Panasonic Lumix G3 in combination with the telephoto lens Lumix G Vario 1:4.0-5.6/100-300 mm.

Field guides and other ornithological literature used

Lars Svensson, Peter J. Grant, Killian Mullarney, Dan Zetterström, Der neue Kosmos-Vogelführer, alle Arten Europas, Nordafrikas und Vorderasiens, Frankh-Kosmos-Verlags-GmbH & Co., Stuttgart, 1999.
This book corresponds to:
Killian Mullarney, Lars Svensson, Dan Zetterström, Peter J. Grant, Collins Bird Guide, The Most Complete Field Guide to The Birds of Britain and Europe, HarperCollins, London 1999.
Steve Mills, Birdwatching in Northern Greece - a site guide, second edition, published by Birdwing Books, 2011, www.birdwing.eu


Links to Birding in Italy
http://www.fatbirder.com/links_geo/europe/italy.html



Excursions

14.09.2013, 18:45-20:00
Lido degli Scacchi, beach and strand promenade, Provincia di Ferrara (Emilia-Romagna, Italy)
The following bird species were observed during a walk along the beach and the streets near the strand promenade.

Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibúndus, Lachmöwe):
20 (at least), fed by people.
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
20 (at least), fed by people.
Street Pigeon (Colúmba lívia f. doméstica, Haustaube):
8, on a roof.
Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube):
1, on a roof.
Starling (Sturnus vulgáris, Star):
1
, flying.

15.09.2013, 11:00-12:30
Spraggia Romea, Lago delle Nazioni, Provincia di Ferrara (Emilia-Romagna, Italy)
22 °C, overcast.
The following bird species were observed at the northern part of Lago delle Nazioni near the holiday resort of Spraggia Romea.

Great Crested Grebe (Pódiceps cristátus, Haubentaucher):
1 juvenile, swimming.
Black-necked Grebe (Pódiceps nigricóllis, Schwarzhalstaucher):
20 (at least), swimming on the lake.
Little Egret (Egrétta garzétta, Seidenreiher):
15 (at least), in shallow water near the water's edge.
Great White Egret (Casmerodius albus, Silberreiher):
1, in shallow water. – Yellow beak.
Common Heron (Árdea cinérea, Graureiher):
1, in shallow water.
Cattle Egret (Bubúlcus ibis, Kuhreiher):
2, on grassland.
Pheasant (Phasiánus cólchicus, Fasan):
1 male, flying across the lake!
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibúndus, Lachmöwe):
10 (at least), swimming.
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
10 (at least), swimming.
Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube):
2, calling.
Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica, Elster):
2, flying.
Hooded Crow (Corvus cornix, Nebelkrähe):
1, on grassland, near the water's edge.

15.09.2013, 13:00-14:00
Lido di Volano, Provincia di Ferrara (Emilia-Romagna, Italy)
22 °C, overcast.
The following bird species were observed on the water expanse near the holiday resort.

Little Grebe (Pódiceps ruficóllis, Zwergtaucher):
6, swimming.
Great Crested Grebe (Pódiceps cristátus, Haubentaucher):
1, swimming.
Pygmy Cormorant (Phalacrócorax pygmeus, Zwergscharbe):
2, 1 flying, 1 roosting on a post.
Little Egret (Egrétta garzétta, Seidenreiher):
1, at the water's edge.
Black Coot (Fúlica atra, Bleßralle):
2, swimming.
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibúndus, Lachmöwe):
2, swimming.
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
1, swimming.
Sandwich Tern (Sterna sandvicénsis, Brandseeschwalbe):
2, roosting on posts.
Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrócopos major, Buntspecht):
1, calling.

 

P104-0569 and P104-0570
Lido di Volano,
Provincia di Ferrara (Emilia-Romagna, Italy)

15.09.2013, 14:10-15:40
Lido di Volano, hiking tour in the wetland, Provincia di Ferrara (Emilia-Romagna, Italy)
22 °C, overcast.
The following bird species were observed during a hiking tour in the wetland east of the holiday resort Lido di Volamo.

Great Crested Grebe (Pódiceps cristátus, Haubentaucher):
15, swimming.
Black-necked Grebe (Pódiceps nigricóllis, Schwarzhalstaucher):
10, swimming.
Great Cormorant (Phalacrócorax carbo, Kormoran):
6, roosting or flying.
Pygmy Cormorant (Phalacrócorax pygmeus, Zwergscharbe):
3 (at least), flying or roosting.
Little Egret (Egrétta garzétta, Seidenreiher):
2, roosting on trees at the water`s edge.
Great White Egret (Casmerodius albus, Silberreiher):
1, in shallow water. – Yellow beak.
Common Heron (Árdea cinérea, Graureiher):
4, in shallow water or flying.
Common Morhen (Gallínula chlóropus, Teichralle):
1 juvenil, swimming.
Common Greenshank (Tringa nebulária, Grünschenkel):
1, at the water's edge, calling.
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
10 (at least), swimming.
Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica, Elster):
1, flying.

 

P104-0572, and P104-0573
Lido di Volano, hiking tour in the wetland, Provincia di Ferrara (Emilia-Romagna, Italy)
(15.09.2013)

15.09.2013, 16:00-16:53
Volano, Relitto vallivo, Provincia di Ferrara (Emilia-Romagna, Italy)
22 °C, fair
The following bird species were observed on wetland east of the road from Volano to Goro.

Little Grebe (Pódiceps ruficóllis, Zwergtaucher):
3, swimming.
Black-necked Grebe (Pódiceps nigricóllis, Schwarzhalstaucher):
1, swimming.
Pygmy Cormorant (Phalacrócorax pygmeus, Zwergscharbe):
3, roosting at the water's edge.
Little Egret (Egrétta garzétta, Seidenreiher):
4, in shallow water.
Black-winged Stilt (Himántopus himántopus, Stelzenläufer):
4 (2 adults, 2 juveniles), in shallow water.
Common Snipe (Galinágo gallinágo, Bekassine):
3, at the water's edge in dense vegetation.
Redshank (Tringa tótanus, Rotschenkel):
9, swimming!
Marsh Sandpiper (Tringa stagnátilis, Teichwasserläufer):
2, in shallow water.
Bee-eater (Merops apiaster, Bienenfresser):
1, calling in flight.

 

P104-0576 and P104-0577
Volano, wetland north of the village, Provincia di Ferrara (Emilia-Romagna, Italy)
(15.09.2013)

15.09.2013, 16:45-17:00
VolanoGoro, Provincia di Ferrara (Emilia-Romagna, Italy)
23 °C, fair
The following bird species were observed on channels crossed by the road from Volano to Goro.

Little Grebe (Pódiceps ruficóllis, Zwergtaucher):
3, swimming.
Great Crested Grebe (Pódiceps cristátus, Haubentaucher):
1, swimming.
Great Cormorant (Phalacrócorax carbo, Kormoran):
1, swimming.
Pygmy Cormorant (Phalacrócorax pygmeus, Zwergscharbe):
1, flying.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
3, swimming.
Black Coot (Fúlica atra, Bleßralle):
3, swimming.
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibúndus, Lachmöwe):
20 (at leasat), swimming.
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
20 (at least), swimming.

16.09.2013, 08:00-09:00
Lido di Scacchi, Via Monte Tricorno, Provincia di Ferrara (Emilia-Romagna, Italy)
20 °C, fair.
The following bird species were observed in the surroundings of our holiday house in Via Montetricorno 20.

Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube):
2 (at least), calling.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
1 This year's male, in the garden of the holiday house.

16.09.2013, 10:55-13:20
Comacchio, town centre, Provincia di Ferrara (Emilia-Romagna, Italy)
20 °C, fair.
The following bird species were observed during a walk through the centre of Comacchio.
Stockente

Kestrel (Falco tinnúnculus, Turmfalke):
1, flying. – Observed already outside the town.
Street Pigeon (Colúmba lívia f. doméstica, Haustaube):
30 (at least), on roofs.
Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube):
1, calling.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
5 (at least), flying along a channel.
Starling (Sturnus vulgáris, Star):
1
, on an antenna on a roof.
Italian Sparrow (Passer domésticus itáliae, Italiensperling):
3, flying. It could not recognized, wether they had brown crowns.

16.09.2013, 13:20
Lido degli Estensi, Canale Cogonovo, Provincia di Ferrara (Emilia-Romagna, Italy)
23 °C, fair.
Coming from Lido degli Scacchi on the coastal road to Ravenna in Lido degli Estensi I turned left shortly before I reached the bridge over Canale Cogonovo. The unasphalted track run along the chanel. From the crown of the dyke to my left hand I saw the water expanses of the old saltworks of Comacchio and of Valle di Lido Magnavacca. – The following bird species were observed on the farnland to my right hand.

Little Egret (Egrétta garzétta, Seidenreiher):
1, on farmland.
Street Pigeon (Colúmba lívia f. doméstica, Haustaube):
6, on farmland. These birds were entirely white.
Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica, Elster):
2, flying.
Starling (Sturnus vulgáris, Star):
20
, flying.

16.09.2013, 15:00-15:35
Valle di Lido Magnavacca, Canale Foce, Provincia di Ferrara (Emilia-Romagna, Italy)
23 °C, fair. – N 44° 40.146´; E 12° 13.107´
The following bird species were observed from a tower at the southern edge of Valle Fattibello, the water expanse south of Comacchio.

Great Cormorant (Phalacrócorax carbo, Kormoran):
1, roosting on a post.
Pygmy Cormorant (Phalacrócorax pygmeus, Zwergscharbe):
8, roosting or flying.
Little Egret (Egrétta garzétta, Seidenreiher):
11, in shallow water.
Great White Egret (Casmerodius albus, Silberreiher):
2, in shallow water. – Yellow beak.
Common Heron (Árdea cinérea, Graureiher):
2, in shallow water, 1 with a fish.
Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber, Rosaflamingo):
500 (not counted), in shallow water.
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
200 (at least), on sands.
Turtle Dove (Streptopélia turtur, Turteltaube):
1, flying.
Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica, Elster):
1, flying.

16.09.2013, 15:50-17:10
Canale Sub Lagunare, Provincia di Ferrara (Emilia-Romagna, Italy)
23 °C, fair. – N 44° 40.374´; E 12° 11.822´
The following bird species were observed from the car driving on the dam at the northern bank of the channel.

Little Grebe (Pódiceps ruficóllis, Zwergtaucher):
5, swimming.
Great Crested Grebe (Pódiceps cristátus, Haubentaucher):
1, swimming.
Little Egret (Egrétta garzétta, Seidenreiher):
4, in shallow water.
Common Heron (Árdea cinérea, Graureiher):
2, in shallow water or roosting on a small island.
Black Coot (Fúlica atra, Bleßralle):
6, swimming.
Curlew (Numénius arquáta, Großer Brachvogel):
25, roosting in shallow water.
Redshank (Tringa tótanus, Rotschenkel):
1, in shallow water.
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibúndus, Lachmöwe):
(not counted).
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
(not counted).
Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica, Elster):
1, flying.

17.09.2013, 11:45-13:00
Abbazia di Pomposa, Provincia di Ferrara (Emilia-Romagna, Italy)
20 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed in the surroundings of the Abbazia Santa Maria di Pomposa near Codigoro.

Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube):
2 (at least), 1 calling, 1 also seen.
Spotted Flycatcher (Muscícapa striáta, Grauschnäpper):
2, on trees, insects catching.
Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica, Elster):
2, on a lawn.

17.09.2013, 13:45-15:45
Bosco di Mesola, Provincia di Ferrara (Emilia-Romagna, Italy)
20 °C, sunny.
The following bird species could be documented during a hiking tour through the forest of Mesola.

Common Heron (Árdea cinérea, Graureiher):
1, on farmland, outside the fenced area.
Cattle Egret (Bubúlcus ibis, Kuhreiher):
4, on farmland, outside the fenced area.
Pheasant (Phasiánus cólchicus, Fasan):
1 female, crossing the road outside the fenced area.
Wood Pigeon (Colúmba palúmbus, Ringeltaube):
1, proved by a moulting feather found on the track.
Tawny Owl (Strix alúco, Waldkauz):
1, proved by a moulting feather found on the track.
Spotted Flycatcher (Muscícapa striáta, Grauschnäpper):
1, on a tree, insects catching.
Hooded Crow (Corvus cornix, Nebelkrähe):
1, nach´gewiesen by two moulting feathers found on the track.

17.09.2013, 16:00-17:00
Mesola, town centre, Provincia di Ferrara (Emilia-Romagna, Italy)
20 °C, sunny.
The following bird species was observed in the town centre of Mesola (around the fortress and the church. – Notice that no other species were seen!

Street Pigeon (Colúmba lívia f. doméstica, Haustaube):
20 (at least), on roofs.

18.09.2013, 10:00-10:35
Valle Bertuzzi, near Spiaggia Romea, Provincia di Ferrara (Emilia-Romagna, Italy)
15 °C, overcast.
Coming from Lido delle Nazioni on Via Acciaiola there is a deviationof a path into the direction of the water expanse of Valle Bertuzzi about 100 m before the deviation to Spiaggia Romea. An access to the lake, hower, was not possible. The gate was closed, but could be overcome, however the vegetation at the edge of the lake was so dense that it was impossible to have here a view on the water expanses. – Nevertheless, the following bird species were registered.

Little Grebe (Pódiceps ruficóllis, Zwergtaucher):
5, swimming on the water expanse between the road and the lake.
Little Egret (Egrétta garzétta, Seidenreiher):
2, on farmland.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
1, swimming on the water expanse between the road and the lake.
Pheasant (Phasiánus cólchicus, Fasan):
1. Two bitten tail-feathers of a male gave evidence that this species was present in this area.
Common Morhen (Gallínula chlóropus, Teichralle):
1 juvenile, swimming on the water expanse between the road and the lake.
Black Coot (Fúlica atra, Bleßralle):
3, swimming on the water expanse between the road and the lake.
Spotted Flycatcher (Muscícapa striáta, Grauschnäpper):
2, on posts.
Jay (Gárrulus glandárius, Eichelhäher):
1, flying.

18.09.2013, 10:40-11:15
Spiaggia Romea, Lago delle Nazioni, Provincia di Ferrara (Emilia-Romagna, Italy)
15 °C, fair.
The following bird species were observed on the northern end of Lago delle Nazioni and the adjacent farmland.

Little Grebe (Pódiceps ruficóllis, Zwergtaucher):
3, swimming.
Great Crested Grebe (Pódiceps cristátus, Haubentaucher):
4, swimming.
Black-necked Grebe (Pódiceps nigricóllis, Schwarzhalstaucher):
7, swimming.
Little Egret (Egrétta garzétta, Seidenreiher):
11, at the water's edge.
Common Heron (Árdea cinérea, Graureiher):
6, 1 at the water's edge, 5 on farmland.
Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glaréola, Bruchwasserläufer):
2, at the water's edge.
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibúndus, Lachmöwe):
3, swimming.
Wood Pigeon (Colúmba palúmbus, Ringeltaube):
2, flying.
Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube):
1, calling.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
2, flying.
Great Tit (Parus major, Kohlmeise):
1, on the ground.
Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica, Elster):
4, on farmland.
Hooded Crow (Corvus cornix, Nebelkrähe):
12, on farmland.
Italian Sparrow (Passer domésticus itáliae, Italiensperling):
5, near to the horse boxes.

18.09.2013, 11:20-12:00
Spiaggia Romea, birdwatching tower, Provincia di Ferrara (Emilia-Romagna, Italy)
15 °C, fair.
The access to the tower standing at the east side of Valle Bertuzzi is possible from the Via Acciaioli about 100 m past the deviation to the holiday village Spiaggia Romea. There is a gate, which was open for pedestrians. The tower is reached after about 100 m. The trees between the tower and Valle Bertuzzi are so high that it is difficult to have a view on the water expanses of the lake. -Nevertheless, the following bird species were observed in the surroundings of the Zwergtaucher 11
, swimming.
Great Crested Grebe (Pódiceps cristátus, Haubentaucher):
4, swimming.
Little Egret (Egrétta garzétta, Seidenreiher):
1, in shallow water.
Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginósus, Rohrweihe):
1 female, flying.
Black Coot (Fúlica atra, Bleßralle):
6, swimming.

18.09.2013, 12:50
Delta di Po, Cà Cappello, Provincia di Rovigo (Veneta, Italy)
18 °C, fair.
The following bird species were observed in Cá Cappello, a little village in the central part of Delta di Po.

Street Pigeon (Colúmba lívia f. doméstica, Haustaube):
200, roosting on the roofs of the church and other buildings.
Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube):
2, on roofs.
Italian Sparrow (Passer domésticus itáliae, Italiensperling):
5, on the road.

18.09.2013, 13:10
Delta di Po, Porto Levante, Provincia di Rovigo (Veneta, Italy)
18 °C, fair.
The following bird species were observed in surroundings of Porto Levante.

Great Crested Grebe (Pódiceps cristátus, Haubentaucher):
1, swimming.
Great Cormorant (Phalacrócorax carbo, Kormoran):
10, roosting.
Little Egret (Egrétta garzétta, Seidenreiher):
1.
Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber, Rosaflamingo):
500 (at least), in shallow water.
Kestrel (Falco tinnúnculus, Turmfalke):
1, roosting on a post.
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibúndus, Lachmöwe):
5.
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
1, roosting on a post (photos).
Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube):
1, calling.

18.09.2013, 14:00-15:20
Delta di Po, Scanarello, Provincia di Rovigo (Veneta, Italy)
18 °C, fair.
The following bird species were observed in the area of Scanarello.

Great Cormorant (Phalacrócorax carbo, Kormoran):
20 (at least), roosting or flying.
Pygmy Cormorant (Phalacrócorax pygmeus, Zwergscharbe):
4 (at least), roosting or flying.
Little Egret (Egrétta garzétta, Seidenreiher):
5, in shallow water.
Great White Egret (Casmerodius albus, Silberreiher):
1, in shallow water. – Yellow beak.
Common Heron (Árdea cinérea, Graureiher):
1, on grassland.
Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber, Rosaflamingo):
100 (at least), in shallow water.
Common Buzzard (Búteo búteo, Mäusebussard):
1, on grassland.
Osprey (Pándion haliáëtus, Fischadler):
1, roostiung on a post.
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibúndus, Lachmöwe):
20 (at least), roosting or flying.
White Wagtail (Motacílla alba, Bachstelze):
2, at the water's edge.
Spotted Flycatcher (Muscícapa striáta, Grauschnäpper):
2, on a powerline (photos).
Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica, Elster):
1, flying.
Hooded Crow (Corvus cornix, Nebelkrähe):
8, on grassland.

18.09.2013, 15:20-15:50
Delta di Po, Cà Pisani, Provincia di Rovigo (Veneta, Italy)
23 °C, fair.
The following bird species were observed in the area of Cà Pisani.

Kestrel (Falco tinnúnculus, Turmfalke):
1, on a powewrline.
Spotted Flycatcher (Muscícapa striáta, Grauschnäpper):
2, along the road on trees.
Muskrat (Fiber zibéthicus, Bisamratte):
1, dead at the edge of the road.

19.09.2013, 12:25-13:20
Comacchio, birdwatching tower, Provincia di Ferrara (Emilia-Romagna, Italy)
23 °C, sunny. N 44° 41.450´; E 12 ° 10.833´
The following bird species were observed from the birdwatching tower in Caduti per la Pace on the water expanses of Valle Fattibello.

Great Crested Grebe (Pódiceps cristátus, Haubentaucher):
5 (at least), swimming.
Black-necked Grebe (Pódiceps nigricóllis, Schwarzhalstaucher):
20 (at least), swimming.
Great Cormorant (Phalacrócorax carbo, Kormoran):
10 (at least), roosting or flying..
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
17, swimming.
Red-crested Pochard (Netta rúfina, Kolbenente):
1 female, swimming.
Black Coot (Fúlica atra, Bleßralle):
500 (at least), swimming.
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibúndus, Lachmöwe):
200 (at least), swimming.
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
20 (at least), swimming.

19.09.2013, 13:20-14:00
Comacchio, Valle Fatibello, Provincia di Ferrara (Emilia-Romagna, Italy)
23 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed from the dyke along the westbank of Valle Fattibello.

Little Grebe (Pódiceps ruficóllis, Zwergtaucher):
2, swimming.
Black-necked Grebe (Pódiceps nigricóllis, Schwarzhalstaucher):
1, swimming.
Black Coot (Fúlica atra, Bleßralle):
3, swimming.
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
3, swimming.
Wood Pigeon (Colúmba palúmbus, Ringeltaube):
1, flying.
Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube):
1, calling.
Italian Sparrow (Passer domésticus itáliae, Italiensperling):
5, in shrubs.

19.09.2013, 15:00-16:15
Comacchio, Statione di Pesca Foce, Provincia di Ferrara (Emilia-Romagna, Italy)
23 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed in a closed area of Statione di Pesca Foce. Access was allowed by the warden after intervention of a friendly tourist guide.

Black-necked Grebe (Pódiceps nigricóllis, Schwarzhalstaucher):
15 (at least), swimming.
Great Cormorant (Phalacrócorax carbo, Kormoran):
5, swimming or flying.
Little Egret (Egrétta garzétta, Seidenreiher):
20 (at least), roosting on piers.
Great White Egret (Casmerodius albus, Silberreiher):
10 (at least), roosting on piers.
Common Heron (Árdea cinérea, Graureiher):
5 (at least), roosting on piers.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
2, swimming.
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibúndus, Lachmöwe):
200 (at least), roosting on piers.

19.09.2013, 17:40
Sant Alberto, Via Martinella Rotta, Provincia di Ravenna (Emilia-Romagna, Italy)
23 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed in the surrounding of a farm before Sant Alberto from Via Martinella Rotta.

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor, Höckerschwan):
2, swimming on a pond.
Street Pigeon (Colúmba lívia f. doméstica, Haustaube):
200 (at least), on roofs.
Starling (Sturnus vulgáris, Star):
1000
(at least), flying.

19.09.2013, 17:50-18:00
Sant Alberto, Valle Fossa di Porto, Provincia di Ferrara (Emilia-Romagna, Italy)
23 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed on the water expanses of Valle Fossa di Porto north of Sant Alberto.

Great Crested Grebe (Pódiceps cristátus, Haubentaucher):
2, swimming.
Great Cormorant (Phalacrócorax carbo, Kormoran):
1, roosting.
Little Egret (Egrétta garzétta, Seidenreiher):
49, in shallow water.
Great White Egret (Casmerodius albus, Silberreiher):
10, at the water's edge.
Common Heron (Árdea cinérea, Graureiher):
3, in shallow water.
Purple Heron (Árdea purpúrea, Purpurreiher):
2, at the water's edge.
Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber, Rosaflamingo):
8 this year's birds, in shallow water.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
3, swimming.
Marsh Sandpiper (Tringa stagnátilis, Teichwasserläufer):
12, roosting in shallow water. White wedge on the back, white underparts, dark grey upperside, thin dark beak
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibúndus, Lachmöwe):
60, roosting.

20.09.2013, 10:00
Lido di Scacchi, Via Monte Tricorno, Provincia di Ferrara (Emilia-Romagna, Italy)
20 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed in the surrounding of the holiday house.

Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube):
2, calling, also seen on a roof.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
1, warning (in the evening).
Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica, Elster):
1, calling.
Starling (Sturnus vulgáris, Star):
1
, on a roof.
Italian Sparrow (Passer domésticus itáliae, Italiensperling):
5 (at least), on shrubs in the gardens.

20.09.2013, 13:20-15:20
Lido di Spina, Vene di Belocchio e Ancona, Provincia di Ferrara (Emilia-Romagna, Italy)
23 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed during a hiking tour from Viale G. Puccini through the pine wood to the Adriatic Sea and back to the birdwatching tower, from where the water expanse and the wetland could be overlooked. The access to this path was possible only from Viale G. Puccini. The road from the camping was closed.

Little Grebe (Pódiceps ruficóllis, Zwergtaucher):
2, swimming.
Great Crested Grebe (Pódiceps cristátus, Haubentaucher):
10, swimming.
Black-necked Grebe (Pódiceps nigricóllis, Schwarzhalstaucher):
1, swimming.
Great Cormorant (Phalacrócorax carbo, Kormoran):
1, roosting.
Pygmy Cormorant (Phalacrócorax pygmeus, Zwergscharbe):
3, roosting.
Little Egret (Egrétta garzétta, Seidenreiher):
10, at the water's edge.
Great White Egret (Casmerodius albus, Silberreiher):
4, at the water's edge.
Common Heron (Árdea cinérea, Graureiher):
3, at the water's edge.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
2, swimming.
Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginósus, Rohrweihe):
1 female, flying.
Kestrel (Falco tinnúnculus, Turmfalke):
1, along the road to the camping.
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
20, swimming.
Ring-necked Parakeet (Psittácula krámeri, Halsbandsittich):
2 (Art korrigieren), on a tree at the road to the camping. Beak horn-coloured (hornfarben), head pink-coloured (rosafarben), belly yellow, Back green, eye black in pinkish (red) surroundings.
Jay (Gárrulus glandárius, Eichelhäher):
1, in the Viale G. Puccini.
Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica, Elster):
4, along the road to the camping.

22.09.2013,
Marina Romea, Provincia di Ravenna (Emilia-Romagna, Italy)
22 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed on the water expanses of Pialassa della Baiona or in the surrounding wetland. The Area was reached from Marina Romea on Via del Pioppi.

Little Grebe (Pódiceps ruficóllis, Zwergtaucher):
20 (at least), swimming.
Great Crested Grebe (Pódiceps cristátus, Haubentaucher):
50 (at least), swimming.
Black-necked Grebe (Pódiceps nigricóllis, Schwarzhalstaucher):
30 (at least), swimming.
Great Cormorant (Phalacrócorax carbo, Kormoran):
5, roosting or flying.
Pygmy Cormorant (Phalacrócorax pygmeus, Zwergscharbe):
8 (at least), roosting or flying.
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibúndus, Lachmöwe):
100 (at least), swimming.
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
100 (at least), swimming.
Wood Pigeon (Colúmba palúmbus, Ringeltaube):
1, calling
Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica, Elster):
1, on the track.

22.09.2013, 14:00-15:00
Valle Mandriole, Provincia di Ravenna (Emilia-Romagna, Italy)
22 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed on the water expanses of Valle Mandriole from the birdwatching tower at the southern edge of the area. This tower is easily reached from the SS 309 Romea immediately north of the bridge crossing Fiume Lamone.

Great Cormorant (Phalacrócorax carbo, Kormoran):
166, roosting on an island.
Little Egret (Egrétta garzétta, Seidenreiher):
10 (at least), in shallow water or on wetland.
Common Heron (Árdea cinérea, Graureiher):
12, in shallow water or on wetland.
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor, Höckerschwan):
2, flying.
Greylag Goose (Anser anser, Graugans):
12, swimming.
Common Buzzard (Búteo búteo, Mäusebussard):
1, roosting on a post.
Osprey (Pándion haliáëtus, Fischadler):
1, roosting on a post.
Curlew (Numénius arquáta, Großer Brachvogel):
5 (at least), in shallow water.
Green Sandpiper (Tringa óchropus, Waldwasserläufer):
3, in shallow water.
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibúndus, Lachmöwe):
200, swimming or roosting.
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
200, swimming or roosting.
Wood Pigeon (Colúmba palúmbus, Ringeltaube):
1, flying.
Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube):
200, on farmland. – The distance was to large and the air was glistening, therefore, the birds could not be identified unambigously.
Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica, Elster):
3, on shrubs.
Nutria (Myocastor coypus, Nutria):
3, swimming or running near the water's edge. Length of the body about 50 cm, length of the thin tail about 30 cm.

22.09.2013, 15:45-16:15
Valle di Comacchio, Boscoforte, Provincia di Ferrara (Emilia-Romagna, Italy)
23 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed at the southern bank of Valle di Comacchio in surroundings of the penninsula Boscoforte.

Little Egret (Egrétta garzétta, Seidenreiher):
5, standing along the reedbeds.
Great White Egret (Casmerodius albus, Silberreiher):
3, standing along the reedbeds.
Cattle Egret (Bubúlcus ibis, Kuhreiher):
3, on wetland.
Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber, Rosaflamingo):
20, in shallow water.
Shelduck (Tadórna tadórna, Brandgans):
1, swimming.
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeáta, Löffelente):
17, swimming.
Curlew (Numénius arquáta, Großer Brachvogel):
1, in shallow water.
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
7, swimming.

23.09.2013, 12:00-13:50
Cervia, town centre and harbour, Provincia di Ravenna (Emilia-Romagna, Italy)
23 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed in the town centre and during a walking tour along the channel to the beach of the Adriatic Sea.

Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibúndus, Lachmöwe):
30, along the channel.
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
5 (at least), along the channel.
Street Pigeon (Colúmba lívia f. doméstica, Haustaube):
15.
Italian Sparrow (Passer domésticus itáliae, Italiensperling):
12, along the channel.

23.09.2013, 15:00-17:00
Rimini, town centre, Provincia di Rimini (Emilia-Romagna, Italy)
23 °C, sunny.
The following birdspecies were observed in the town centre.

Street Pigeon (Colúmba lívia f. doméstica, Haustaube):
20, on roofs.
Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube):
1, flying.

24.09.2013, 10:00-15:00
Ravenna, town centre, Provincia di Ravenna (Emilia-Romagna, Italy)
23 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed during a hiking tour in the town centre between the churches of the world Haustaube 20
(at least), on roofs or flying.
Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube):
10 (at least), calling or seen, most of them in the surroundings of the Basilika di San Vitale.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
1, flying, in the surroundings of the Basilica di San Vitale.
Jackdaw (Corvus monédula, Dohle):
1, calling, in the viciniti of Piazza del Populo.
Italian Sparrow (Passer domésticus itáliae, Italiensperling):
1, in the Via Gamba.

25.09.2013, 10:45-12:15
Cervia, Saline di Cervia, Provincia di Ravenna (Emilia-Romagna, Italy)
24 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed on the saltpans of the saltworks of Cervia (saline di Cervia).

Little Egret (Egrétta garzétta, Seidenreiher):
100 (at least), in shallow water.
Common Heron (Árdea cinérea, Graureiher):
1, on grassland.
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibúndus, Lachmöwe):
40 (at least), roostin on dry saltpans.
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
200 (at least), on dry saltpans or in shallow water.
Slender-billed Gull (Larus genei, Dünnschnabelmöwe):
4, swimming on a ditch. – Long red bill, head without black markings, red legs.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
1, flying.
Starling (Sturnus vulgáris, Star):
6
, flying.

25.09.2013, 12:15
Lido di Classe, Acque Basse, Provincia di Ravenna (Emilia-Romagna, Italy)
24 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed on a small lake (Acque Basse) south of the road from the SS16 along the river Bevonella to Lido di Classe.

Little Grebe (Pódiceps ruficóllis, Zwergtaucher):
6, swimming.
Great Crested Grebe (Pódiceps cristátus, Haubentaucher):
1, swimming.
Black Coot (Fúlica atra, Bleßralle):
26, swimming.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
1, flying.
Starling (Sturnus vulgáris, Star):
50
, flying.

25.09.2013, 14:20-14:50
Lido di Classe, Lake Ortazzo, Provincia di Ravenna (Emilia-Romagna, Italy)
24 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed on the south bank of Lake Ortazzo.

Little Grebe (Pódiceps ruficóllis, Zwergtaucher):
2, swimming.
Great Cormorant (Phalacrócorax carbo, Kormoran):
67, roosting on dead trees at the water's edge.
Little Egret (Egrétta garzétta, Seidenreiher):
1, on the track.
Great White Egret (Casmerodius albus, Silberreiher):
1, at the edge of a reedbed.
Common Teal (Anas crecca, Krickente):
6, swimming.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
38, swimming.
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeáta, Löffelente):
4, swimming.

25.09.2013, 15:10-15:30
Pineta di Classe, northern lake, Provincia di Ravenna (Emilia-Romagna, Italy)
24 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed on the small lake at the northern edge of Pineta di Classe.

Little Grebe (Pódiceps ruficóllis, Zwergtaucher):
7, swimming.
Great Crested Grebe (Pódiceps cristátus, Haubentaucher):
3, swimming.
Black-necked Grebe (Pódiceps nigricóllis, Schwarzhalstaucher):
5, swimming.
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor, Höckerschwan):
2 ad., swimming.
Common Pochard (Áythya férina, Tafelente):
1 male, swimming.
Common Morhen (Gallínula chlóropus, Teichralle):
15, swimming.
Black Coot (Fúlica atra, Bleßralle):
16, swimming.

25.09.2013, 15:45
Lido di Classe, Azienda Bassona, Provincia di Ravenna (Emilia-Romagna, Italy)
24 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed in the surroundings of Azienda Bassona north of lake Ortazzo.

Kestrel (Falco tinnúnculus, Turmfalke):
1, hovering over farmland.
Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica, Elster):
6, near farm houses.
Starling (Sturnus vulgáris, Star):
1
, on a power line.
Italian Sparrow (Passer domésticus itáliae, Italiensperling):
20 (at least), near farm houses.

27.09.2013, 10:20-11:20
Pineta di Classe, hiking tour, Provincia di Ravenna (Emilia-Romagna, Italy)
24 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed during a hiking tour through the pine forrest.

Little Egret (Egrétta garzétta, Seidenreiher):
1, in shallow water of a channel.
Common Heron (Árdea cinérea, Graureiher):
5, at the edge of a channel.
Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica, Elster):
4, flying.

27.09.2013, 11:20-12:40
Lido di Classe, Lake Ortazzo, Provincia di Ravenna (Emilia-Romagna, Italy)
24 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed during a hiking tour along the northern bank of lake Ortazzo.

Little Grebe (Pódiceps ruficóllis, Zwergtaucher):
5 (at least), swimming.
Great Crested Grebe (Pódiceps cristátus, Haubentaucher):
10 (at least), swimming.
Great Cormorant (Phalacrócorax carbo, Kormoran):
50 (at least), roosting.
Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber, Rosaflamingo):
85, in shallow water.
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor, Höckerschwan):
1, swimming.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
30 (at least), swimming.
Common Buzzard (Búteo búteo, Mäusebussard):
1, soaring.
Black Coot (Fúlica atra, Bleßralle):
1000 (at least), swimming.

27.09.2013, 14:40-15:30
Basilica di Classe, Provincia di Ravenna (Emilia-Romagna, Italy)
24 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed in the surroundings of the Basilica di Classe.

Street Pigeon (Colúmba lívia f. doméstica, Haustaube):
3, on roofs.
Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube):
1, calling.
Starling (Sturnus vulgáris, Star):
30
, roosting on a pine.
Italian Sparrow (Passer domésticus itáliae, Italiensperling):
4, in the cafeteria.

 
     
 

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