Birdwatching in Sardinia (Italy) – especially in the provinces of Oristano, Sassari, and Olbia-Témpio

April 19 – May 07, 2008

 

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Excursions

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Hans Schick
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Trip Reports

 

   

Species List

 
 


Introduction

From April 19 – May 07, 2008 I spent my holidays in Sardinia. This gave me the opportunity to watch birds in the Provinces of Oristano, Sassari, and Olbia-Témpio.

Itinerary
April 19, 2008: Direct flight from Berlin-Schönefeld to Sardinia. At 9:30 arrival on the airport of Olbia. Take-over of a rented car from AM Service. Drive on the roads SS 131 (E 840), SS 129, and SS 129bis via Nuoro and Macomér to Bosa. Arival in the Hotel Corte Fiorita at 14:00 and accomodation for the next nine nights. In the afternoon walk in the town along both sides of the Fiume Temo.
April 20, 2008: In the morning walk to the Castello di Serravalle, in the afternoon hiking tour from Bosa to Bosa Marina at the mouth of the Fiume Temo.
April 21, 2008: Drive from Bosa on the roads SP 49 and SP105 along the west coast of Sardinia to Alghero. Walk along the sea promenade and through the centre of the old town.
April 22, 2008: Drive from Bosa on the roads SS 129bis and SP 35 via Módolo and Magomádas to Tresnuraghes. From there visit of the Nuraghe Nuracale, the Sanctuario di San Marco, and Torre di Foghe at the mouth of the Rio Mannu.
April 23, 2008: Drive with a local specialist for the protection of the last Sardinian Griffon Vultures from Bosa on the road SP 19 to Badde Orca. Observation of about 20 Griffon Vultures in the mountains east of the road SP 49 around the Monte Mannú.
April 24, 2008: Drive from Bosa on the roads SS 129bis and SS 292 via Suni to the Nuraghe Nuradeo and thereafter to the Area protetta di Pauli e'Sali. Hiking tour from kilometre 64.8 of road SS 292 in a westerly direction.
April 25, 2008: Drive from Bosa on the roads SS 129 bis and SS 292 via Suni, Tresnuraghes, and Cúglieri to Riola Sardo. From there drive on road SP 58 to Cabras Wetlands. After birdwatching in the area of Mar'e Pauli and Pauli'e Sali drive to the excavation site of Thárros on the southern end of the Sinis peninsula. On the back tour visit of the salt lake Stagno Sale Pórcus.
April 26, 2008: Drive on road 19 from Bosa to Badde Orca. From the end of the paved road hiking tour into the mountains in the surroundings of Monte Mannú.
April 28, 2008:
Drive from Bosa on the roads SS 129bis, SS 129, SS 131 (E 840) and SS 125 via Macomér, Nuoro, Siniscóla, and San Teodoro to Porto della Taverna near Olbia. Accomodation for the next nine nights in the holiday house Trilo Molara.
April 29, 2008:
In the morning drive from  Porto della Taverna on road SS 125 to Porto San Paolo. In the afternoon walk through the sea side resort of Porto della Taverna.
April 30, 2008:
In the morning drive from Porto della Taverna on road SS 125 to Puntaldia. Hiking tour across the golf course to Stagno di San Teodoro. In the evening drive to Porto San Paolo and visit of the harbour oppostite to Ísola Tavolara.
May 01, 2008:
Drive from Porto della Taverna on the roads SS 125, SS 199, and SS 127 via Olbia, Telti, and Calangianus to Témpio Pausánia. After a walk through the centre of the town drive on the road SS 392  to Monte Limbara. In the afternoon hiking tour around Punta Balistreri (1369 m above sea level).
May 02, 2008:
In the morning drive from Porto della Taverna on road SS 125 to Suaredda (kilometre 292.1), a village at the northern edge of San Teodoro. Birdwatching on grassland and on the Stagno di San Teodoro. In the afternoon hiking tour from the Ristaurante L'Esagono along the coastline in a northerly direction to Stagno di San Teodoro.
May 03, 2008:
Drive from Porto della Taverna on the roads SS 125 and SS 133bis via Olbia, Arzachena, Bassacutena and Santa Teresa to Capo Testa. Hiking tour on the peninsula around the lighthouse and through Valle di Luna.
May 04, 2008: In the morning drive from Porto della Taverna on road SS125 to Suaredda (kilometre 292.1) and once again birdwatching on the grassland west of road SS 125. In the afternoon birdwatching in the surroundings of the water expanses in front of the holiday house Trilo Molara in Porto della Taverna.
May 05, 2008:
Drive from Porto della Taverna on the road SS125 via Olbia and San Pantaleo to Arzachena. Walk through the centres of San Pantaleo and Arzachena and hiking tour from Arzachena to Nuraghe  Albuccio and Tempietto di Malchittu. On the return drive visit of the disused saltworks (Vecchie Saline) south of Olbia.
May 06, 2008:
Drive from Porto della Taverna on road SS 125 to Lu Fraili. Stop at kilometre 293.4 for birdwatching on grassland and on the water expanses of Stagno di San Teodoro. On the return drive detour to Capo Coda Cavallo.
May 07, 2008:
In the morning drive from Porto della Taverna on the roads SS 125 and SS 199 to the airport of Olbia and direct flight with EasyJet to Berlin Schönefeld.


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 Canon EOS 1D Mark III in combination with a telephoto lens Canon EF 600 mm, f/4L IS USM and the Extender EF 2x II.

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, ISBN 3-440-07720-9
This book is equivalent 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, ISBN 0 00 219728 6
L. Ruggieri, I. Festari, A Birdwatcher's Guide to Italy, Lynx Edicions, Montseny 8, Bellaterra, Barcelona, First Edition, 2005, ISBN 84-87334-86-5 or 978-84-87334-86-3
 
 
Maps for the orientation in the area
 
Sardinia - Cagliari, Freytag & Berndt
, Scale 1 : 150 000, ISBN 978-3-7079-0763-6
 

Links to Birding in Sardinia (Italy)
http://www.fatbirder.com/links_geo/europe/italy_sardinia.html

http://www.travellingbirder.com/birdwatching/birding_Italy.php?from=1&to=12


Excursions

19.04.2008, 17:40-19:00
Bosa, Provincia di Oristano (Sardinia, Italy)
18 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed during a walk on both sides of the River Temo.
Little Egret (Egrétta garzétta, Seidenreiher):
2, flying, along the River Temo.
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
50 (at least), flying along the River Temo.
Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube):
20 (at least), flying or sitting on roofs. Their calls were heard all the time.
Common Swift (Apus apus, Mauersegler):
100 (at least), circling over the town.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
10 (at least), flying.
Hooded Crow (Corvus coróne cornix, Nebelkrähe):
1, flying.
Spotless Starling (Sturnus unícolor, Einfarbstar):
10 (at least), flying. Three birds roosting in an abandoned house were unambiguously identified.
Spanish Sparrow (Passer hispaniolénsis, Weidensperling):
6 (at least), on roofs.

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Bridge over the Fiume Temo and Castello di Seravalle, Bosa, Provincia di Oristano (Sardinia, Italy)
(19.04.2008)

20.04.2008, 10:30-13:00
Bosa, Provincia di Oristano (Sardinia, Italy)
20 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed during a walk from the hotel Corte Fiorita through the old town to the Castello di Serravalle and back.
Street Pigeon (Colúmba lívia f. doméstica, Haustaube):
20 (at least), on roofs or flying.
Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube):
10 (at least), on roofs or flying.
Common Swift (Apus apus, Mauersegler):
20 (at least), flying.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
4, flying into the interior of an abandoned  house.
Sardinian Warbler (Sýlvia melanocéphala, Samtkopfgrasmücke):
1, singing in a shrub, also seen in flight.
Great Tit (Parus major, Kohlmeise):
1, calling.
Spotless Starling (Sturnus unícolor, Einfarbstar):
3, on a roof.
Spanish Sparrow (Passer hispaniolénsis, Weidensperling):
10 (at least), on roofs.
Greenfinch (Chloris chloris, Grünfink):
2, calling.

 

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The River Temo, Bosa, Provincia di Oristano (Sardinia, Italy)
(20.04.2008)

20.04.2008, 11:00-11:50
Bosa, Castello di Serravalle, Provincia di Oristano (Sardinia, Italy)
20 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed during a visit of the Castello di Serravalle.
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
5 ad., flying or roosting on the walls of the castle.
Street Pigeon (Colúmba lívia f. doméstica, Haustaube):
4, on the walls of the castle.
Common Swift (Apus apus, Mauersegler):
10 (at least), flying,
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
2 (1,1), on an almond tree.
Greenfinch (Chloris chloris, Grünfink):
4, on almond trees or on the walls of the castle.

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Castello di Serravalle, Bosa, Provincia di Oristano (Sardinia, Italy)
(20.04.2008)

20.04.2008, 11:50
Bosa, hiking tour to the Marina, Provincia di Oristano (Sardinia, Italy)
20 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed during a hiking tour along the River Temo from Bosa to Bosa Marina at the Mediterranean coast.
Common Heron (Árdea cinérea, Graureiher):
2, at the river bank.
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
20 (at least), flying along the river.
Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube):
20 (at least), on roofs or flying.
Common Swift (Apus apus, Mauersegler):
50 (at least), flying.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
50 (at least), flying, at the river.
House Martin (Délichon úrbica, Mehlschwalbe):
50 (at least), flying, near the beach.
Hooded Crow (Corvus coróne cornix, Nebelkrähe):
5, flying.
Spotless Starling (Sturnus unícolor, Einfarbstar):
10 (at least), on trees, on houses or flying.
Spanish Sparrow (Passer hispaniolénsis, Weidensperling):
20, in a reedbed.
Greenfinch (Chloris chloris, Grünfink):
2, singing in a palm.
Goldfinch (Carduélis carduélis, Stieglitz):
6, on trees along the road.

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View from Castello di Serravalle to Bosa Marina, Bosa, Provincia di Oristano (Sardinia, Italy)
(20.04.2008)

21.04.2008, 11:00-12:45
BosaAlghero, coastal road, Provincie di Oristano e Sassari (Sardinia, Italy)
15 – 20 °C, overcast, only sometimes fair.
The following bird species were observed during the drive from Bosa to Alghero along the coastal road.
Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus, Gänsegeier):
4, circling over the mountainous area between the coastal road and the shoreline.
Kestrel (Falco tinnúnculus, Turmfalke):
1, hovering and calling.
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
10 (at least), flying.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
1, flying.
Jay (Gárrulus glandárius, Eichelhäher):
3, flying.
Hooded Crow (Corvus coróne cornix, Nebelkrähe):
10, flying.
Common Raven (Corvus corax, Kolkrabe):
2, flying.
Goldfinch (Carduélis carduélis, Stieglitz):
2, flying.

21.04.2008, 12:45-16:00
Alghero, Provincia di Sassari (Sardinia, Italy)
20 °C, overcast or fair.
The following bird species were observed during a walk along the shore promenade and the town centre.
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
20 (at least).
Street Pigeon (Colúmba lívia f. doméstica, Haustaube):
20 (at least).
Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube):
15 (at least).
Spanish Sparrow (Passer hispaniolénsis, Weidensperling):
2.

 

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Sea promenade, Alghero, Provicia di Sassari (Sardinia, Italy)
(21.04.2008)

22.04.2008, 10:50-11:45
Módolo, Provincia di Oristano (Sardinia, Italy)
15 °C, changing between overcast and fair.
Módolo was reached from Bosa on the roads SS 129 bis and SP 35. The following bird species were observed during a walk through the village.
Street Pigeon (Colúmba lívia f. doméstica, Haustaube):
4 (at least), flying.
Wood Pigeon (Colúmba palúmbus, Ringeltaube):
5, flying.
Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube):
20 (at least), flying or calling.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
2, one of them singing.
Hooded Crow (Corvus coróne cornix, Nebelkrähe):
2, flying.
Spanish Sparrow (Passer hispaniolénsis, Weidensperling):
5 (at least), calling.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
3, flying.
Goldfinch (Carduélis carduélis, Stieglitz):
5, flying.

 

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Módolo, Provincia di Oristano (Sardinia, Italy)
(22.04.2008)

22.04.2008, 12:00-12:30
Magomádas, Provincia di Oristano (Sardinia, Italy)
15 °C, changing between overcast and fair.
The following bird species were observed in the village.
Street Pigeon (Colúmba lívia f. doméstica, Haustaube):
6, on a roof.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
2, flying.
Spanish Sparrow (Passer hispaniolénsis, Weidensperling):
2 (at least), calling.

 

IMG 0053 and IMG 0054
Magomádas, Provincia di Oristano (Sardinia, Italy)
(
22.04.2008)

22.04.2008, 12:40-13:30
Tresnuraghes, Provincia di Oristano (Sardinia, Italy)
15 °C, fair.
The following bird species were observed during a walk through the village.
Kestrel (Falco tinnúnculus, Turmfalke):
1, flying.
Street Pigeon (Colúmba lívia f. doméstica, Haustaube):
20, at the church.
Common Swift (Apus apus, Mauersegler):
1, flying.
House Martin (Délichon úrbica, Mehlschwalbe):
2, flying.
Jackdaw (Corvus monédula, Dohle):
6, on the roof of the church.
Spanish Sparrow (Passer hispaniolénsis, Weidensperling):
2, calling.

22.04.2008, 14:00-14:35
Nuraghe Nuracale, Provincia di Oristano (Sardinia, Italy)
15 °C, changing between overcast and fair.
The Nuraghe Nuracale was situated near the road SP 21 between Scano di Monteferro and Ságama south of the Rio Mannu. – The following bird species were observed in the surroundings of the remainders of the ancient building.
Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube):
2, flying.
Hooded Crow (Corvus coróne cornix, Nebelkrähe):
2, flying.

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Nuraghe Nuracale, Provincia di Oristano (Sardinia, Italy)
(22.04.2008)

22.04.2008, 15:30-17:10
Punta di Foghe, Provincia di Oristano (Sardinia, Italy)
15 °C, fair, strong wind.
Punta di Foghe is situated at the Mediterranean coast at the mouth of the Rio Mannu. This place was reached from Tresnuraghes following the signposts to the Santuario di San Marco. The small road has a length of 11 km and is unpaved at the end. – The following bird species were observed along the road and in the surroundings of the Torre di Foghe, the remainders of an old Spanish watch tower.
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
200 (at least), flying or roosting on rocks in the sea.
Bee-eater (Merops apiaster, Bienenfresser):
1, on a power line.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
2, flying.
Crag Martin (Ptyonoprógne rupéstris, Felsenschwalbe):
4, flying in the surroundings of the Torre di Foghe.
Stonechat (Saxícola torquáta, Schwarzkehlchen):
2 (1,1), on a herbaceous perennial.
Northern Wheatear (Oenánthe oenánthe, Steinschmätzer):
1 male, on a stone.
Sardinian Warbler (Sýlvia melanocéphala, Samtkopfgrasmücke):
1, in a shrub.
Jackdaw (Corvus monédula, Dohle):
50, on a power line.
Hooded Crow (Corvus coróne cornix, Nebelkrähe):
2, flying.
Spotless Starling (Sturnus unícolor, Einfarbstar):
1, on a power line.
Linnet (Carduélis cannábina, Bluthänfling):
2 (1,1), on herbaceous perennials.
Corn Bunting (Emberíza calándra, Grauammer):
3, along the road.

 

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Punta di Foghe, Provincia di Oristano (Sardinia, Italy)
(22.04.2008)

22.04.2008, 19:00
Bosa, Provincia di Oristano (Sardinia, Italy)
17 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed from the roof garden of the Hotel Corte Fiorita.
Common Heron (Árdea cinérea, Graureiher):
1, flying along the river (up-river).
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
10 (at least), flying.
Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube):
2, flying.
Common Swift (Apus apus, Mauersegler):
20 (at least), flying.
House Martin (Délichon úrbica, Mehlschwalbe):
2, flying.
Jackdaw (Corvus monédula, Dohle):
10, flying.
Greenfinch (Chloris chloris, Grünfink):
1, flying.

23.04.2008, 09:30-12:30
Badde Orca, Provincia di Sassari (Sardinia, Italy)
15 °C, changing between overcast and fair.
To reach the observation area one has to follow the road SP 19 from Bosa towards Montresta. After 9,4 km one has to head to the left to Badde Orca. This road ends at two closed gates, where the car can be parked at the edge of the road. From that point one has to walk along a free accessible track between stone walls and shrubs. After about 500 m one reaches pasture land and has to cross a stone wall and walk to the edge of the slope, from where one has a good look over the coastal road to the sea. – In the course of a tour, guided by a local expert for the protection of Griffon Vultures, the following bird species were observed in this area.
Common Buzzard (Búteo búteo, Mäusebussard):
2, flying.
Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus, Gänsegeier):
20 (at least), flying in the valley or overhead.
Kestrel (Falco tinnúnculus, Turmfalke):
1, hovering.
Lesser Kestrel (Falco naumanni, Rötelfalke):
1, flying along the slope.
Little Owl (Athéne nóctua, Steinkauz):
1, on a rock in a meadow.
Wood Lark (Lúllula arbórea, Heidelerche):
2, on rocks.
Common Wren (Troglodýtes troglodýtes, Zaunkönig):
1, singing.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
3, flying.
Blue Rock Thrush (Montícola solitárius, Blaumerle):
1 male, flying.
Jay (Gárrulus glandárius, Eichelhäher):
3, flying.
Hooded Crow (Corvus coróne cornix, Nebelkrähe):
10 (at least), flying.
Common Raven (Corvus corax, Kolkrabe):
10 (at least), flying.
Spotless Starling (Sturnus unícolor, Einfarbstar):
10 (at least), flying.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
1, singing.
Goldfinch (Carduélis carduélis, Stieglitz):
2, flying.
Cirl Bunting (Emberíza cirlus, Zaunammer):
2 (1,1), on a rock.
Corn Bunting (Emberíza calándra, Grauammer):
6 (at least), along the road.

 

IMG 0084, IMG 0086, and IMG 0095
Badde Orca, Provincia di Sassari (Sardinia, Italy)
(23.04.2008)

23.04.2008, 18:00-19:00
Bosa, Provincia di Oristano (Sardinia, Italy)
17 °C, fair.
The following bird species were observed from the roof terrace of the hotel Corte Fiorita.
Little Egret (Egrétta garzétta, Seidenreiher):
1, at the bank of the Fiume Temo.
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
20 (at least), circling over the castle.
Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube):
2 (at least), on the roof.
Spotless Starling (Sturnus unícolor, Einfarbstar):
10, on the roofs.
Spanish Sparrow (Passer hispaniolénsis, Weidensperling):
1, on he roof.
Greenfinch (Chloris chloris, Grünfink):
1, calling.

24.04.2008, 11:30-12:20
Nuraghe Nuradeo, Provincia di Oristano (Sardinia, Italy)
21°C, fair.
The following bird species were observed in the surroundings of the Nuraghe Nuradeo. This area was reached from Bosa following the road SS 129bis up to Suni and from there on the road SS 292 up to kilometre 65.5.
Kestrel (Falco tinnúnculus, Turmfalke):
1 female, hovering.
Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube):
1, flying.
Cetti´s Warbler (Céttia cetti, Seidensänger):
1, singing in a shrub.
Woodchat Shrike (Lánius senátor, Rotkopfwürger):
2, on a power line.
Hooded Crow (Corvus coróne cornix, Nebelkrähe):
2, on a power line.
Common Raven (Corvus corax, Kolkrabe):
5, flying.
Spotless Starling (Sturnus unícolor, Einfarbstar):
1, on a power line.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
1, flying.
Linnet (Carduélis cannábina, Bluthänfling):
2, flying.
Corn Bunting (Emberíza calándra, Grauammer):
3, two of them on a power line, one singing in a shrub.
Tyrrhenian Wall Lizard (Podarcis tiliguerta, Tyrrhenische Mauereidechse) : 3, on stones in the surrounding of the Nuraghe.

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Nuraghe Nuradeo, Provincia di Oristano (Sardinia, Italy)
(24.04.2008)

24.04.2008, 12:30-14:15
Area protetta di Pauli 'e Sali, Provincia di Oristano (Sardinia, Italy)
21°C, fair.
This area was reached on a road, which turns off from the road SS 292 at kilometre 64.8 in a northerly direction. – The following bird species were observed on the wetland and in its surroundings. – 43 bird species were observed in Sardinia within the first 6 days.
Quail (Cotúrnix cotúrnix, Wachtel):
1, calling.
Black Coot (Fúlica atra, Bleßralle):
20 (at least), swimming.
Black-winged Stilt (Himántopus himántopus, Stelzenläufer):
1, in shallow water.
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
7 ad., in shallow water.
Street Pigeon (Colúmba lívia f. doméstica, Haustaube):
2, flying.
Stonechat (Saxícola torquáta, Schwarzkehlchen):
1 male, on a shrub.
Hooded Crow (Corvus coróne cornix, Nebelkrähe):
15, 12 of them on wetland, 3 on a roof.
Spotless Starling (Sturnus unícolor, Einfarbstar):
9, 6 of them on a roof, 3 on a power line.
Spanish Sparrow (Passer hispaniolénsis, Weidensperling):
5 (at least), in the surroundings of a farm.
Corn Bunting (Emberíza calándra, Grauammer):
5, along the road in shrubs (photos).

 

 

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Area protetta di Pauli 'e Sali, Provincia di Oristano (Sardinia, Italy)
(24.04.2008)

25.04.2008, 11:50-12:30
Cabras, Mar'e Pauli, Provincia di Oristano (Sardinia, Italy)
22 °C, fair.
The water expanse Mar'e Pauli was reached from Riola Sardo on road SP 58. At kilometre 3.8 one has to turn to the right into an unpaved road, from which one has good views on the reedbeds and on the free water expanse. – The following bird species were observed.
Little Grebe (Pódiceps ruficóllis, Zwergtaucher):
2, swimming.
Great Cormorant (Phalacrócorax carbo, Kormoran):
1, on a post in the water expanse. The bird had still the white tight patch.
Little Egret (Egrétta garzétta, Seidenreiher):
3, flying.
Red-crested Pochard (Netta rúfina, Kolbenente):
2 females, swimming.
Kestrel (Falco tinnúnculus, Turmfalke):
1, flying.
Quail (Cotúrnix cotúrnix, Wachtel):
4 (at least), calling.
Purple Gallinule (Porphýrio porphýrio, Purpurhuhn):
1, in a reedbed.
Black Coot (Fúlica atra, Bleßralle):
10 (at least), swimming.
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
1 ad., swimming.
Wood Pigeon (Colúmba palúmbus, Ringeltaube):
2, flying
Turtle-Dove (Streptopélia turtur, Turteltaube):
1, calling.
Common Barn-Owl (Tyto alba, Schleiereule):
1 dead bird, on the road.
Great Reed Warbler (Acrocéphalus arundináceus, Drosselrohrsänger):
2 (at least), singing, in the reedbed.
Hooded Crow (Corvus coróne cornix, Nebelkrähe):
10, flying.
Spotless Starling (Sturnus unícolor, Einfarbstar):
1, on a power line.
Spanish Sparrow (Passer hispaniolénsis, Weidensperling):
5, on a roof.

 

IMG 0379 and IMG 0384
Cabras, Mar'e Pauli, Provincia di Oristano (Sardinia, Italy)
(25.04.2008)

25.04.2008, 12:15-12:30
Cabras, Stagno su Sali, Provincia di Oristano (Sardinia, Italy)
22 °C, fair.
The following bird species were observed on the water expanse of Stagno su Sali. This area was reached from the previous observation point by heading on the unpaved road about 1000 m in a westerly direction up to the edge of the large water expanse. – The following bird species were observed.
Shag (Phalacrócorax aristótelis, Krähenscharbe):
1, flying. The bill was yellow.
Great White Egret (Casmerodius albus, Silberreiher):
1, on the water's edge. The bill of the bird was yellow.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
1 male, swimming.
Common Tern (Sterna hirúndo, Flußseeschwalbe):
3, flying and diving.
Stonechat (Saxícola torquáta, Schwarzkehlchen):
1 male, in a reedbed.
Cetti´s Warbler (Céttia cetti, Seidensänger):
1, singing, in a reedbed.
Corn Bunting (Emberíza calándra, Grauammer):
1, in a reedbed.

IMG 0385
Cabras, Stagno su Sali, Provincia di Oristano (Sardinia, Italy)
(25.04.2008)

25.04.2008, 13:00-14:00
Cabras, Pauli'e Sali, Provincia di Oristano (Sardinia, Italy)
22 °C, fair.
This area was found by returning to road SP 58 and turning right into an unpaved track at kilometre 3.5. After about 3 km one reaches a car park at the east side of the water expanse, from where one has a good view on the birds in the shallow water. – The following bird species were observed.
Little Egret (Egrétta garzétta, Seidenreiher):
2, at the water's edge.
Purple Heron (Árdea purpúrea, Purpurreiher):
1, flying.
Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber, Rosaflamingo):
210, in shallow water.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
5 males, swimming.
Black-winged Stilt (Himántopus himántopus, Stelzenläufer):
30, in shallow water.
Eurasian Avocet (Recurviróstra avosétta, Säbelschnäbler):
50, in shallow water or swimming.
Grey Plover (Pluviális squataróla, Kiebitzregenpfeifer):
8, on the water's edge, moulting into the breeding plumage.
Little Stint (Calídris minúta, Zwergstrandläufer):
2, in shallow water.
Redshank (Tringa tótanus, Rotschenkel):
2, in shallow water.

 

IMG 0407, IMG 0411, and IMG 0417
Cabras, Pauli'e Sali, Provincia di Oristano (Sardinia, Italy)
(25.04.2008)

25.04.2008, 15:00-17:05
San Giovanni di Sinis, Thárros, excavation site, Provincia di Oristano (Sardinia, Italy)
22 °C, fair.
The following bird species were observed in the excavation site of Thárros.
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
50 (at least), on the sea.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
3, flying.
Redstart (Phoenicúrus phoenicúrus, Gartenrotschwanz):
1 male, on stone walls.
Spotless Starling (Sturnus unícolor, Einfarbstar):
10 (at least).
Spanish Sparrow (Passer hispaniolénsis, Weidensperling):
3 (2,1), in a shrub).
Goldfinch (Carduélis carduélis, Stieglitz):
2, on a fence.
Linnet (Carduélis cannábina, Bluthänfling):
2, in a shrub.

 

IMG 0420, IMG 0424, and IMG 0421
Thárros, excavation site, Provincia di Oristano (Sardinia, Italy)
(25.04.2008)

25.04.2008, 17:30
Putzu Idu, Stagno Sale Pórcus, Provincia di Oristano (Sardinia, Italy)
22 °C, fair.
The following bird species were observed at the edge of Stagno Sale Pórcus, a water expanse with very low water level.
Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginósus, Rohrweihe):
1 female, flying.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
1, flying.
Sardinian Warbler (Sýlvia melanocéphala, Samtkopfgrasmücke):
1, in a shrub.

IMG 0427
Stagno Sale Pórcus, Provincia di Oristano (Sardinia, Italy)
(25.04.2008)

26.04.2008, 11:55-15:30
Badde Orca, Monte Mannu, Provincia di Sassari (Sardinia, Italy)
22 °C, fair.
This area was reached from Bosa on road SP 19. At kilometre 9.4 one follows the turn-off to Badde Orca and reaches after 5.4 km the end of this secondary road, which is narrow, but in very good condition. At the end of the road are two closed gates. Between them is an accessible path along stone walls and shrubs. After about 500 m begins pasture land. On the right side of a closed gate one crosses a stone wall and reaches the slope, from where one has a look on the coastal road and the sea. Right from the before mentioned two closed gates at the end of the paved road begins a path into the mountainous area, which we followed for an hour before we turned back. – The following 22 bird species were observed in this area.
Common Buzzard (Búteo búteo, Mäusebussard):
3, soaring.
Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus, Gänsegeier):
6 (at least), circling over the mountainous area.
Kestrel (Falco tinnúnculus, Turmfalke):
2, flying.
Wood Pigeon (Colúmba palúmbus, Ringeltaube):
2, flying.
Common Cuckoo (Cúculus canórus, Kuckuck):
1, calling.
Wood Lark (Lúllula arbórea, Heidelerche):
2, one of them singing, one on a rock (photos).
Common Wren (Troglodýtes troglodýtes, Zaunkönig):
2, singing, in shrubs.
Nightingale (Luscínia megarhýnchos, Nachtigall):
1, singing.
Stonechat (Saxícola torquáta, Schwarzkehlchen):
2 (1,1), in a shrub.
Northern Wheatear (Oenánthe oenánthe, Steinschmätzer):
1, on rocks.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
3, along the path.
Blue Rock Thrush (Montícola solitárius, Blaumerle):
1, on the top of rocks.
Sardinian Warbler (Sýlvia melanocéphala, Samtkopfgrasmücke):
1, in a shrub.
Great Tit (Parus major, Kohlmeise):
1, singing, in a shrub.
Jay (Gárrulus glandárius, Eichelhäher):
1, flying.
Hooded Crow (Corvus coróne cornix, Nebelkrähe):
5 (at least), flying.
Spotless Starling (Sturnus unícolor, Einfarbstar):
30, on grassland.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
2, singing.
Greenfinch (Chloris chloris, Grünfink):
1, calling, in a shrub.
Goldfinch (Carduélis carduélis, Stieglitz):
2, on a shrub.
Cirl Bunting (Emberíza cirlus, Zaunammer):
6 (at least), along the path.
Corn Bunting (Emberíza calándra, Grauammer):
4 (at least), along the path.

 

 

IMG 565, IMG 541, IMG 544, IMG 560, and IMG 562
Badde Orca, hiking tour in the surroundings of Monte Mannu, Provincia di Sassari (Sardinia, Italy)
(26.04.2008)

27.04.2008,
Bosa, Provincia di Oristano (Sardinia, Italy)
20 °C, sunny.
No observations were registered.

28.04.2008, 10:00
Bosa, Provincia di Oristano (Sardinia, Italy)
20 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed from the roof terrace of the Hotel Corte Fiorita.
Street Pigeon (Colúmba lívia f. doméstica, Haustaube):
2, on the roof.
Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube):
2, on the roof.
Common Swift (Apus apus, Mauersegler):
50 (at least), flying.
Jackdaw (Corvus monédula, Dohle):
1, flying.
Spotless Starling (Sturnus unícolor, Einfarbstar):
2, on the roof.
Greenfinch (Chloris chloris, Grünfink):
1, singing on an antenna.

29.04.2008, 10:50-11:15
Porto della Taverna, Provincia di Olbia-Témpio (Sardinia, Italy)
20 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed from the terrace of the holiday house Trilo Molara in the surrounding gardens and on the water expanses.
Great Cormorant (Phalacrócorax carbo, Kormoran):
1, swimming.
Little Egret (Egrétta garzétta, Seidenreiher):
2, in shallow water. The birds had black bills.
Great White Egret (Casmerodius albus, Silberreiher):
1, in shallow water. The bird had a yellow bill.
Common Heron (Árdea cinérea, Graureiher):
2, at the lake shore.
Common Sandpiper (Actítis hypoléucos, Flußuferläufer):
3, on the water's edge.
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
2, swimming.
Common Cuckoo (Cúculus canórus, Kuckuck):
1, calling.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
2, in the gardens.
Spotted Flycatcher (Muscícapa striáta, Grauschnäpper):
1, on a roof.
Great Tit (Parus major, Kohlmeise):
1, calling.
Spanish Sparrow (Passer hispaniolénsis, Weidensperling):
2, on a roof.

29.04.2008, 11:45-12:15
Porto San Paolo, Provincia di Olbia-Témpio (Sardinia, Italy)
20 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed during a walk through the centre of Porto San Paolo.
Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube):
4 (at least), calling.
House Martin (Délichon úrbica, Mehlschwalbe):
10 (at least), flying.

29.04.2008, 18:00-19:00
Porto della Taverna, Provincia di Olbia-Témpio (Sardinia, Italy)
20 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed during an evening walk through the seaside resort of Porto della Taverna.
Little Egret (Egrétta garzétta, Seidenreiher):
1, in shallow water.
Common Sandpiper (Actítis hypoléucos, Flußuferläufer):
2, on the water's edge.
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
5, swimming.
Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube):
5 (at least), calling or flying.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
1, flying.
Spotted Flycatcher (Muscícapa striáta, Grauschnäpper):
1, on a roof.
Great Tit (Parus major, Kohlmeise):
2, flying.
Spanish Sparrow (Passer hispaniolénsis, Weidensperling):
2, on a roof.
Goldfinch (Carduélis carduélis, Stieglitz):
5, 4 flying, 1 singing.

 

  IMG 0603 and IMG 0606
Porto della Taverna, Provincia di Olbia-Témpio (Sardinia, Italy)
(29.04.2008)

30.04.2008, 09:45-10:30
Porto della Taverna, Provincia di Olbia-Témpio (Sardinia, Italy)
18 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed from the terrace of the holiday house Trilo Molara.
Kestrel (Falco tinnúnculus, Turmfalke):
1, flying.
Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube):
4, calling.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
1, flying.
Spotted Flycatcher (Muscícapa striáta, Grauschnäpper):
1, on a roof.
Great Tit (Parus major, Kohlmeise):
1, in a shrub.
Spotless Starling (Sturnus unícolor, Einfarbstar):
2, on a roof.
Spanish Sparrow (Passer hispaniolénsis, Weidensperling):
2, on a roof.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
1, singing.

30.04.2008, 11:40-12:30
Puntaldia, golf course, Provincia di Olbia-Témpio (Sardinia, Italy)
18 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed during a walk across the golf course of Puntaldia.
Turtle-Dove (Streptopélia turtur, Turteltaube):
1, on the lawn.
Common Wren (Troglodýtes troglodýtes, Zaunkönig):
1, singing.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
3, one of them singing.
Spotless Starling (Sturnus unícolor, Einfarbstar):
1, flying.
Goldfinch (Carduélis carduélis, Stieglitz):
2, flying.

 

  IMG 0612 and IMG 0614
Puntaldia, marina and golf course, Provincia di Olbia-Témpio (Sardinia, Italy)
(30.04.2008)

30.04.2008, 12:30
Puntaldia, Stagno di San Teodoro, Provincia di Olbia-Témpio (Sardinia, Italy)
18 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed on the Stagno di San Teodoro.
Shag (Phalacrócorax aristótelis, Krähenscharbe):
3 (of the subspecies P. a. desmarestii), on rocks in the sea. Underparts white, even wings with whitish bars.
Little Egret (Egrétta garzétta, Seidenreiher):
1, in shallow water.
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
10, at least, swimming on the lagoon.
Common Tern (Sterna hirúndo, Flußseeschwalbe):
20, flying or on small islands, probably breeding.
Stonechat (Saxícola torquáta, Schwarzkehlchen):
2 (1,1), in a shrub.
Serin (Serínus serínus, Girlitz):
1, singing, on a pine. Characteristic bright yellow rump, yellow head and yellow breast.

 

  IMG 0617 and IMG 0616
Stagno di San Teodoro, Provincia di Olbia-Témpio (Sardinia, Italy)
(30.04.2008)

30.04.2008, 19:15
Porto San Paolo, Provincia di Olbia-Témpio (Sardinia, Italy)
18 °C, fair.
The following bird species were observed during a short visit in the harbour of Porto San Paolo with the view to the nearby Ísola Tavolara.
House Martin (Délichon úrbica, Mehlschwalbe):
20 (at least), flying.
Hooded Crow (Corvus coróne cornix, Nebelkrähe):
1, landing on the pier.

30.04.2008, 19:45-20:30
Porto della Taverna, Provincia di Olbia-Témpio (Sardinia, Italy)
18 °C, fair, sunset and dusk.
The following bird species were observed from the terrace of the holiday house Trilo Molara.
Little Egret (Egrétta garzétta, Seidenreiher):
2, in shallow water.
Great White Egret (Casmerodius albus, Silberreiher):
1, in shallow water.
Common Heron (Árdea cinérea, Graureiher):
2, in shallow water.
Common Sandpiper (Actítis hypoléucos, Flußuferläufer):
5, at the water's edge.
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
5 ad., swimming.
Common Cuckoo (Cúculus canórus, Kuckuck):
1, calling.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
1, singing.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
1, singing.

01.05.2008, 12:10-13:45
Témpio Pausánia, Provincia di Olbia-Témpio (Sardinia, Italy)
22 °C, fair.
The following bird species were observed in the centre of Témpio Pausánia.
Street Pigeon (Colúmba lívia f. doméstica, Haustaube):
5, flying or on the street.
Common Swift (Apus apus, Mauersegler):
1, flying.
Jay (Gárrulus glandárius, Eichelhäher):
1, on a tree in the park.
Jackdaw (Corvus monédula, Dohle):
6, on roofs.
Spanish Sparrow (Passer hispaniolénsis, Weidensperling):
1, calling.

 

IMG 0620 and IMG 0623
Témpio Pausánia, Provincia di Olbia-Témpio (Sardinia, Italy)
(01.05.2008)

01.05.2008, 14:20-17:15
Monte Limbara, hiking tour, Provincia di Olbia-Témpio (Sardinia, Italy)
20 °C, fair.
The following bird species were observed during a hiking tour around Punta Balistreri (1359 m about sea level) in the Monte Limbara.
Common Cuckoo (Cúculus canórus, Kuckuck):
1, calling.
Common Swift (Apus apus, Mauersegler):
3, flying.
Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrócopos major, Buntspecht):
1, calling. The Great Spotted Woodpecker is the only Sardinian woodpecker.
Common Wren (Troglodýtes troglodýtes, Zaunkönig):
2, singing.
Robin (Eríthacus rubécula, Rotkehlchen):
3 (at least), singing.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
3 (at least), singing.
Pied Flycatcher (Muscícapa atricapílla, Trauerschnäpper):
1 female, on a tree. However, a female Collared Flycatcher could not be excluded. Head and back brown, not greyish-brown. Tail and wing black. The latter with white field. Underparts white, breast grey.
Coal Tit (Parus ater, Tannenmeise):
3, singing, in pines.
Common Raven (Corvus corax, Kolkrabe):
2, flying.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
7, singing.
Serin (Serínus serínus, Girlitz):
4 males, on pines. Characteristic yellow head and breast.

 

 

IMG 0624, IMG 0631, IMG 0634, and IMG 0635
Monte Limbara, hiking tour, Provincia di Olbia-Témpio (Sardinia, Italy)
(01.05.2008)

02.05.2008, 11:45-14:00
San Teodoro, Suaredda, Provincia di Olbia-Témpio (Sardinia, Italy)
20 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed on grassland mixed with shrubs and mounds of earth demarcated by shrubs and trees at the west side of road SS 125 at kilometre 291.2 (see picture).
Common Buzzard (Búteo búteo, Mäusebussard):
1, flying, attacked by a Hooded Crow.
Kestrel (Falco tinnúnculus, Turmfalke):
1 male, flying, also perching with prey on a power line.
Wood Pigeon (Colúmba palúmbus, Ringeltaube):
2, flying.
Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube):
2, flying.
Turtle-Dove (Streptopélia turtur, Turteltaube):
2, on a power line.
Common Cuckoo (Cúculus canórus, Kuckuck):
1, calling.
Bee-eater (Merops apiaster, Bienenfresser):
15 (at least), flying or roosting on a power line or on mounds of earth.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
10, flying.
House Martin (Délichon úrbica, Mehlschwalbe):
1, flying.
Nightingale (Luscínia megarhýnchos, Nachtigall):
2, singing.
Cetti´s Warbler (Céttia cetti, Seidensänger):
1, singing.
Sardinian Warbler (Sýlvia melanocéphala, Samtkopfgrasmücke):
2, in a shrub.
Spotless Starling (Sturnus unícolor, Einfarbstar):
3, on a power line.
Spanish Sparrow (Passer hispaniolénsis, Weidensperling):
5, calling, one of them on a power line.
Goldfinch (Carduélis carduélis, Stieglitz):
1, in a shrub.

 

  IMG 0638 and IMG 0851
Suaredda, Provincia di Olbia-Témpio (Sardinia, Italy)
(02.05.2008)

02.05.2008, 14:40
San Teodoro, Stagno di San Teodoro, Provincia di Olbia-Témpio (Sardinia, Italy)
25 °C, sunny.
To explore the bird life of Stagno di San Teodoro I started an excursion along the coastline from the Bar Ristorante L'Esagonale in the Via Cala D'ambra via the harbour to the dune, which separates the lagoon from the sea. On the return trip I left the beach already much earlier at a great car parking at the northern end of San Teodoro. To reach the area, insert into your navigation system: San Teodoro, Via Aosta 4. That is the last street at the northern end of San Teodoro. From there drive about 500 m northwards, then turn right to the sea and park your car on the large car park. Then walk northwards about 700 m along the coast line, cross the dune and walk about 250 m through grassland to the edge of the lagoon. – The following bird species were observed during this excursion.
Great Crested Grebe (Pódiceps cristátus, Haubentaucher):
3, swimming.
Great Cormorant (Phalacrócorax carbo, Kormoran):
1 juv., on a rock. Head wedge-shaped.
Little Egret (Egrétta garzétta, Seidenreiher):
4 (at least), in shallow water.
Great White Egret (Casmerodius albus, Silberreiher):
1, in shallow water. The bill was yellow.
Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber, Rosaflamingo):
125, in shallow water.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
1 female, flying.
Black Coot (Fúlica atra, Bleßralle):
7, swimming.
Common Sandpiper (Actítis hypoléucos, Flußuferläufer):
8, on the shingle beach.
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
50 (at least), swimming or on rocks in the lagoon.
Bee-eater (Merops apiaster, Bienenfresser):
12, flying north-eastwards over the sea! Maybe, these were migrating birds on their route to France or Northern Italy.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
20 (at least), flying.
Stonechat (Saxícola torquáta, Schwarzkehlchen):
2 (1,1), on grassland.
Spotted Flycatcher (Muscícapa striáta, Grauschnäpper):
1, on a tree.
Hooded Crow (Corvus coróne cornix, Nebelkrähe):
1, flying.
Spanish Sparrow (Passer hispaniolénsis, Weidensperling):
20, in a reedbed.
Linnet (Carduélis cannábina, Bluthänfling):
2, in a shrub.

IMG 0865
Scheme of Stagno di San Teodoro, Provincia di Olbia-Témpio (Sardinia, Italy)
(02.05.2008)

 

 

IMG 0857, IMG 0861, and IMG 0918
San Teodoro, Stagno di San Teodoro, Provincia di Olbia-Témpio (Sardinia, Italy)
(02.05.2008)

03.05.2008, 08:30-10:00
Porto della Taverna, Provincia di Olbia-Témpio (Sardinia, Italy)
20 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed from the terrace of the holiday house Trilo Molara:
Bee-eater (Merops apiaster, Bienenfresser):
1, flying (at 19:00).
Spotted Flycatcher (Muscícapa striáta, Grauschnäpper):
1, on the roof (photos).

IMG 0636
Porto della Taverna with view to Ísola Tavolara, Provincia di Olbia-Témpio (Sardinia, Italy)
(02.05.2008)

03.05.2008, 11:50-14:50
Capo Testa, Provincia di Olbia-Témpio (Sardinia, Italy)
25 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed in the mountainous surroundings of the lighthouse of Capo Testa or on the open sea north of Sardinia.
Mediterranean Shearwater (Puffinus yelkuan, Mittelmeer-Sturmtaucher):
200, swimming or flying. Upperparts dark, white breast and whitish belly. Underwings whitish with dark markings.
Shag (Phalacrócorax aristótelis, Krähenscharbe):
8 ad., swimming on the sea. Bill yellow, no white at the bill base. The yellow bill is characteristic for the subspecies P. a. desmarestii.
Kestrel (Falco tinnúnculus, Turmfalke):
1 male, on a rock. The back was red-brown with dark spots.
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
100 (at least), flying or swimming.
Street Pigeon (Colúmba lívia f. doméstica, Haustaube):
2, flying.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
8, flying.
Stonechat (Saxícola torquáta, Schwarzkehlchen):
4 (2,2), on shrubs.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
1, singing, on a rock.
Sardinian Warbler (Sýlvia melanocéphala, Samtkopfgrasmücke):
2 (at least), on shrubs.
Jackdaw (Corvus monédula, Dohle):
2, flying or on rocks.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
4, flying.
Goldfinch (Carduélis carduélis, Stieglitz):
2, flying.
Cirl Bunting (Emberíza cirlus, Zaunammer):
1 male, on a post.

 

 

IMG 0927, IMG 0930, IMG 0934, and IMG 0939
Capo Testa, Provincia di Olbia-Témpio (Sardinia, Italy)
(03.05.2008)

03.05.2008, 15:00-16:20
Valle di Luna, Provincia di Olbia-Témpio (Sardinia, Italy)
25 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed during a hiking tour in the mountainous surroundings of Valle di Luna.
Kestrel (Falco tinnúnculus, Turmfalke):
1, flying.
Sardinian Warbler (Sýlvia melanocéphala, Samtkopfgrasmücke):
4 (at least), in shrubs.
Common Wren (Troglodýtes troglodýtes, Zaunkönig):
1, singing.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
2 males, singing on rocks.
Blue Rock Thrush (Montícola solitárius, Blaumerle):
1, on the top of cliffs.
Goldfinch (Carduélis carduélis, Stieglitz):
3, in a shrub.
Linnet (Carduélis cannábina, Bluthänfling):
2, in a shrub.
Marginated Tortoise (Testudo marginata, Breitrandschildkröte): 1, an animal with a shell of a length of at least 30 cm.

 

 

IMG 0944, IMG 0958, IMG 0968, and IMG 0970
Valle di Luna, Provincia di Olbia-Témpio (Sardinia, Italy)
(03.05.2008)

04.05.2008, 08:10-10:50
Suaredda, Provincia di Olbia-Témpio (Sardinia, Italy)
24 °C, sunny.
I watched once more the birds on grassland and in shrubs at the edge of the village Suaredda. I parked the car at the Ristorante Pizzeria Elios at kilometre 291.2 of road SS 125, entered private ground and walked along a track into the grassland. The following 25 bird species were observed.
Little Egret (Egrétta garzétta, Seidenreiher):
1, in the water expanse of Stagno di San Teodoro.
Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber, Rosaflamingo):
110 (at least), in the water expanse of Stagno di San Teodoro.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
1 male, flying.
Kestrel (Falco tinnúnculus, Turmfalke):
1, flying.
Mediterranian Gull (Larus melanocéphalus, Schwarzkopfmöwe):
5 (at least), flying.
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
50, flying.
Wood Pigeon (Colúmba palúmbus, Ringeltaube):
1, flying.
Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube):
1, calling.
Turtle-Dove (Streptopélia turtur, Turteltaube):
1, on a power line.
Common Cuckoo (Cúculus canórus, Kuckuck):
1, calling.
Alpine Swift (Apus melba, Alpensegler):
2, flying. Great swifts with white underparts.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
8, on a power line (photos).
House Martin (Délichon úrbica, Mehlschwalbe):
2, flying.
Nightingale (Luscínia megarhýnchos, Nachtigall):
3, singing (photos).
Winchat (Saxícola rubétra, Braunkehlchen):
1 male, on a shrub (photos).
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
2, in shrubs (photos).
Reed Warbler (Acrocéphalus scirpáceus, Teichrohrsänger):
1, singing.
Great Reed Warbler (Acrocéphalus arundináceus, Drosselrohrsänger):
1, singing.
Sardinian Warbler (Sýlvia melanocéphala, Samtkopfgrasmücke):
1, singing, also seen.
Great Tit (Parus major, Kohlmeise):
1, singing.
Hooded Crow (Corvus coróne cornix, Nebelkrähe):
1, flying.
Common Raven (Corvus corax, Kolkrabe):
1, calling in flight.
Spotless Starling (Sturnus unícolor, Einfarbstar):
6, flying.
Spanish Sparrow (Passer hispaniolénsis, Weidensperling):
2, on a shrub.
Goldfinch (Carduélis carduélis, Stieglitz):
2, flying.

 

  IMG 0983 and IMG 1136
Observation area near Suaredda, Provincia di Olbia-Témpio (Sardinia, Italy)
(04.05.2008)

04.05.2008, 16:40-18:00
Porto della Taverna, Provincia di Olbia-Témpio (Sardinia, Italy)
20 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed during a walk along the southern shore of the water expanse in front of the holiday house Trilo Molara.
Great Cormorant (Phalacrócorax carbo, Kormoran):
1, roosting on a dead tree in the water expanse. This subadult bird with white underparts was finally unambiguously identified by its black webs and the naked part of its head.
Little Egret (Egrétta garzétta, Seidenreiher):
3, in shallow water.
Great White Egret (Casmerodius albus, Silberreiher):
1, catching and swallowing a great fish.
Common Heron (Árdea cinérea, Graureiher):
1, at the water's edge.
Black-winged Stilt (Himántopus himántopus, Stelzenläufer):
2, on the water's edge.
Kentish Plover (Charádrius alexandrínus, Seeregenpfeifer):
2, roosting at the water's edge on stones (photos).
Common Sandpiper (Actítis hypoléucos, Flußuferläufer):
2, on the water's edge.
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
10, on sands.
Wood Pigeon (Colúmba palúmbus, Ringeltaube):
1, flying.
Hooded Crow (Corvus coróne cornix, Nebelkrähe):
1, flying.
Goldfinch (Carduélis carduélis, Stieglitz):
1, in a shrub.

04.05.2008, 20:00
Porto San Paolo, Provincia di Olbia-Témpio (Sardinia, Italy)
15 °C, dusk.
The following species were observed from the bridge over a small stream.
Spotted Flycatcher (Muscícapa striáta, Grauschnäpper):
1, at the bridge over a small river in the village.
Bat (species? Fledermaus):
3 (at least), under the bridge over a small river in the village.

05.05.2008, 08:00-10:00
Porto della Taverna, Provincia di Olbia-Témpio (Sardinia, Italy)
18 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed from the terrace of the holiday house Trilo Molara.
Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube):
2, on the roofs.
Common Swift (Apus apus, Mauersegler):
3, flying.
Bee-eater (Merops apiaster, Bienenfresser):
1, flying.
Hooded Crow (Corvus coróne cornix, Nebelkrähe):
2, flying.
Spanish Sparrow (Passer hispaniolénsis, Weidensperling):
2, on the roofs.

IMG 0976
Porto della Taverna, water expanses in front of the holiday house Trilo Molara, Provincia di Olbia-Témpio (Sardinia, Italy)
(03.05.2008)

05.05.2008, 11:00-12:00
San Pantaleo, Provincia di Olbia-Témpio (Sardinia, Italy)
20 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed in the centre of the village.
Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube):
2, flying.
Common Swift (Apus apus, Mauersegler):
3, flying.
Jay (Gárrulus glandárius, Eichelhäher):
1, flying.
Spanish Sparrow (Passer hispaniolénsis, Weidensperling):
25, on the streets.
Greenfinch (Chloris chloris, Grünfink):
1, singing, on the Piazza della Chiesa.

IMG 1558
San Pantaleo, Provincia di Olbia-Témpio (Sardinia, Italy)
(05.05.2008)

05.05.2008, 12:30-14:30
Arzachena, Provincia di Olbia-Témpio (Sardinia, Italy)
20 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed in Arzachena and during a walk to a near-by hill.
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
1, flying.
Street Pigeon (Colúmba lívia f. doméstica, Haustaube):
4, flying.
Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube):
1, calling.
Common Swift (Apus apus, Mauersegler):
25 (at least), flying.
House Martin (Délichon úrbica, Mehlschwalbe):
10 (at least), flying.
Nightingale (Luscínia megarhýnchos, Nachtigall):
1, singing, near the car park.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
1, singing.
Blue Rock Thrush (Montícola solitárius, Blaumerle):
1 male, on a rock.
Jackdaw (Corvus monédula, Dohle):
1, on a roof.
Common Raven (Corvus corax, Kolkrabe):
3, flying.
Spanish Sparrow (Passer hispaniolénsis, Weidensperling):
10, on roofs.
Goldfinch (Carduélis carduélis, Stieglitz):
1, flying.
Linnet (Carduélis cannábina, Bluthänfling):
1, on a shrub.

 

IMG 1562, IMG 1569, and IMG1571
Arzachena, Provincia di Olbia-Témpio (Sardinia, Italy)
(05.05.2008)

05.05.2008, 14:50-15:20
Arzachena, Nuraghe Albucciu, Provincia di Olbia-Témpio (Sardinia, Italy)
24 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed in the surroundings of the Nuraghe Albucciu.
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
1, flying.
Grey Wagtail (Motacílla cinérea, Gebirgsstelze):
1, flying.
Nightingale (Luscínia megarhýnchos, Nachtigall):
1, singing.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
1, singing.

IMG 1575
Arzachena, Nuraghe Albucciu, Provincia di Olbia-Témpio (Sardinia, Italy)
(05.05.2008)

05.05.2008, 15:20-16:45
Arzachena, Tempietto di Malchittu, Provincia di Olbia-Témpio (Sardinia, Italy)
24 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed during a hiking tour from the visitor's centre at the Nuraghe Albucciu to the Tempietto di Malchittu.
Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrínus, Wanderfalke):
1, flying.
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
1, flying.
Common Cuckoo (Cúculus canórus, Kuckuck):
1, calling.
Robin (Eríthacus rubécula, Rotkehlchen):
1, singing.
Nightingale (Luscínia megarhýnchos, Nachtigall):
1, singing.
Stonechat (Saxícola torquáta, Schwarzkehlchen):
1 male, on a shrub.
Jackdaw (Corvus monédula, Dohle):
3, on the road.
Hooded Crow (Corvus coróne cornix, Nebelkrähe):
1, breeding on a nest.
Corn Bunting (Emberíza calándra, Grauammer):
1, on a power line.

 

IMG 1583, IMG 1587, and IMG 1590
Arzachena, Tempietto di Malchittu, Provincia di Olbia-Témpio (Sardinia, Italy)
(05.05.2008)

05.05.2008, 17:30-17:50
Vecchie Saline, Provincia di Olbia-Témpio (Sardinia, Italy)
24 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed in the former saltpans of the disused saltworks of Vecchie Saline
Little Egret (Egrétta garzétta, Seidenreiher):
2, in shallow water.
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
1, flying.
Bee-eater (Merops apiaster, Bienenfresser):
1, flying.
Stonechat (Saxícola torquáta, Schwarzkehlchen):
1 male, on a shrub.
Sardinian Warbler (Sýlvia melanocéphala, Samtkopfgrasmücke):
1, in a shrub.
Hooded Crow (Corvus coróne cornix, Nebelkrähe):
1, at the water's edge.

 

IMG 1602 and IMG 1603
Vecchie Saline, Provincia di Olbia-Témpio (Sardinia, Italy)
(05.05.2008)

06.05.2008, 08:15-09:15
Lu Fraili, SS 125, kilometre 293.4, Provincia di Olbia-Témpio (Sardinia, Italy)
19 °C, overcast.
At kilometre 293.4 of the road SS 125 is a very small outlet on the western side. There is place for two or three cars. From that place one has a good view over bushy grassland and some wetland. From the other side of road SS 125 one has a view over the northern water expanses of Stagno di San Teodoro. – The following bird species were observed on the western side of the road.
Little Egret (Egrétta garzétta, Seidenreiher):
1, on wetland.
Kestrel (Falco tinnúnculus, Turmfalke):
1, flying.
Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrínus, Wanderfalke):
1, flying. The falcon was larger than a Kestrel and had dark grey upperparts.
Turtle-Dove (Streptopélia turtur, Turteltaube):
1, calling.
Hoopoe (Úpupa epops, Wiedehopf):
1, calling.
Nightingale (Luscínia megarhýnchos, Nachtigall):
1, singing.
Northern Wheatear (Oenánthe oenánthe, Steinschmätzer):
1 male, on a stone wall.
Woodchat Shrike (Lánius senátor, Rotkopfwürger):
1, on a fence.
Hooded Crow (Corvus coróne cornix, Nebelkrähe):
2, flying.
Spanish Sparrow (Passer hispaniolénsis, Weidensperling):
3, in a shrub.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
1, singing.

 

IMG 1607 and IMG 1612
Observation area near Lu Fraili, SS 125, kilometre 293.4, Provincia di Olbia-Témpio (Sardinia, Italy)
(06.05.2008)

06.05.2008, 09:15
Lu Fraili, SS 125, kilometre 293.4, Provincia di Olbia-Témpio (Sardinia, Italy)
19 °C, overcast.
The following bird species were observed at or on the northern water expanses of Stagno di San Teodoro.
Little Egret (Egrétta garzétta, Seidenreiher):
1, on a rock.
Common Sandpiper (Actítis hypoléucos, Flußuferläufer):
1, at the water's edge.
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
15 (at least), swimming or on rocks.
Common Tern (Sterna hirúndo, Flußseeschwalbe):
2, plunge-diving.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
4, flying.
Nightingale (Luscínia megarhýnchos, Nachtigall):
1, singing.
Spanish Sparrow (Passer hispaniolénsis, Weidensperling):
10, on rocks in the water expanse.

IMG 1610
Stagno di San Teodoro near Lu Fraili, SS 125, kilometre 293.4, Provincia di Olbia-Témpio (Sardinia, Italy)
(06.05.2008)

06.05.2008, 10:00-10:20
Capo Coda Cavallo, Provincia di Olbia-Témpio (Sardinia, Italy)
22 °C, overcast.
The following bird species were observed looking from a platform to the islands Tavolara and Molara.
Shag (Phalacrócorax aristótelis, Krähenscharbe):
1, flying.
Street Pigeon (Colúmba lívia f. doméstica, Haustaube):
2, on a rock in the sea.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
10, flying.
Spotted Flycatcher (Muscícapa striáta, Grauschnäpper):
1, on a roof.
Spanish Sparrow (Passer hispaniolénsis, Weidensperling):
10, on roofs.
Greenfinch (Chloris chloris, Grünfink):
2, in a shrub. 
Goldfinch (Carduélis carduélis, Stieglitz):
4, in shrubs.

 

IMG 1614, IMG 1617, and IMG 1619
Capo Coda Cavallo, Provincia di Olbia-Témpio (Sardinia, Italy)
(06.05.2008)

 
     
 

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