Birdwatching in South Tyrol (Italy) – especially in the Provincia Autonoma di Bolzano

July 11  ̶  27, 2015

 

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Excursions

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Hans Schick
Contact or comments: schick@asca-berlin.de

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Introduction

From July 11 – 27, 2015 I spent my holidays 8 days for birdwatching in the southern part of Sardinia. Accommodated in the Hotel RaXul Rooms in Sestu near Cagliari I visited the saltworks Saline di Quartu and Saline di Santa Gilla, the lakes Stagno di Molentargius and Stagno di Caglari, the Laguna di Nora, and the Resereva Naturale di Monte Arcosu.. I was accomgagnied by Stefan Wedler.

Itinerary
July 11, 2015: Flight with EasyJet from Berlin-Schönefeld to Cagliari. Arrival at 18:40. Take-over of the prepaid rented car from Goldcar. Drive from the airport to the nearby little town of Sestu. Accomodation in the Hotel RaXul Rooms for the next 7 nights.
July 12, 2015:  From 10:40 until 13:15 birdwatching in the Saline di Quartu, especially from the bridge (Viale di Colombo) crossing the water expanse ot the saltworks. Thereafter hiking tour across Parco Naturale Regionale Molentargius-Saline up to the pumping station Idrovora del Rallone.
July 13, 2015: Drive on Strada Statiale SS195 via Pula to the Laguna di Nora. Birdwatching on the wetland around the Laguna. Thereafter visit of the the excavation site of the ancient town.
July 14, 2015: Birdwatching at the south bank of the lake Stagno di Molentargius. Thousands of Greater Flamingos were breeding on a small dam or strip of land in the lake. Later birdwatching around the pumping station Idrovora del Rallone.
July 15, 2015: Hiking tour in the Reserva Naturale WWF in the surroundings of Monte Arcosu.
July 16, 2015: Birdwatching at the north bank of the lake Stagno di Cagliari, in the valley of the river Riu Cixerri, and at the Saline di Gilla.
July 17, 2015: Birdwatching at the Saline di Quartu and at the ponds north of the saltworks.
July 18, 2015: Once again birdwatching at the Saline di Quartu and at the ponds north of the saltworks. In the late afternoon return to the airport of Cagliari and direct flight with EasyJet to Berlin-Schönefeld. Arrival at 22:00.

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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 7D Mark II in combination with a telephoto lens (Canon EOS 7D Mark II, EF 100-400 mm, f/4.5-5.6L IS USM and Extender 1.4x 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.
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.

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


Excursions

13.07.2015, 09:00
Hafling, surroundings of Hotel Sonnenheim,
Autonome Provinz Bozen (Südtirol, Italy)
22 °C, fair
The following bird species were observed in the surroundings of Hotel Sonnenschein.
Italian Sparrow (Passer domésticus itáliae, Italiensperling):
5, on the terrace of Hotel Sonnenheim.

P108-0043
Hafling, Hotel Sonnenheim, Autonome Provinz Bozen (Südtirol, Italy)
(13.07.2015)

13.07.2015, 11:40-14:30
VöranHafling, hiking tour, Autonome Provinz Bozen (Südtirol, Italy)
22 – 27 °C, fair
The following bird species were observed during the hiking tour from Vöran-Gasthaus Grüner Baum to Hafling-Oberdorf, Hotel Sonnenheim on tracks 16 and 14.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
6, flying.
House Martin (Délichon úrbica, Mehlschwalbe):
4, flying.
White Wagtail (Motacílla alba, Bachstelze):
3, 2 of them on the roof of a house, 1 near Brüggen-Weiher.
Common Wren (Troglodýtes troglodýtes, Zaunkönig):
1, singing.
Robin (Eríthacus rubécula, Rotkehlchen):
1, singing.
Black Redstart (Phoenicúrus ochrúros, Hausrotschwanz):
1 female, on a fence.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
3, singing.
Blackcap (Sýlvia atricapílla, Mönchsgrasmücke):
2, singing.
Crested Tit (Parus cristátus, Haubenmeise):
1, on a fir.
Common Tree Creeper (Cérthia familiáris, Waldbaumläufer):
1, on a fir (white flanks).

 

P108-0044, P108-0051, and P108-0053
Hiking tour from Vöran to Hafling, Autonome Provinz Bozen (Südtirol, Italy)
(13.07.2015)

14.07.2015,
Meran 2000
Meraner Hütte, hiking tour, Autonome Provinz Bozen (Südtirol, Italy)
20 - 28 °C, fair.
The following birdspecies were observed during the hiking tour from the cable car station Meran 2000 to Meraner Hütte (1960 m) and back via Kreuzjöchl (1984 m), Maiser Alm (1783 m), and Moschwaldalm (1750 m) to Falzeben (1609 m).
Grey Wagtail (Motacílla cinérea, Gebirgsstelze):
1, on rocks in a mountain stream.
Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica, Elster):
2, calling.
Carrion Crow (Corvus coróne, Rabenkrähe):
1, flying.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
2, singing.

 

 

P108-0060, P108-0061, P108-0063, P108-0076, and P108-0077
Meran 2000Meraner HütteKreuzjöchl, hiking tour, Autonome Provinz Bozen (Südtirol, Italy)
(14.07.2015)

14.07.2015, 21:00
Hafling, surroundings of Hotel Sonnenheim,
Autonome Provinz Bozen (Südtirol, Italy)
24 °C, fair.
House Martin (Délichon úrbica, Mehlschwalbe):
40 (at least) circling in the surroundings of the Hotel.
Italian Sparrow (Passer domésticus itáliae, Italiensperling): 5 (at least); on the terrace of the restaurant of Hotel Sonnenheim (already at 17.30 Uhr).

 

P108-0058m and P108-0059
Hafling, surroundings of Hotel Sonnenheim, Autonome Provinz Bozen (Südtirol, Italy)
(14.07.2015)

15.07.2015, 10:00-10:35
Hafling, surroundings of the church St. Johann, Autonome Provinz Bozen (Südtirol, Italy)
25 °C, fair.
The following birdspecies were observed in the surroundings of the church St. Johann near the bus station Hafling-Dorf.
Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica, Elster):
2, calling, on a tree.
Carrion Crow (Corvus coróne, Rabenkrähe):
10, on grassland.

 

P108-0097 and P108-0100
Hafling, surroundings of the church St. Johann, Autonome Provinz Bozen (Südtirol, Italy)
(15.07.2015)

15.07.2015, 11:00-16:40
Schenna, Waalweg, Autonome Provinz Bozen (Südtirol, Italy)
30 °C, fair.
The following birdspecies were observed during the hiking tour on the Schennaer Waalweg between the Iflinger cable car station and the Taser cable car station.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
4, flying.
White Wagtail (Motacílla alba, Bachstelze):
1, in an apple plantation
Robin (Eríthacus rubécula, Rotkehlchen):
1, singing.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
3 (at least), singing.
Mistle Thrush (Turdus viscívorus, Misteldrossel):
1. Indirect evidence: a primary of a Mistle Thrush was found on the track.
Blackcap (Sýlvia atricapílla, Mönchsgrasmücke):
5 (at least), singing.
Jay (Gárrulus glandárius, Eichelhäher):
1. Indirect evidence: a tail-fether of a Jay was found on the track.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink): 2, on the ground.

 

P108-0104, P108-0105, P108-0106, and P108-0109
Schenna, Waalweg, Autonome Provinz Bozen (Südtirol, Italy)
(15.07.2015)

16.07.2015, 13:30-14:15
Meran, town centre, Autonome Provinz Bozen (Südtirol, Italy)
30 °C, fair.
The following birdspecies were observed during a walk in the centre of Meran through the Elisabeth Park and along the river Passer on Passeggiata d' Inverno and Passeggiata Lungo Passirio upto Via Otto Huber.
Street Pigeon (Colúmba lívia f. doméstica, Haustaube):
5 (at least).
Common Swift (Apus apus, Mauersegler):
4, flying.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
2, flying along the river.
Crag Martin (Ptyonoprógne rupéstris, Felsenschwalbe):
3, flying along the river.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
2, on a lawn.
Blackcap (Sýlvia atricapílla, Mönchsgrasmücke):
1, singing.
Italian Sparrow (Passer domésticus itáliae, Italiensperling):
10 (at least).

 

P108-0128, P108-0125, and P108-0127
Meran, town centre, Autonome Provinz Bozen (Südtirol, Italy)
(16.07.2015)

17.07.2015, 09:00-10:00
Hafling, surroundings of Hotel Sonnenheim, Autonome Provinz Bozen (Südtirol, Italy)
25 °C, fair.
The following birdspecies were observed in the surroundings of Hotel Sonnenheim.
Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica, Elster):
2, on a tree.
Carrion Crow (Corvus coróne, Rabenkrähe):
3, flying.
Italian Sparrow (Passer domésticus itáliae, Italiensperling):
5 (at least), on the terrace of Hotel Sonnenheim.

17.07.2015, 10:30-17:00
Hafling, hiking tour around mount Großer Mittager, Autonome Provinz Bozen (Südtirol, Italy)
24 °C, fair.
The following birdspecies were observed during a hiking tour from the cable car station Meran 2000 via Missensteiner Joch (2128 m), Kesselberghütte (2300 m), Mittager Hütte (2260 m), Öttenbacher Alm (1924 m), Meraner Hütte (1960 m), and Waidmannalm (1998 m) back to the cable car station Meran 2000.
Kestrel (Falco tinnúnculus, Turmfalke):
1, flying in the area of Waidmannalm.
Crag Martin (Ptyonoprógne rupéstris, Felsenschwalbe):
1, flying in the surroundings of Meraner Hütte.
Northern Wheatear (Oenánthe oenánthe, Steinschmätzer):
3, on rocky grassland in the area of mount Großer Mittager.
Alpine Chough (Pyrrhócorax gráculus, Alpendohle):
6, flying in the area of Mount Großer Mittager.
Common Raven (Corvus corax, Kolkrabe):
2, flying in the area of Mount Großer Mittager.

 

 

 

P108-0135, P108-0140, P108-0141, P108-0143, P108-0144, P108-0162, and P108-0164
Hafling, hiking tour around mount Großer Mittager, Autonome Provinz Bozen (Südtirol, Italy)
(17.07.2015)

18.07.2015, 11:00-12:00
Hafling, Sinichbach, Autonome Provinz Bozen (Südtirol, Italy)
30 °C, fair.
The following birdspecies were observed during a hiking tour from the bus station Hafling Dorf to the waterfall of the Sinichbach.
Grey Wagtail (Motacílla cinérea, Gebirgsstelze):
1, at the waterfall.
White-breasted Dipper (Cinclus cinclus, Wasseramsel):
2, at the waterfall.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
2, singing.
Blackcap (Sýlvia atricapílla, Mönchsgrasmücke):
2, singing.
Carrion Crow (Corvus coróne, Rabenkrähe):
9, flying.

 

P108-0166 and P108-0167
Hafling, Sinichbach, Autonome Provinz Bozen (Südtirol, Italy)
(18.07.2015)

19.07.2015, 10:30-13:30
Meran, Algunder Waalweg, Autonome Provinz Bozen (Südtirol, Italy)
35 °C, fair.
The following birdspecies were observed during a hiking tour along the Algunder Waalweg from Töll to Gratsch.
Green Woodpecker (Picus víridis, Grünspecht):
1, calling.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
1, in an apple plantation.
Blackcap (Sýlvia atricapílla, Mönchsgrasmücke):
2, singing.

 

 

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19.07.2015, 20:30
Hafling, surroundings of Hotel Sonnenheim,
Autonome Provinz Bozen (Südtirol, Italy)
30 °C, fair.
During a walk along the Falzebenstraße the following birdspecies was observed.
Eurasian Nutcracker (Nucífraga caryocatáctes, Tannenhäher):
2, flying.

20.07.2015, 13:00-15:00
Hafling, hiking tour from Oberdorf to Falzeben, Autonome Provinz Bozen (Südtirol, Italy)
30 °C, fair.
The following birdspecies were observed during a hiking tour from Hafling Oberdorf to Falzeben through the forest on track 50.
Wryneck (Jynx torquílla, Wendehals):
1, calling.
Green Woodpecker (Picus víridis, Grünspecht):
1, calling.
Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrócopos major, Buntspecht):
1, hammering.
White Wagtail (Motacílla alba, Bachstelze):
1, flying.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
1, on the path.
Blackcap (Sýlvia atricapílla, Mönchsgrasmücke):
1, singing.
Jay (Gárrulus glandárius, Eichelhäher):
3, calling, also seen.
Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica, Elster):
2, on a roof.
Carrion Crow (Corvus coróne, Rabenkrähe):
1, calling.
Italian Sparrow (Passer domésticus itáliae, Italiensperling):
5 (at least), near houses.
Squirrel (Sciúrus vulgáris, Eichhörnchen):
1, on a fir.

21.07.2015, 09:30-16:00
Hafling, Meraner HütteKreuzjochWurzer Alm, Autonome Provinz Bozen (Südtirol, Italy)
25 – 30 °C, fair.
The following bird species were observed during the hiking tour from the cable car station Meran 2000 to the Bus Station Hafling Dorf (1290 m) via Waidmannalm (1998 m), Meraner Hütte (1960 m), Kreuzjoch (2086 m), Auenjoch (track E5), Vöraner Alm (1873 m), and Wurzer Alm (1707 m, track 2).
Crag Martin (Ptyonoprógne rupéstris, Felsenschwalbe):
3, in the surroundings of Meraner Hütte (1960 m).
White Wagtail (Motacílla alba, Bachstelze):
2, one in the surroundings of Vöraner Alm (1873 m), one near the bus station of Hafling Dorf (1290 m).
Common Raven (Corvus corax, Kolkrabe):
4, in the surroundings of Meraner Hütte (1960 m).

22.07.2015
Hafling, surroundings of Hotel Sonnenheim,
Autonome Provinz Bozen (Südtirol, Italy)
27 – 32 °C, fair.
The following bird species were observed in the surroundings of Hotel Sonnenschein.
House Martin (Délichon úrbica, Mehlschwalbe):
10 (at least), in the surroundings of the hotel.
Black Redstart (Phoenicúrus ochrúros, Hausrotschwanz):
1 female, in the garden.
Italian Sparrow (Passer domésticus itáliae, Italiensperling):
5 (at least), in the surroundings of the hotel.

23.07.2015, 09:40-13:45
Hafling, hiking tour to Kuhleitenhütte, Autonome Provinz Bozen (Südtirol, Italy)
25 – 30 °C, fair.
The following birdspecies were observed during a hiking tour from the cable car station Meran 2000 (1900 m) on the tracks 3 and 19A to Kuhleitenhütte (2361 m).
Northern Wheatear (Oenánthe oenánthe, Steinschmätzer):
2, one of them near Kuhleitenhütte (2300 m), the other one at about 2100 m in Oswaldscharte.
Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica, Elster):
1, flying near the cable car station Meran 2000 (1900 m).
Alpine Chough (Pyrrhócorax gráculus, Alpendohle):
30 (at least), flying as flock around Kuhleitenhütte (2361 m).
Common Raven (Corvus corax, Kolkrabe):
3, flying around Kuhleitenhütte (2361 m).

24.07.2015,
Meran, Schloß Trautmannsdorf,
Autonome Provinz Bozen (Südtirol, Italy)
28 °C, fair.
The following bird species were observed in the surroundings of Schloß Trautmannsdorf.
Crag Martin (Ptyonoprógne rupéstris, Felsenschwalbe):
3, flying.
Blackcap (Sýlvia atricapílla, Mönchsgrasmücke):
1, singing.
Italian Sparrow (Passer domésticus itáliae, Italiensperling):
5 (at least).

25.07.2015,
Hafling, Panoramaweg around Großer Mittager,
Autonome Provinz Bozen (Südtirol, Italy)
20 °C, changeable, sometimes raining.
The following birdspecies were observed during a hiking tour from cable car station Falzeben (1609 m)/Meran 2000 on track 3 via Missenstein-Joch (2128 m) to Kesselberg-Hütte (2300 m) and from there on track 14 (Panoramaweg) via Öttenbacher Alm (1924 m) and Meraner Hütte (1960 m) back to Meran 2000 and Falzeben.
Crag Martin (Ptyonoprógne rupéstris, Felsenschwalbe):
2, flying around the cable car Station Falzeben (1609 m).
Water Pipit (Anthus spinolétta, Bergpieper):
4, east of Kesselberg-Hütte on rocky grassland..
Dunnock (Prunélla moduláris, Heckenbraunelle):
1, on rocky grassland. Alpenbraunelle was excluded, because no red colour was observed.
Northern Wheatear (Oenánthe oenánthe, Steinschmätzer):
4, 3 of them near Missenstein-Joch, one of them near Öttenbacher Alm (1924 m).
Common Raven (Corvus corax, Kolkrabe):
2, flying near Missenstein-Joch (2128 m).
Alpine Marmot (Marmota marmota, Alpenmurmeltier): 1, on rocky grassland near Kesselberg-Hütte.

26.07.2015, 09:00
Hafling, surroundings of Hotel Sonnenheim,
Autonome Provinz Bozen (Südtirol, Italy)
22 °C, fair.
The following bird species were observed around Hotel Sonnenheim.
Green Woodpecker (Picus víridis, Grünspecht): 1, calling.
Black Redstart (Phoenicúrus ochrúros, Hausrotschwanz):
2 juv., in the garden of the hotel.
Carrion Crow (Corvus coróne, Rabenkrähe):
1, on grassland.
Italian Sparrow (Passer domésticus itáliae, Italiensperling):
10 (at least), around the hotel.

26.07.2015, 11:50-15:40
Dorf Tirol, town centre and castle, Autonome Provinz Bozen (Südtirol, Italy)
28 °C, fair.
Street Pigeon (Colúmba lívia f. doméstica, Haustaube):
10.
Green Woodpecker (Picus víridis, Grünspecht):
1, calling.
Crag Martin (Ptyonoprógne rupéstris, Felsenschwalbe):
3, flying.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
1, warning.
Blackcap (Sýlvia atricapílla, Mönchsgrasmücke):
1, singing.
Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica, Elster):
2, flying.
Italian Sparrow (Passer domésticus itáliae, Italiensperling):
10 (at least).

 
     
 

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