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Italy Wrap Up!

all seasons in one day 87 °F

One week ago, my adventure in Italy ended! I had the time of my life, and learned more than I ever thought possible! My favorite trip to Italy EVER!

Here are my host “cousins”
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Beautiful view of Urbania, Italia:
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The staff and students of “Si Parla Si Canta”
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Flying over the Alps on my way home:
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A great trip! And this week, I went on a trip with my girlfriend’s family to Michigan for a few relaxing beach days. That they were! Not many birds, but fun anyway!
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Stay tuned! My next trip this summer is my annual trip to Idaho, but I’ll do some birding around Illinois before then. After that, off to college at the Manhattan School of Music!

Good birding,
Henry
World Life List: 950 Species

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Day 22: Birding in the Italian Countryside

sunny 75 °F

Here are some birds I found along a country road here in Urbania!

WHITE WAGTAIL:
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Bird killer:
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Female COMMON BLACKBIRD:
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Male:
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Male BLACK REDSTART:
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Female:
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Young redstart of some species:
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BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE:
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EURASIAN NUTHATCH, nice!
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EURASIAN TREE SPARROW:
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GREAT TIT:
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EURASIAN TREECREEPER, very cool!
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COMMON WOOD PIGEON:
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A great day, stay tuned! Flying back to Chicago this Sunday.

Good birding,
Henry
World Life List: 950 Species

Posted by skwclar 08:02 Archived in Italy Comments (0)

Days 17-21: More Birds Around Urbania

Urbania, Italia

semi-overcast 80 °F

More fantastic birds around the area recently!

LITTLE EGRET:
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Today a walk around Urbania was lucrative with regards to birding:
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COMMON REDSTART:
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It’s related species, a BLACK REDSTART!
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EURASIAN BLUE TIT:
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Eurasian Garden Gecko:
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And my bird of the day, GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER, my 950th life bird!
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Good birding,
Henry
World Life List: 950 Species (1 life bird: Great Spotted Woodpecker)

Posted by skwclar 06:56 Archived in Italy Comments (1)

Days 14-16: San Marino

sunny 83 °F

Yesterday, on Sunday, I visited a new country: San Marino, a tiny independent state nestled atop a high mountain in the middle of the Italian peninsula! It was STUNNING!
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This beautiful BLACKCAP posed oh so nicely for me:
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As did this BLACK REDSTART, a really fun species to observe:
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Beautiful cat that posed for me:
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EURASIAN JACKDAW:
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Overall it was a beautiful experience. Bird-of-the-day to an unphotographed TREE PIPIT, which was a life bird for me, with runner-up to the BLACK REDSTART! Two weeks to go here in Italia!
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Good birding,
Henry
World Life List: 949 Species (1 life bird yesterday: Tree Pipit)

Posted by skwclar 06:21 Archived in San Marino Comments (0)

Days 11-13: Awesome Times in Italy!

Urbania, Italia

all seasons in one day 88 °F

My experience at “Si Parla Si Canta” is continuing strongly here in Bella Italia!

Here are some images from the past few days:
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Male COMMON REDSTART:
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BLACK REDSTART, nice!
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WOOD WARBLER, also nice to see!
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EURASIAN MAGPIE:
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This neat gecko allowed me to come so close that this photo was taken with my iphone!!
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Female EUROPEAN BLACKBIRD:
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The Blackbird (above) with a GREAT TIT in the center:
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Yesterday evening while at a friend’s apartment, I spotted this gorgeous rainbow! It truly is beautiful here!
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Bird-of-the-day yesterday goes to the Black Redstart, with runner up to the Wood Warbler.

Good birding,
Henry
World Life List: 948 Species (no recent life birds)

Posted by skwclar 04:19 Archived in Italy Comments (1)

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