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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)

Days 5-7: Pesaro

Pesaro, Italia

semi-overcast 80 °F

Yesterday and the day before I spent the day studying Italian language and music at the camp called “Si Parla Si Canta,” in which I am a part of this month. I had morning classes today, and then in the afternoon I visited Pesaro with a few kids from the camp.
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COMMON CHAFFINCH:
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Lizard in the tree:
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Male EUROPEAN GOLDFINCHES:
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Male EURASIAN BLACKBIRD:
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Female BLACKCAP:
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ITALIAN SPARROW:
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Unidentified passerine, any ideas?
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ROCK DOVE:
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EURASIAN SPARROWHAWK, very cool, only the second I’ve ever seen! My bird of the day!
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Good birding,
Henry
World Life List: 947 Species (no recent life birds)

Posted by skwclar 13:05 Archived in Italy Comments (3)

Day 4: Flower Petals Cover the Streets!

Urbania, Italy

sunny 73 °F

Today was the one day in Urbania when locals cover the streets in artwork made out of flower petals, blocking off the roads for a short time!
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BLACKCAP:
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A fun day!
Henry
World Life List: 947 Species

Posted by skwclar 13:45 Archived in Italy Comments (0)

Day 3: Gola del Furlo

Urbino, Italia

sunny 81 °F

Yesterday, mom, her friend Ann, and my friend Micaela visited a preserve called Furlo Gorge about a half an hour away from the town of Urbania. We were STUNNED by the scenery, and the birding was decent as well!

Before I talk about the park from yesterday, though, I want to mention that two days ago in the night I gained two life birds right here in Urbania: NIGHTINGALE and LITTLE OWL, with both being unphotographed and the second one heard-only.

Some beautiful scenes from the park:
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EURASIAN KESTREL:
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GREAT TIT:
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WOOD WARBLER, life bird!
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COMMON CHAFFINCH:
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EUROPEAN ROBIN:
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CORN BUNTING, life bird!
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EURASIAN SKYLARK:
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Other species identified but not photographed including a flushed GOLDEN EAGLE, as well as another life bird for me: a hooting TAWNY OWL (in broad daylight!), a close relative of the Barred back at home!

Perhaps my most exciting ID of the day came from the late evening when I was finally tucked under the covers of my host family’s bed, I heard the “toot” call of my life bird EURASIAN SCOPS OWL! I even recorded it from my bedroom in the video below; the call is a simple far-off note repeated a few times throughout this short clip. Very cool, an awesome find!

Bird-of-the-day to the Scops Owl, with runner-up to the Corn Bunting! This afternoon I will be starting my month long opera camp, so posting will probably be a bit more intermittent, but I will do my best to keep y’all updated!

Good birding!
Henry
World Life List: 947 Species (6 recent life birds)

Posted by skwclar 00:16 Archived in Italy Comments (2)

Day 2: The Avian Scene of Urbania

Urbania, Italy

sunny 81 °F

Today, I observed many interesting birds around the town of Urbania, Italy. Tomorrow I will go birding at a local national preserve that is nearby, so stay tuned!

BLUE TIT:
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HOODED CROW:
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EURASIAN MAGPIE:
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EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVES:
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EUROPEAN SERIN:
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Beautiful Urbania:
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EURASIAN TREE SPARROW:
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BLACKCAP, nice!
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WHITE WAGTAIL:
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This COMMON REDSTART, my first life bird in half a year, by far gave the best views of any bird for me in quite a long time, flycatching the entire day around the property and allowing for photos:
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Bird-of-the-day to the redstart! Stay tuned!
Henry
World Life List: 941 Species (1 life bird: Common Redstart)

Posted by skwclar 13:34 Archived in Italy Comments (1)

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