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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)

Day 1: Bella Italia!

Urbania, Italy

sunny 80 °F

Yesterday, my mom and I traveled from Chicago to the small mountain town of Urbania, Italy because I will be here for a month studying opera and Italian language!

The drive from Rome was very scenic and beautiful:
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Soon, we arrived at this beautiful inn in which we are staying for a couple days — then I will move in with a host family.
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The birding on the property is quite good — this is a EURASIAN JAY:
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EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE:
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ITALIAN SPARROW:
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WHITE WAGTAIL:
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Birds aren’t the only creatures around, though! House Gecko:
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Dinner was very delicious!
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Then, before bed, we had a beautiful walk home at dusk. I even heard (but didn’t see) a TAWNY OWL calling.
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Bird-of-the-day to the wagtail with runner-up to the owl for yesterday! Stay tuned!

Good birding,
Henry
World Life List: 940 Species (no life birds yesterday)

Posted by skwclar 03:28 Archived in Italy Comments (0)

Montrose with Kim

sunny 80 °F

On thursday, I went to Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary again with my friend Kim! It was quite good, but my camera died halfway through so not many photos.

GREEN HERON:
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Male WILSON’S WARBLER:
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And my bird-of-the-day, this male MOURNING WARBLER:
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Good birding,
Henry
World Life List: 940 Species

Posted by skwclar 13:52 Archived in USA Comments (1)

Veery

Oak Park, IL

sunny 80 °F

Hopefully this fun sighting here in the neighborhood today will brighten your wednesday evening! Off to Montrose Point with Kim Habel tomorrow!
Henry
World Life List: 940 Species
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Posted by skwclar 19:07 Archived in USA Comments (0)

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