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  1. 3Italianbirders

    Abruzzo and Gran Sasso National Parks, Italy, July 2020

    ha! We got a thunderstorm in Pescasseroli too! You can see the storm clouds gathering in the 4th photo.
  2. 3Italianbirders

    Abruzzo and Gran Sasso National Parks, Italy, July 2020

    1 to 4: views from the approach roads to Campo Imperatore in the Gran Sasso NP 5) another view of the plateau
  3. 3Italianbirders

    Abruzzo and Gran Sasso National Parks, Italy, July 2020

    1) the valley of the wolves (which we didn't see) in the Gran Sasso area 2) the plateau at Campo Imperatore, Gran Sasso NP 3) Looking for White-backed Woodpecker in Abruzzo NP 4) More of the same 5) The enchanted forest near Pescasseroli, Abruzzo NP
  4. 3Italianbirders

    Abruzzo and Gran Sasso National Parks, Italy, July 2020

    Jan, I hope you get to go! I think the lab is practically underneath the Snowfinches ;). And if you go let me know and I can provide some info on off the beaten track places to bird. And I promise to post landscape pics asap!
  5. 3Italianbirders

    Abruzzo and Gran Sasso National Parks, Italy, July 2020

    I hadn't thought about it, but probably we didn't really visit suitable habitats, especially in the Gran Sasso area. Had we spent more time in the Abruzzo NP we might have added a couple of species: the French birders we met had seen Subalpine Warbler in the next valley. I should probably add...
  6. 3Italianbirders

    Abruzzo and Gran Sasso National Parks, Italy, July 2020

    The full checklist: 1. Cormorant 2. Grey Heron 3. Great White Egret 4. Little Egret 5. Mallard 6. Honey Buzzard 7. Black Kite 8. Griffon Vulture 9. Marsh Harrier 10. Sparrowhawk 11. Buzzard 12. Golden Eagle 13. Kestrel 14. Hobby 15. Peregrine Falcon 16. Pheasant 17. Quail 18...
  7. 3Italianbirders

    Abruzzo and Gran Sasso National Parks, Italy, July 2020

    We spent 5 days in Abruzzo, a region in central Italy with three National Parks and a couple of regional ones. It also happened to be one of the areas in Italy that had been less affected by the COVID pandemic and thus presumably safer, although we weren’t planning to spend a lot of time in...
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