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  1. Jos Stratford

    Italia Exotica, 29 March-3 April.

    Bird Checklist Waterfowl Mute Swan. Eight Arnetta, two River Sesia, four Le Folaghe. Greylag Goose. One Le Folaghe. Common Shelduck. Two Arnetta, seven Massaciuccoli. Mandarin Duck. Pair Parco Castello. Garganey. 16 Arnetta, two Le Folaghe. Northern Shoveler. 140 Arnetta. Gadwall. 35...
  2. Jos Stratford

    Italia Exotica, 29 March-3 April.

    3 April. Le Folaghe. With an early afternoon flight from Bergamo, departed the Massaciuccoli area fairly early and began the journey north. Only one real stop, Le Folaghe - some pools near the motorway south of Milan - final exotica in the form of Pheasants, but otherwise a fairly nice mix of...
  3. Jos Stratford

    Italia Exotica, 29 March-3 April.

    2 April. Lucca, Massaciuccoli. Repeat of the day before, albeit in rather better weather - no less than eight Red-billed Leiothrix at Lucca (a pair, then a very engaging flock of six), plus Short-toed Treecreeper, Wryneck and several Crag Martins at the same location, then a few hours at the...
  4. Jos Stratford

    Italia Exotica, 29 March-3 April.

    1 April. Lucca, Massaciuccoli. Rainy day - shorts and umbrella, perfect birding attire! My final target for this trip, and indeed one of the main targets, was Red-billed Leiothrix - an attractive bird that is fond of riverside thickets and lush bushland. Many possible localities for this bird...
  5. Jos Stratford

    Italia Exotica, 29 March-3 April.

    31 March. Arnetta, Sesia, Pavia. Heavy overnight rain had fortunately stopped as I headed out to bushland just north of the Arnetta pools for dawn. As typical for quail, Northern Bobwhite is none too easy to find, even less so as the area they favour is thick bramble and scrub in a mosaic of...
  6. Jos Stratford

    Italia Exotica, 29 March-3 April.

    In poor light for photographs, a couple of shots of the Ashy-throated Parrotbills - very nice little birds
  7. Jos Stratford

    Italia Exotica, 29 March-3 April.

    But meanwhile, enjoying the Italian 'sunshine' at Palude Brabbia, home of the parrotbills ...
  8. Jos Stratford

    Italia Exotica, 29 March-3 April.

    With tickets to a concert in Milan dictating the timing and the season being decidedly not optimal for Alpine butterflies nor for birding in general, I scratched my head a little for what to do in Italy for a few days. And then an idea appeared - an attempt to see all of the established exotics...
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