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Red-billed Leiothrix, Cinque Terre (1 Viewer)

Val35

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Hi, I'll be staying in Liguria (Italy) for about week in January. It's not a birding trip and I have no potential lifers there except this feral species. Most sightings on eBird seem to be in the Cinque Terre NP. I'll be staying in Sestri Levante (there's one eBird sighting there...) but I will probably have a little time to search for the species in the National Park area.
Are there any reliable locations to see this species between La Spezia and Portofino ? In what type of habitat should I look for it ?
I guess it's more difficult to see in winter but I will give it a try anyways :)
Thanks !
 
I'm returning from Italy today and found Red-Billed Leiothrix pretty easily in Monterosso al Mare, near the convent of the Capuchin friars, a group of about 15 birds (44,1461030, 9,6531039).

Today, on my way to Livorno, I stopped at the Oasi LIPU Massaciuccoli and found again about 10 RBL (43,8404066, 10,3528075).
I didn't find any Red Avadavats there, which was my main reason for stopping, but it was very windy and seeing passerines in general proved difficult...
I did see 6 Sacred Ibises there though.
 

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