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LOOKING FOR PICTURES: BIRDWATCHING

The hills in the Terre Diverse, literally "different lands", have been one of the most interesting subject for many birdwatchers from all over north-western Italy and beyond (eg. Switzerland) because if coming from the north, it is the closest area where you can observe the "specialty" of Mediterranean climates. During spring and summer it is possible to get in contact with birds of wonderful colors such as Jay (Coracias garrulus) and the European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster) and many other species of warm climates. Unique is the combination of common Subalpine Warbler (Sylvia cantillans) and Moltoni of Subalpine Warbler (Sylvia subalpine), two species little known to the mass in spite of the undoubted beauty. The Oltrepò is one of the few areas where you can meet them both, not a small thing in the eyes of the fan, as the former is exclusively distributed in the Mediterranean basin and the second is even a species endemic in Italy. We should also mention the Black-headed Bunting (Emberiza melanocephala) from the beautiful livery. To these species mentioned above we can easily add many other examples, including Alpine Swift (Apus melba), Crag (Ptyonoprogne rupestris), shrike (Lanius minor) and Nuthatch (Tichodroma walls), especially appealing to the Nordic tourists and others: Golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos), harrier (Circaetus gallicus), black Stork (Ciconia nigra), peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus) and many more. Ultimately for birdwatchers in many European countries Oltrepò is the closest area  where you can observe numerous species in the Mediterranean or Oriental. A peculiarity to be reckoned with!

Francesco Gatti

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