It must be disappointing with the dearth of trip reports for Italy as it tends to get written off as a birdless country. This is simply not true expecially in Le Marche. However, birding in Italy is not easy and definitely requires perseverance and good field craft; birds are generally shy and flighty. It is possible to see a nice selection of Mediterranean species in mid July which is certainly not the best month of the year. Early starts are advisable when there is shade and it is cooler – birds are fairly active until about 10am but with temperatures regularly over 40°C by midday things can really tail off.
The area is fantastic for Red-backed Shrikes and Cirl Buntings in particular. The shrikes are one of the more confiding species and any walk would yield several sightings, often at close range. By way of contrast, Cirl Buntings are incredibly flighty and difficult to see. However, their song could literally be heard everywhere. Quail can be heard from nearly every field. A bird truly to be reckoned with, certainly rivalling Corncrake for elusiveness.
The best birds for an holiday could be the Subalpine Warbler, Purple Heron, Black-eared Wheatear and Honey Buzzard with a good supporting cast of Hoopoe, Nightingale, Quail, Serin and Marsh Tit, Honey Buzzard. If you are lucky you can see an Hoopoe flew onto a breakfast bar.
Most bird song could be attributed to two species, the ubiquitous Blackcap and Cirl Bunting. It is very common to hear and see the Green Woodpecker, Turtle Dove, Common Buzzard and the common hirundines.
In July it is possible to admire trip species including Skylark, Linnet, Stonechat and Mistle Thrush plus cracking views of a male Cirl Bunting.
|Barn Swallow||Eurasian Collared Dove||Hoopoe|
|Black-eared Wheatear||Eurasian Jackdaw||House Sparrow|
|Chaffinch||Eurasian Magpie||Little Owl|
|Cirl Bunting||Eurasian Skylark||Long-tailed Tit|
|Common Blackbird||European Greenfinch||Marsh Tit|
|Common Blue Tit||European Nuthatch||Mistle Thrush|
|Common Buzzard||European Robin||Moorhen|
|Common Linnet||European Serin||Nightingale|
|Common Quail||European Turtle Dove||Northern House Martin|
|Common Redstart||Great Spotted Woodpecker||Purple Heron|
|Common Starling||Great Tit||Red-backed Shrike|
|Common Stonechat||Green Woodpecker||Western Subalpine Warbler|
|Common Swift||Honey Buzzard||White Wagtail|
|Common Wood Pigeon||Hooded Crow||Yellowhammer|