In search of Mediterranean warblers in Tuscany

This morning we left Viareggio but before we started our 1,000km long trip home I wanted to give a chance of finding some more warbler species in one of the most famous wine region of the world. Tuscany is a beautiful province of Itlay. I fell in love with this wine region within a minute. The landscape, the people, the wines and the tranquility make this land extraordinary and visitors just want to return just before they leave this atmosphere.


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Olive tree avenue to the Casa Emma Winery. © Gyorgy Szimuly


The entrance of the very intimate Casa Emma Winery where European Goldfinches were chasing each other. © Gyorgy Szimuly

Birding wise it was light but some nice species was seen. Sardinan Warblers were singing at several spots like at San Donato. Also in San Donato I saw the very first Common House Martins for this year. In La Croce I heard and saw a beautiful Common Redstart singing on a chimney. In Radda in Chianti I saw two other Common Redstarts where we had our lunch break. While we were waiting for our extra sized pizza a dark phase Booted Eagle was flying just over the terrace of the pizzeria. It was strange to me that very very few birds of prey was seen during the whole trip in Italy. Barn Swallows, Italian Sparrows, European Blackcaps and Common Chiffchaffs were singing all around.


Typical Toscan terrior. © Gyorgy Szimuly


In about a month Mediterranean warblers will sing in these beautiful bushes. © Gyorgy Szimuly




Tuscany provided some extraordinary memories and made sure that we return the soonest.


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