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Birdwatching in Lower Austria,
This summer, 2001, my wife and I went for a week's holiday in Fuschl, about 45 minutes from Salzburg. The village was very nice and we thoroughly enjoyed our week's holiday. I had hoped that I would be able to get in some good alpine birdwatching but unfortunately this area proved disappointing.
The geography of the area is mostly mature conifer woodland with some deciduous areas and farmed grassland. There is very little arable or animal farming. The grassland seemed to support almost no birds except for the white wagtail which was very common. Most birds lived around the farms and villages and house martins were very common. The woods seemed to have few birds though you could occasionally hear them in the tree canopy. One day we walked for an hour along a beautiful forest track full of wild flowers and butterflies and we saw one solitary bird - a wren. The best bet is to sit at a forest clearing and wait for the birds to come to you.
We did go to Vienna for the day and travelled through a large arable area which appeared to have more birds - the highlight being a white stork.
I suspect that we were not high enough to get the alpine birds I hoped for. In the week I did not see any other birdwatcher - tourist or local.
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