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Sicily 27/11/03 - 03/12/03,
This trip was not a real birding trip but just a trip to visit the Island. This is why it is not a surprise if I missed most of the good birds viewable on the Island.
Nevertheless I tried as much as possible to spend little times looking at birds here and there during the visit to the Island.
I was based on the surrounding of Palermo. I would advise any birder to stay on the other side of the Island on the east coast: Siracusa or so.
Other birding trip reports used:
SICILE2003Malvaud.doc In French from the site http://www.lpo.fr/voyages/italie.htm
http://www.surfbirds.com/mb/Features/messina/messina-0302.html in english
Visit to PalermoBotanical garden:
6+ Ring necked parakeets, Tree sparrow, Short toed Treecreeper, Grey wagtail, Chiffchaff, Chaffinch, Black Redstart, etc.In the town and surroundings also Spanish sparrow and domestic sparrow.Golf of Palermo
2 Sandwich terns, Yellow legged herring gull, Lesser black backed gull, Cormorant and far away, a few gannets.
Center of the Island, Piazza ArmeriaVilla Romana Casale
Greenfinch, goldfinch, Blue tit, coal tit,
1 Warbler sp reed warbler like but long white eyebrow and rufous upper tail! .
and on the surroundings: Raven, Cetti's warbler, Jackdaw, jay.Pergusa Lake
20+ Northern Pintail
could not make a full census of the lake because of the very poor light
Cirl bunting singingNear Sciacca:
3000+ Med gulls in flightNE of Menfi:
40+ Golden Plover in a ploughed field
4+ Crag martin
1 probable Bonelli on the surroundingsSelenute and surroundings
A probable lanner falcon.
Song thrush, blackcap, Serin,
Foce del fumentoSouth part
2+ Marsh harrier, Cisticola, Cetti's, 4 Hoopoes, 1 snipe, 1 GW egretNorth part
Reserve access closed
40+ Golden plover, 80+ Lapwings, Spotted redshank, Snipe, Ruff.Lentini lake surroundings
The access to the lake is forbidden. You can only watch through the gate and birds are really difficult to sea.
Too far to see anything on the lake
Probably 50 Flamingos, cormorants, a lot of gulls.Under the lake, east of it:
On flooded ploughed fields 4+ Temmink stint, 4 Greylag gooses, 40+ Golden plovers, lapwings.
Zingaro nature reserve:
Blue rock thrush
Possibly 1 Water pipit
No bonelli's eagleCapo San vito
2+ Yelkouan shearwater and gannets
Saline di Trappani
1 Black necked grebe, 40+ cormorants, 30+ Great white egrets, 50+ Little egrets, 10+ Grey Heron, 70+ Spoonbills, 100 Greater Flamingos, 40+ Mallards, 200+ Teals, 3+ Black winged stilt, 2+ Kentish plovers, 500+ Dunlins, 50+ Little stints, 1 Wood sandpiper, 1 common sand, 100+ common redshanks, 100+ Spotted redshanks, 1 MARSH SANDPIPER, 6 curlew, 20+ Slender billed gulls, .
Slender billed gull
Marsh sand with redshank
Marsh sand and a wood sand hidden on the left
Black necked grebe: 1 at Trappani Salt pans, 1 at lake perguso
Great crested grebe: a few at lake perguso I think
Yelkouan shearwater;: 2 at San vito lo capo
Gannet: Common around the island on sea
Great white egret: 1 at foce del fumento, 30+ at trapani salt pans
Spoonbill: 70+ at Trappani
Greater Flamingo: 40+ at lentini lake, 100 at Trapani salt pans
Greylag goose: 4 east of lentini lake
Marsh Harrier: 1+ at Trappani salt pans, 2+ at Fimento river reserv
Black winged stilt
Wood sandpiper: 1 at Trapani salt pans
Marsh Sandpiper: 1 at Trapani salt pans
Black headed gull
Slender billed gull
Yellow legged herring gull
Lesser black backed gull (intermedius)
Kingfisher: 1+ at fiumento river mouth south and 1 at Trapani salt pans
Great spotted woodpecker
Blue rock thrush
(warbler sp possible paddyfield)
Short toed tree creeper
Common starling common especially on coast
Spotless starling common