with a birding team of only 4 (7 for few days) birders of the group MISC (could you imagine a birders' coverage as northern European islands???) in the last two weeks we found in the Pelagie islands - LINOSA and LAMPEDUSA, Sicilian Channel, Sicily (S Italy) the following rarities:
- siberian chiffchaff: 1 tristis at Linosa on 5th Nov and up to 3 at Lampedusa on 11th to 15th Nov.
- yellow-browed warblers: a tot. of 6 on Linosa and 1 in Lampedusa from 28th October to 5th November. THIS FIGURE MAY SEEMS TO BE LOW FOR YOU NORTHERN GUYS, BUT SO FAR DOWN TO THE SOUTH THEY ACQUIRE A FAR MORE IMPORTANT VALUE FOR RARITY FINDERS AND STUDENT, AS THE REVERSE MIGRATION THEORIES AND RELATED DISCUSSIONS AND PAPERS SHOULD TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THIS DATA !!
- red-brested flycatchers: a record number ever for Italy of 23 from 22nd Oct. to 11th Nov.
- SAKER: 1 juv. at Linosa on 31st Oct- 1st Nov. HOW MANY EUROPEAN BIRDERS HAVE SEEN A SAKER COMING FROM A WONDERFUL SEA INTO LAND OVER AN INCREDIBLE VOLCANIC ISLAND ????
- RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL: 1 at Linosa on 5th-6th Nov. This is the 14th or 15th for Italy. found by me, and a DREAM BIRD FOR MIKI VIGANO', THE YOUNGEST OF THE TEAM but AMONG THE BEST ITALIAN BIRDERS
- OLIVE-BACKED PIPIT: 1 at Linosa on 30th Oct. it's the 6th for Italy, while the 5th has been identified from a photo at Piani di Spagna (Como, Nortehrn Italy) on 23rd of Oct.
- DESERT WHEATEAR: 1 female at Linosa on 6th-8th Nov.
- "EASTERN" LESSER WHITETHROAT: 1 minula/halimodendri at Linosa on 5th Nov. It would be the 1st of Italy if accepted.
- RUFOUS TURTLE DOVE: 1 juv. meena at Linosa on 7th-10th Nov. It's the 2nd record ever for Italy after the 1st being shot on Sept. 1901 (of orientalis race).
- Trumpeter Finch: 1 at Lampedusa on 12th Nov.
- Little Bunting. 1 at Linosa on 22nd Oct.
- Desert Grey Shrike: 1 algeriensis at Lampedusa on 3rd Nov. it's the
2nd for Italy of algeriensis race (6th Desert GS in tot.) (AND SO FAR 2ND FOR EUROPE T00)
WHY DON'T YOU PLAN TO COME NEXT SPRING OR AUTUMN?
ADDITIONAL ARE ITALIAN FOOD AND WINE THAT HAVE FEW WORLD COMPETITORS, A MAJESTIC LANDSCAPE AND SEA, WE WERE SWIMMING ON MID NOVEMBER AFTER SOME RARE BIRDS FINDING, AFRICAN SUNSETA ND SUNRISE, WALKING ALL AROUND SMALL ISLANDS WITH NO CARS AND FEW PEOPLE AROUND, POTENTIAL NEW SPECIES FOR EUROPE (SUCH AS ATLAS FLYCATCHERS ALREADY FOUND ETC.)....
PS: I'm not paid by the major of LINOSa and the touristic office as Harry Hussey think I only dream about more birders coming to Sicily and finding lot of good birds one day...