In early May, Dave Nevitt and I led a very successful Naturetrek tour to the south east of Sicily. We greatly enjoyed the company of our enthusiastic group, staying in a big farmstead near Syracuse which was set amidst beautiful countryside. During a busy week, we visited several coastal sites as well as Mount Etna. Common species around the farm and its vineyards included Turtle Dove, Nightingale, Sardinian Warbler and Tree Sparrow. Of course, we also found many more breeding birds and passage migrants along the coast. Highlights included Slender-billed Gull, Audouin's Gull, Rufous-tailed Bush Robin and Great Spotted Cuckoo. Equally memorable were the incredibly close views of breeding waders!
It is difficult to take photos when leading a tour so I am very grateful to Peter Spillet for the excellent photographs included in this post.