Wildlife and bird-watching

Wildlife and birds at Sant’ Antonio and our surrounding areas

Sant’ Antonio Country Resort is surrounded by forests (part of our forests are under the protection of World Heritage UNESCO), farm lands and olive groves in the heart of southern Tuscany.  Our relaxed and quite atmosphere has seen an increase of bird and animal life around our property, forests, our small lake and on our farm lands.

Common mammals that live on and around our grounds are roe deer, wild board, porcupines, hedgehogs, fox, hare and rabbits, badgers and squirrels.

For birdwatchers – there are a number of various birds that will keep you occupied and interested throughout your stay with us on our property and surrounding country side.

Between 15 to 35 minutes drive from Sant’ Antonio Country Resort are various lakes rich in bird life and an heaven for bird watchers.  The biggest lakes are Lago Trasimeno, Lago di Chiusi but perhaps the best out of the 3 for bird life is Lago di Montepulciano or better known as Oasi di Montepulciano.

Oasi di Montepulciano is a relatively shallow lake which occupies roughly 1 square kilometre of water surface – partially covered by typical lake plants and canes making it an idea nesting and breading area for aquatic birds.

A letter received by one of our clients:

Dear Nico,
We hope your trip to Great Britain was productive and fun.  We had such a wonderful time at your Holiday resort in Tuscany!  Thank you for loaning us your binoculars! They came in quite handy after Dale left hers at the Abby at Sant’Antimo.  We ended up spotting 47 species of birds while in Italy, with 4 only in Rome.  However, we saw 17 species on your property, but with 43 species in the Montepulciano area.  Remember, while on your property we were mainly dealing with our grandchildren, so missed identifying numerous ones, including one you pointed out under an olive tree by the pool.  And that was after the Hoopoe already had migrated in last August, since we were there from August 25-Sept1.
We would highly recommend your place to anyone- birders, families, or couples! 
Give our best regards to your lovely wife, Elena.  She was so gracious and helpful during the Barrel races in Montepulciano.
Also, attached is the list of birds we saw.

Craig and Dale, Arkansas

Photos and information placed on our website with the very kind permission of Dale.

PODICIPEDIFORMES: Podicipedidae    
Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis Oasi Montepulciano LIPU
Great Crested Grebe Podiceps cristatus Oasi Montepulciano LIPU
Gray Heron Ardea cinerea Oasi Montepulciano LIPU
Purple Heron Aedea Oasi Montepulciano LIPU
Great Egret Ardea alba Oasi Montepulciano LIPU
Little Egret Egretta garzetta Oasi Montepulciano LIPU
Black-crowned Night-Heron Nycticorax nycticorax Oasi Montepulciano LIPU
ANSERIFORMES: Anatidae    
Greylag Goose Anser anser Oasi Montepulciano LIPU
Eurasian Wigeon Anas penelope Oasi Montepulciano LIPU
Mallard Anas platyrhynchos Oasi Montepulciano LIPU
Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata Oasi Montepulciano LIPU
FALCONIFORMES: Accipitridae    
Eurasian Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus Montepulciano area
Eurasian Buzzard Buteo buteo Montepulciano area
FALCONIFORMES: Falconidae    
Merlin Falco columbarius Montepulciano area
GALLIFORMES: Phasianidae    
Ring-necked Pheasant Phasianus colchicus Sant’Antonio and Montepulciano area
GRUIFORMES: Rallidae    
Eurasian Coot Fulica atra Oasi Montepulciano LIPU
Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus Oasi Montepulciano LIPU
Yellow-legged Gull Larus cachinnans Rome
Black-headed Gull Larus ridibundus Oasi Montepulciano LIPU
COLUMBIFORMES: Columbidae    
Rock Pigeon Columba livia Rome, Sant’Antonio
Stock Dove Columba oenas Montepulciano area
Common Wood-Pigeon Columba palumbus Sant’Antonio
Eurasian Turtle-Dove Streptopelia turtur Sant’Antonio
Eurasian Collared-Dove Streptopelia decaocto Sant’Antonio
PSITTACIFORMES: Psittacidae    
Rose-ringed Parakeet Psittacula krameri Rome (Villa Medici)
STRIGIFORMES: Tytonidae    
Barn Owl Tyto alba Sant’Antonio
CORACIIFORMES: Alcedinidae    
Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis Oasi Montepulciano LIPU
CORACIIFORMES: Meropidae    
European Bee-eater Merops apiaster Sant’Antonio
PICIFORMES: Picidae    
Green Woodpecker Picus viridis Oasi Montepulciano LIPU
PASSERIFORMES: Hirundinidae    
Sand Martin or Bank Swallow Riparia riparia Sant’Antonio
Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica Sant’Antonio
(Eurasian) Blackbird Turdus merula Rome, Montepulciano area
PASSERIFORMES: Muscicapidae    
Spotted Flycatcher Muscicapa striata Sant’Antonio
European Robin Erithacus rubecula Rome
Coal Tit Periparus ater Sant’Antonio
Great Tit Parus major Rome, Sant’Antonio
Eurasian Blue Tit Cyanistes caeruleus Sant’Antonio
Eurasian Nuthatch Sitta europaea Sant’Antonio
Eurasian Jay Garrulus glandarius Montepulciano town
Eurasian Magpie Pica pica Sant’Antonio
Hooded Crow Corvus cornix Rome, Sant’Antonio
Common Raven Corvus corax Montepulciano
PASSERIFORMES: Sturnidae    
European Starling Sturnus vulgaris Oasi Montepulciano LIPU
PASSERIFORMES: Passeridae    
House Sparrow Passer domesticus All over
Italian Sparrow Passer hispaiolensis x italae Rome
PASSERIFORMES: Fringillidae    
(European) Goldfinch Carduelis carduelis Oasi Montepulciano LIPU
Greenfinch Carduelis chloris Sant’Antonio

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