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Wetlands north-west of Rome, Birding Day Trip, Italy
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Bird Watching Day Trip in Rome and its surroundings

A full-day birding in Rome trip, along the northern Lazio coastline visiting some of the most interesting places in the region. Starting from Rome we will explore a huge diversity of environments: river mouths, lagoons, inland river valleys and rural hills. Thanks to its volcanic origin, in the area north of Rome also offers excellent vineyards and products well known to gastronomy experts.

During the year more than 100 species of birds can be spotted during this bird watching trip including migratory, wintering and nesting species and, often, rarities too!

The first part of this Rome and surroundings bird watching trip will be focused on urban birding in some hotspots in the magnificent "Eternal City".

Then we'll move to the area northwest of Rome. After a quick visit to Bracciano lake, looking for water birds, we'll explore the Tolfa mountains, one of the best places of Central Italy for observing birds of prey.

In the afternoon, you can choose to visit the Mignone river vallery, within the Tuscia region, or the Tiber river mouth area and its associated coastal wetlands.

For those who would like to have a short urban birding tour, we also offer half-day tour in Rome. The Eternal City, with its historical gardens, archaeological sites and the banks of the Tiber gives excellent opportunities for urban birdwatching.

In addition, we can guide you in other gems of the region. The Veio Regional Park, Circeo National Park and the Tuscia region are just a few examples of what Lazio has to offer for nature and bird watching enthusiasts!

Trip Highlights

  • Urban birding in Rome
  • Dozen and dozens of bird species observable throughout the year
  • Photo session focused on the lesser kestrel
  • Some of the most beautiful birds of the Western Palearctic, including European roller and European bee-eater
  • The beautiful countryside of the Mignone Valley and its badlands
  • Not just birdwatching! Tasting wine and typical products of northern Lazio
Day 1
Morning Session: Birding in Rome

Early morning meeting in Rome where will we pick you up from your accommodation and then we will take you to some urban birding hotspots in the magnificent city of Rome.

Day 2
Lunch among Tolfa mountains

Transfer to the Tolfa mountains, among the best places of Central Italy for observing birds of prey and quick visit to Bracciano lake, looking for water birds.

Pocket lunch of local products with wine taste.

Day 3
Afternoon Session: Tuscia Area or Roman Coastal Wetlands

In the afternoon, you can choose to either venture to the Tuscia Area or the Roman Coastal Wetlands, just let us know when you complete the enquiry form.

Tuscia Area

Exploration of Mignone river valley, a rural area home of a extraordinary number of target species (in spring and summer period very high chanches to spot lesser kestrel, european roller, european bee-eater, etc.).

Quick stop at nearby coastal wetlands to look for Flamingos, Spoonbills and other birds related to this environment.

Or you can choose

Roman Coastal Wetlands

Exploration of Tiber river mouth and birding in the nearby lagoons and reedbeds (with ferruginous duck and pigmy cormorant as main target species).

Transfer to area north of Tiber where it is possible to observe dozens of species (as the european stone curlew) throughout the whole year. Moreover they always present a good number of wintering and migratory species, as well interesting raptor species.

Last stop of the journey dedicated to seawatching along the coast, looking for pelagic birds (as yelkouan shearwater).

Return to Rome.

From March to September highlights:

Red-crested pochard (Netta rufina), ferruginous duck (Aythya nyorca), Scopoli’s shearwater (Calonectris diomedea), yelkouan shearwater (Puffinus yelkouan), pigmy cormorant (Phalacrocorax pygmaeus), little bittern (Ixobrychus minutus), black-crowned night heron (Nycticorax nycticorax), squacco heron (Ardeola ralloides), cattle egret (Bubulcus ibis), great egret (Ardea alba), purple heron (Ardea purpurea), white stork (Ciconia ciconia), glossy ibis (Plegadis falcinellus), eurasian spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia), greater flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus), short-toed eagle (Circaetus gallicus), booted eagle (Hieraaetus pennatus), red kite (Milvus milvus), Montagu’s harrier (Cyrcus pygargus), pallid harrier (Circus macrourus), lesser kestrel (Falco naumanni), red-footed falcon (Falco vespertinus), eurasian hobby (Falco subbuteo), little crake (Porzana parva), pied avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta), black-winged stilt (Himantopus himantopus), eurasian stone curlew (Burhinus oedicnemus), collared pratincole (Glareola pratincola), kentish plover (Charadrius alexandrinus), broad-billed sandpiper (Limicola falcinellus), Temmink’s stint (Calidris temminki), marsh sandpiper (Tringa stagnatilis), pomarine skua (Stercorarius pomarinus), arctic skua (Stercorarius parasiticus), slender-billed gull (Chroicocephalus genei), mediterranean gull (Ichthyaetus melanocephalus), yellow-legged gull (Larus michahellis), Audouin’s gull (Ichthyaetus audouinii), gull-billed tern (Gelochelidon nilotica), caspian tern (Hydroprogne caspia), white-winged tern (Chlidonias leucopterus), whiskered tern (Chlidonias hybrida), great spotted cuckoo (Clamator glandarius), pallid swift (Apus pallidus), alpine swift (Tachymarptis melba), eurasian hoopoe (Upupa epops), common kingfisher (Alcedo atthis), european bee-eater (Merops apiaster), european roller (Coracias garrulus), crested lark (Galerida cristata), woodlark (Lululla arborea), red-rumped swallow (Cecropis daurica), tawny pipit (Anthus campestris), red-throated pipit (Anthus cervinus), common nightingale (Luscinia megarhynchos), black-eared wheatear (Oenanthe hispanica), blue rock thrush (Monticola solitarius), sardinian warbler (Sylvia melanocephala), spectacled warbler (Sylvia conspicillata), subalpine warbler (Sylvia cantillans), dartford warbler (Sylvia undata), zitting cisticola (Cisticola juncidis), Cetti’s warbler (Cettia cetti), great reed warbler (Acrocephalus arundinaceus), icterine warbler (Hippolais icterina), melodious warbler (Hippolais polyglotta), firecrest (Regulus ignicapilla), collared flycatcher (Ficedula albicollis), lesser grey shrike (Lanius minor), woodchat shrike (Lanius serrator), golden oriole (Oriolus oriolus), italian sparrow (Passer italiae), european serin (Serinus serinus), cirl bunting (Emberiza cirlus), black-headed bunting (Emberiza melanocephala), rock bunting (Emberiza cia), corn bunting (Emberiza calandra).

From October to February highlights:

Red-crested pochard (Netta rufina), ferruginous duck (Aythya nyorca), red-breasted merganser (Mergus serrator), black-throated loon (Gavia arctica), black-necked grebe (Podiceps nigricollis), yelkouan shearwater (Puffinus yelkouan), northern gannet (Morus bassanus), pigmy cormorant (Phalacrocorax pygmaeus), black-crowned night heron (Nycticorax nycticorax), cattle egret (Bubulcus ibis), great egret (Ardea alba), glossy ibis (Plegadis falcinellus), eurasian spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia), greater flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus), booted eagle (Hieraaetus pennatus), red kite (Milvus milvus), hen harrier (Circus cyaneus), saker falcon (Falco cherrug), merlin (Falco columbarius), common crane (Grus grus), pied avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta), eurasian stone curlew (Burhinus oedicnemus), kentish plover (Charadrius alexandrinus), pomarine skua (Stercorarius pomarinus), arctic skua (Stercorarius parasiticus), slender-billed gull (Chroicocephalus genei), mediterranean gull (Ichthyaetus melanocephalus), yellow-legged gull (Larus michahellis), Audouin’s gull (Ichthyaetus audouinii), common kingfisher (Alcedo atthis), crested lark (Galerida cristata), woodlark (Lululla arborea), Richard’s pipit (Anthus richardi), water pipit (Anthus spinoletta), bluethroat (Luscinia svecica), black redstart (Phoenicurus ochruros), desert wheatear (Oenanthe deserti), blue rock thrush (Monticola solitarius), sardinian warbler (Sylvia melanocephala), mustached warbler (Acrocephalus melanopogon), zitting cisticola (Cisticola juncidis), Cetti’s warbler (Cettia cetti), firecrest (Regulus ignicapilla), eurasian penduline tit (Remiz pendulinus), italian sparrow (Passer italiae), european serin (Serinus serinus), cirl bunting (Emberiza cirlus), rock bunting (Emberiza cia), corn bunting (Emberiza calandra).

What is included?

  • Transfers from and to Rome
  • Meals (lunch and breakfast) + 1 glass of wine
  • Scientific accompaniment by a professional Zoologist for the duration of the trip, with support material for wildlife observations (binoculars, spotting scope, field guides)

What is not included?

  • Everything not mentioned in "What is included"

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Why book with K' Nature?

The professional Ornithologists of K' Nature, among the first to guide international birding tours in the region, will be able to guide you to discover the rich biodiversity of the area and, thanks to the strong passion for food and wine, to get a taste of the local specialties.

I have one/more particular target species, could you help me in finding it?

Sure we can! Just tell us about your dream species and, if we are in the right season, we will do our best to find them and to organize our itinerary based on your needs!

What if I am vegan or vegetarian?

Do not worry! We will organize the menu for lunch and breakfast based on your needs!

Is it possible to organize the tour in another area of Lazio region?

Absolutely yes! We can create a tailor-made tour for you (from half a day to several days), including the sites of interest you wish to visit!

I am interested in another group of animals, is it possible to organize a tour not focused on bird watching only?

Of course! Our experts will also be able to create customized tours for you focused on other taxonomic groups (Amphibians and Reptiles, Mammals, Butterflies, etc.)!

Is it possible to organize a tour for a group of more than 4 participants?

Of course! Contact us to receive a personalized quote according to your needs.

You can send your enquiry via the form below.


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Tour Facts

  • Lazio Region, Italy
  • On Request
  • Full Day Trip
  • Birds
  • 1 to 4 pax
  • 1 day
  • all year
  • +18 years
  • Leisurely
  • English, Spanish, Italian
  • Rome Ciampino/Fiumicino
  • Rome Ciampino/Fiumicino