Summer observations of Eleonora’s Falcon (Falco eleonorae) in the Stura Valley (South Western Alps)
From 1999 to 2020 the Eleonora’s Falcon (Falco eleonorae) has been observed 12 times at the site of Madonna del Pino, near Demonte (Province of Cuneo - Piedmont - South Western Alps). All of these individuals were birds in their second calendar year and thus these sightings are to be attributed to summer movements of nonbreeding animals. The growing number of observations of this species is imputable to the increasing identification skills of birdwatchers, necessary in order to distinguish Eleonora’s Falcons from the similar and very common Eurasian Hobby (Falco subbuteo), and to the constant monitoring of migrating raptors as part of the Migrans Project.
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