Not in this country, but in Italy, and I am already missing the almost ever-present calls of these birds I enjoyed throughout most of my recent time in Tuscany, not to mention their dazzling colours. I will produce a fuller account soon, but the other highlights of our family holiday in Pisa and Casole d'Elsa included Italian Sparrows, Squacco Herons, Cattle Egrets, Zitting Cisticola plus Swallowtail and Geranium Bronze butterflies, and of course the odd drop of Chianti.


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