There are many parks in Rome that birds frequent: Villa Ada, Villa Doria Pamphili, Parco degli Acquedotti. There is even a Nature Reserve Valle dei Casali in Rome where you can observe the Barn owl. Paul Milne says that his favourite birding places in the Italian capital are the Maccarese Ponds and the Pineto di Castel Fusano on the coast as well as the Parco dell’Appia Antica.
Spring and autumn are the best seasons for admiring Roman birds. “Try to get out for dawn as most birds get active between dawn and mid-morning”, recommends Paul. “Evening can also be good but there is usually a lot more people around so the birds get disturbed”.
There are many species to be seen but it is the Mediterranean species that hold most interest such as Black Kite, Subalpine Warbler, Sardinian Warbler, Great Reed Warbler, Italian Sparrow, Bee-eater, Hoopoe, Pallid Swift and Penduline Tit. [...]