De viewpoint of Gradina del Poggio in Monte Cònero Regional Park is a special place. Every year, at the arrival of spring, the same spectacle is repeated: the passage of thousands of birds of prey and other soaring birds on Mount Conero. The headland located within the park of the same name, is in fact one of the main landmarks for birds of prey that, from wintering areas, migrate to the European nesting territories. The Conero is considered the second most important migration site in Italy, after the Strait of Messina, for the spring migration of birds of prey.
The Park is ranked in the national top ten in Italy as a site for birdwatching. During the months of April and May you can sometimes admire more than 1000 birds of prey in a single day. You can see many European Honey-buzzard, Short-toed Snake Eagle and European Marsh Harrier, but also Eleonora's Falcon, Red-footed Falcon, Eurasian Hobby. Besides raptors also Common Crane, Black Stork and White Stork are sometimes seen here on passage.
You can park at the Gradina del Poggio (see the P on the map and click on the P to go there directly). You can combine a visit to the observation viewpoint with many walks in the Monte Cònero Regional Park (see below).
Terrain and HabitatMountain, Grassland
ConditionsMountainous, Open landscape
Is a telescope useful?Can be useful
Good birding seasonSpring, Summer, Autumn
Best time to visitSpring
Difficulty walking trailEasy
Birdwatching hide / platformNo
The Monte Cònero Regional Park is a protected area where you can walk in the 18 trails that wind through the woods. The area includes a stretch of high coastline, as well as a wide hilly interior, characterized by panoramic views. Its eastern slopes on the sea are made up of limestone cliffs and in the rest it is dominated by vast Mediterranean formations and mixed woods. See the link below to download walking trails.