Climate change makes it possible
Bird from North America spotted in Ticino
An ornithologist spotted a willow yellowthroat in Ticino. According to Ficedula, the ornithology and bird protection organization of Italian Switzerland, the fact that the bird species that lives in North America is appearing in Ticino could be due to climate change.
A willow yellowthroat has been spotted in Ticino. The bird species lives in North America and usually winters in the Azores.
In the cold season, the willow yellowthroat usually stays on the Portuguese archipelago of the Azores, Ficedula President Roberto Lardelli said on Wednesday when asked by Keystone-SDA. This is where the bird species that lives in North America overwinters.
This year, however, ornithologists in the Azores have searched in vain for willow yellowthroats, Lardelli said. But now one of them has apparently reached Ticino.
This “shift” may have something to do with the climatic changes. The sighting in the Bolle di Magadino nature reserve could be the first record of the bird species in continental Europe, Lardelli noted.
However, the President of the Ornithological and Bird Protection Organization of Italian-speaking Switzerland is also worried about the little bird belonging to the warbler family: Now that the temperatures are dropping, the willow yellowthroat will soon no longer be able to find the insects it needs to survive.