Magadino Plain

01 May 2021 – 02 May 2021

Harry Kälin

In springtime, the Magadino Plain is the last stop for migrants before crossing the alps. If it rains during this time, there can be massive bird fallouts. The heavier the rain, the better. If the weather is nice, the area is still pretty interesting, but nothing compared to a weekend like this!

I had a fantastic birding weekend, and I even missed rarities like Black Scoters, Stone Curlew, Great Snipe, Richard's Pipit, Short-toed Lark, Subalpine Warblers and Collared Flycatchers that were seen by others. There are rare birds everywhere, you just have to find them.

Visited Sites

General Travelling Information

direct train from Zurich -> Bellinzona / about 1h40min

then, take a local train from Bellinzona to the smaller villages (Giubiasco, S. Antonino, Riazzino, Gordola or whatever) and start checking the fields! you'll be there in about 5-10min.

For the Bolle Di Magadino, get off the train / bus in Gordola (North Side of Bolle) or Magadino (South Side of Bolle)


Spring is by far the best time of the year to visit this area.

Species List

Order: systematic | alphabetic | highlights first
Published: 05 May 2021
Last updated: 05 May 2021
Orniverse: Magadino Plain (01 May 2021 – 02 May 2021)