Austria is home to an impressive number of birds including resident, breeding, migrating, and wintering birds. Austria has a great variety of habitat types including plenty of lakes, forests, and valleys that are good for birding. From the steppe landscape in the East with its Great Bustards, Saker Falcons, and Eastern Imperial Eagles to the alpine foothills with their White-backed Woodpeckers and Red-breasted Flycatchesto and the high altitudes of the Alps with their Golden Eagles. Lake Neusiedl is called the "Jewel of European Nature" and has more than 300 different species, some of them extremely rare and unique to this area.
The best seasons for a birder in Austria is typically spring and early summer. Spring is marked by its abundance beautiful songs which are not to be missed. In Eastern Austria it's worth looking for waders along the lakes. In the mountains of Western Austria there are abundant swallows and martins, Pied Flycatchers, and Bramblings getting ready to migrate. Summer is a breeding season and an especially suitable time to visit wetlands and check out the shorebirds.