Join for FREE
It only takes a minute!
Zeiss - Always on the lookout for something special ‚Äď Shop now

Welcome to BirdForum.
BirdForum is the net's largest birding community, dedicated to wild birds and birding, and is absolutely FREE! You are most welcome to register for an account, which allows you to take part in lively discussions in the forum, post your pictures in the gallery and more.

Sardinia and Corsica 9-22 June 2019

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread
Old Tuesday 23rd July 2019, 06:24   #1
3Italianbirders
Registered User
 
3Italianbirders's Avatar

 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Tuscany - Italy
Posts: 262
Sardinia and Corsica 9-22 June 2019

This year we went for what our daughter called an ďalmost normalĒ holiday . We had had a very busy spring and didnít want to drive thousands of kilometres like we did in Spain last year and in Scotland two years ago, nor could we face the hassle of flying - renting a car etc. We opted instead for a re-run of our very successful 2010 holiday in Corsica, adding a few days on the island of San Pietro, off the south-western tip of Sardinia, where there is a LIPU reserve with a large colony of Eleonoraís Falcons.

We booked ferries from the mainland (Civitavecchia) to Olbia in Sardinia, then from Santa Teresa to Bonifacio in Corsica and the return trip from Bastia to Livorno. We also booked B&B accommodation in Sardinia and a self-catering AirBnB in Corte, where we were based for our week in Corsica. We also had to spend one night in Bonifacio (avoid if you can, as itís very hard to find anything under Ä200 - breakfast NOT included!), and used the Hotel des Etrangers, minimal but functional ensuite rooms at reasonable prices (breakfast Ä 8 per person though). The setting is stunning though with the added bonus of Alpine Swifts above the old town.

I wonít do a day to day account of the trip as I normally do as we didnít have any real targets and devoted a few days to relaxing, cruising around and birding on the side, so Iíll just summarise the main highlights of the trip.

Of course mid-June can already be very hot thus generally not very good for birdlife, also as I said we didnít have any real targets apart from trying for better views of Marmoraís warbler than we had had during a previous trip to Sardinia many years ago. We also hoped for Storm Petrel during the crossing from Sardinia to Corsica, but werenít lucky. San Pietro didnít disappoint, while Corsica was busier and hotter than we remembered and birds more difficult to see.

We dipped on Barbary Partridge, Lammergeier (apart from a brief glimpse), the above mentioned Storm Petrel, Audouinís Gull and Rock Sparrow, but we didnít really try hard except for the Lammy.

The ferry crossings provided good views of both species of Shearwaters, Yelkouan and Scopoliís, the usual Yellow-legged Gulls and little else, apart from lots of Common Terns as we sailed into Olbia on the first day and a lone Little Tern as we docked at Livorno. Yelkouans were particularly plentiful on the Sardinia-Corsica crossing.

On San Pietro island we were shown around the reserve by Luciano, the guy who runs it, who also gave us tips for seeing other stuff around the island. The cliffs are breathtaking and apart from Eleonoraís Falcons, they host Ravens, a few pairs of Peregrines, Crag Martins, Alpine Swifts, Rock Doves, Blue Rock Thrush, Shags, and Flycatchers and Sardinian Warblers in the surrounding maquis.

We spent the best part of our evenings on the viewing terrace below the lighthouse and were rewarded with excellent views of the falcons and also stuff out at sea, such as Yelkouan and Scopoliís Shearwaters - no whales alas. Gianni also saw an Osprey here.

We also had fun on a very windy day at the northernmost tip of the island, where the ďtonnaraĒ (tuna-processing place) used to be. Shearwaters and Shags were very close and we also saw three Kentish Plovers.

The saltpans just south of Carloforte were pretty good, considering the time of the year, with Flamingoes, Slender-billed Gulls, Terns, Shelducks, Kentish Plover, and breeding Avocets and Stilts. There should also be a small colony of Audouinís Gulls, but we dipped on those (we really didnít try).
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	Falco-della-regina1.jpg
Views:	45
Size:	381.3 KB
ID:	700228  Click image for larger version

Name:	Falco-della-regina2.jpg
Views:	37
Size:	357.7 KB
ID:	700229  Click image for larger version

Name:	Gabbiano-roseo.jpg
Views:	20
Size:	546.2 KB
ID:	700230  Click image for larger version

Name:	Passero-solit.jpg
Views:	21
Size:	381.6 KB
ID:	700231  Click image for larger version

Name:	Rondone-max.jpg
Views:	30
Size:	395.7 KB
ID:	700241  


Last edited by 3Italianbirders : Tuesday 23rd July 2019 at 06:37.
3Italianbirders is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Tuesday 23rd July 2019, 06:26   #2
3Italianbirders
Registered User
 
3Italianbirders's Avatar

 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Tuscany - Italy
Posts: 262
more pics
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	Pellegrino.jpg
Views:	36
Size:	286.5 KB
ID:	700232  Click image for larger version

Name:	Fratino.jpg
Views:	15
Size:	434.1 KB
ID:	700233  Click image for larger version

Name:	Cavaliere-d'Italia.jpg
Views:	11
Size:	288.8 KB
ID:	700234  Click image for larger version

Name:	Pigliamosche.jpg
Views:	25
Size:	396.9 KB
ID:	700235  Click image for larger version

Name:	Averla-picc.jpg
Views:	15
Size:	442.7 KB
ID:	700242  


Last edited by 3Italianbirders : Tuesday 23rd July 2019 at 06:38.
3Italianbirders is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Tuesday 23rd July 2019, 06:29   #3
3Italianbirders
Registered User
 
3Italianbirders's Avatar

 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Tuscany - Italy
Posts: 262
In Corsica we had a harder time finding all the specialties than during our previous trip in 2010, possibly because it was much hotter, even though it was the same time of the year. We heard the Corsican Nuthatch easily, but we didnít see it until a few days later and this was at the Col de Vergio on the D84, rather than at the usually recommended Col de Sorba, where we had seen it easily in 2010. The Corsican Finch was even more difficult even if we had good views on the first day on the hairpins of the Col de Sorba, and also at the top of the Col itself, where we also had a group of Crossbills.

Marmoraís Warbler was easy instead. We just followed the directions on Jack Bucknallís (excellent) report on Cloudbirders. As you drive south from Corte, itís just past the village of Vivario on the right, before the turn-off for the Col de Sorba. There is a path leading to some ruins, but we didnít need to go far, as several individuals were calling from the bushes around the bit closer to the car park. They donít emerge frequently - we were lucky the second time around - but they were singing almost incessantly. We also had a Dartford Warbler here.

We also semi-dipped on Lammergeier, which we had seen twice in 2010 (once from the Grotelle restaurant in the Restonica valley - but it was just a glimpse and once two individuals between Asco and Haut Asco, which circled at length above the peaks to the south, together with two Golden Eagles and a Peregrine). This time G had a brief glimpse looking south as we were parked along the side of the road just a pair of hairpins down from Haut-Asco, but it soon disappeared behind a ridge. I was looking for something in the car so missed it. We spent hours in the same tiny lay-by of 2010 and did see the Golden eagles and a Peregrine, also Ravens, but no Lammy. In the Asco valley we also had Crag Martins and Alpine Chough.

In 2010 we had also seen Rock Sparrows at the Col de Salvi, on the D151. No luck this time, but we did see a few Red-backed Shrikes, Linnets and Cirl and Corn Buntings etc.

We also spent some time around the watchtower and the lighthouse at LíIle Rousse, which have nesting Spotless Starlings and Pallid Swifts.

Needless to say Red Kites were everywhere, along with Flycatchers and Cirl Buntings.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	Picc-mur-corso1.jpg
Views:	23
Size:	536.9 KB
ID:	700236  Click image for larger version

Name:	Picc-mur-corso2.jpg
Views:	24
Size:	527.0 KB
ID:	700237  Click image for larger version

Name:	Magnanina-sarda.jpg
Views:	21
Size:	311.5 KB
ID:	700238  Click image for larger version

Name:	Venturone-corso.jpg
Views:	22
Size:	711.3 KB
ID:	700239  Click image for larger version

Name:	Rondone-pall.jpg
Views:	18
Size:	219.8 KB
ID:	700243  


Last edited by 3Italianbirders : Tuesday 23rd July 2019 at 06:38.
3Italianbirders is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Tuesday 23rd July 2019, 07:28   #4
wolfbirder
Registered User

 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Wolves
Posts: 6,272
Love the falcon shots, nice report.
__________________
Favourite birds:- Pallid Harrier, Hen Harrier, Gyrfalcon, Great Grey Owl, Snowy Owl, Wryneck, Blue-Cheeked Bee-eater, Sib Rubythroat, Firecrest, Redstart, Hawfinch, Bearded Tit, Smew, GN & BT Diver, Pom Skua, Warblers especially colourful American ones.
wolfbirder is online now  
Reply With Quote
Old Tuesday 23rd July 2019, 10:09   #5
Scridifer
Registered User
BF Supporter 2019
 
Scridifer's Avatar

 
Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: Byala/Essex
Posts: 10,081
A nice report and some great shots, especially loving the Eleanora's and the nuthatches! Many thanks for sharing!

Chris
__________________
Latest Lifers: Roseate Tern - Citrine Wagtail - Levant Sparrowhawk
My 2019 List
Latest Patch Tick: White-tailed Eagle
Scridifer is offline  
Reply With Quote

BF Supporter 2016 2017 2018 2019 Support BirdForum With A Donation

Old Tuesday 23rd July 2019, 13:23   #6
Jos Stratford
Beast from the East
 
Jos Stratford's Avatar

 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Exile in Eastern Europe
Posts: 16,304
Yay, good report, and ditto to the admiration of the falcon photos ...good stuff :)
__________________
For photographs and articles, Lithuania and beyond, click here for my website
Jos Stratford is offline  
Reply With Quote

BF Supporter 2007 2009 Support BirdForum With A Donation

Old Tuesday 23rd July 2019, 14:09   #7
3Italianbirders
Registered User
 
3Italianbirders's Avatar

 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Tuscany - Italy
Posts: 262
Thanks, all. Looking forward to reading yours Jos!

Last edited by 3Italianbirders : Tuesday 23rd July 2019 at 19:16.
3Italianbirders is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Tuesday 23rd July 2019, 21:13   #8
foresttwitcher
Registered User

 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: The Chilterns
Posts: 1,758
Agree with the other three!
__________________
Pete.

Can't see the birds for the trees!
foresttwitcher is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Wednesday 24th July 2019, 11:31   #9
MKinHK
Mike Kilburn
 
MKinHK's Avatar

 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Hong Kong
Posts: 4,415
Me too - Great stuff - sounds like a great set for a hit and run trip after a few local specialities in a very nice setting.

Cheers
Mike
__________________

Hong Kong: Glossy Ibis, Western Yellow Wagtail, Wood Warbler (475)
Greater China: Buff-breasted Sandpiper, European Golden Plover, Glossy Ibis (973)
Lifer: Many-Coloured Rush Tyrant, Diademed Sandpiper Plover
MKinHK is offline  
Reply With Quote
Advertisement
Reply


Thread Tools
Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
italian/spanish sparrows, Corsica/Sardinia marnixR Bird Identification Q&A 4 Monday 3rd July 2017 15:29
Corsica & Sardinia Ghostly Vision Reptiles and Amphibians 3 Saturday 29th June 2013 16:08
Corsica & Sardinia, April 2013 Jos Stratford Vacational Trip Reports 23 Friday 24th May 2013 21:55
Corsica & Sardinia, May 2009 Canarybirder Vacational Trip Reports 3 Friday 5th June 2009 14:05
Corsica & Sardinia April-May 2006 Rich Bonser Vacational Trip Reports 2 Wednesday 10th May 2006 19:14

{googleads}

Fatbirder's Top 1000 Birding Websites

Help support BirdForum

Page generated in 0.14451289 seconds with 22 queries
All times are GMT. The time now is 09:11.