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Sardinia & Corsica Spring Migration

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Old Wednesday 15th January 2020, 17:13   #1
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Sardinia & Corsica Spring Migration

Birder couple from Panama spending a couple of weeks in April looking for passerines passing through Sardinia and Corsica. Not too interested in shore birds, etc. Passerines are our pastime. Would appreciate any info on best sites to see songbird migration on these 2 islands. And if you ever get to Bocas del Toro, look me up on BirdingPal. Glad to show folks the birds we have on our island. The attached pic of Almirante Manakin is one of our yard birds. Thanks in advance for your help.
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Old Monday 20th January 2020, 10:15   #2
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Sorry I didn't see your post earlier. For Corsica there are two main regions you should visit for spring migration : the Cap Corse (the very north of the island) and Plaine orientale (an area with several lakes and wetlands on the east coast).

Cap Corse

The marshy area just behind the beach of Macinaggio is usually worth paying a visit this time of year. Regarding passerines warblers suchs as reed, great reed, sedge and sometimes moustached are possible in the reedbed. Willow, Wood and Bonnelli's warbler are regular as is Icterine warbler (but you might be too early in April for this one). Common redstart, Whinchat and Pied Flycatcher (watch out for a collared !) are also among the usual suspects there. Several subspecies of yellow wagtail (thunbergi and feldegg are a possibility here) feed (sometimes along with red throated pipits in late april/early may) in the wet fields and around the small scrapes. Sardinian and Moltoni's (be careful in spring theY might be joined by Eastern or Western Subalpine Warbler).
Don't forger to check the hirundine flocks for a Red Rumped Swallow.

The place is also great for crakes (all three species have been observed here), Great Snipe (very difficult to see) and usually some waders. Raptors are frequently seen there (had pallid harrier and short eared owl for example).
You can continue along the track to the beach of TamaronE, behind the beach are wet fields and bushes that constitute good passerine habitat.

Barcaggio is another place you should visit in the Cap Corse, at the very Northern tip of the island. Park on the car park next to the beach and walk along the river and along the beach. There is a small lagoon behind the beach which might be of interest.
Species are basically the same here as in Macinaggio but you never know what might happen on these migration spots.
Blue rock thrush is breeding in the rocky area close to the tower after the end of the beach and offshore Scopoli's and Yelkouan Shearwaters can be seen.

Plaine orientale

A visit to lakes such as Etang de Biguglia and Etang de Palo can be rewarding. Another good place is the Dunes de Punete area for three years a migration survey camp has been set there. In late april thousands of bee eaters pass here and Hirundines are also very numerous. Passerines often stop in the bushes behind the beach.
The guys who run the migration survey are friendly.

Please feel free to contact me if you need more info !

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