Sunday 30th April – Sunday 7th May 2017
Corsica, the 4th largest island in the Mediterranean, is often referred to as the Isle de Beaute for good reason; it is a stunningly beautiful island. The mountains rise to twice the height of anything in the British Isles and there is plenty of wildlife to be seen including many species found nowhere else. Endemic flowers include the beautiful Corsican Crocus and the less showy Corsican Hellebore plus many more species. There are even two endemic species of birds, Corsican Nuthatch and Corsican Citril Finch. Both of these birds can be seen in the mountains where we begin our tour. We will be based in the beautiful Restonica Valley for the first four nights. Here a gin-clear river rushes headlong past the hotel in a mad dash to the Mediterranean. However, we take the vehicle into the mountains to search for many of the montane wildlife such as Golden Eagle, Lammergeier, Alpine Chough, Mouflon and a good number of other species.
After exploring this area, we move to a hotel by the largest area of freshwater on Corsica, the Etang de Biguglia – a nature reserve. Our journey to this location will take in a few other wetlands where we expect to see a broad range of birds including Red-crested Pochard, Marsh Harriers, Red-footed Falcons and many more species. One of our final two days will be spent around Biguglia searching for Greater Flamingos, Black-necked Grebes and various Herons and Egrets and also searching for north-bound migrants. We will also make a visit to Cap Corse at the northern point of Corsica where migrants are sometimes present in huge numbers. On one trip we estimated there were hundreds of Whinchats present for instance and we have also seen Black-eared Wheatear, Wrynecks, Montagu’s Harriers and flocks of passing European Bee-eaters there too. This truly is a stunning island where almost anything can turn up during this migration season and the flowers, including a good number of wild orchid species, will be in full bloom. The food is excellent too! Click here for more details.