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Friday 6th May - Tuesday 10th May 2016
Mark Van Beirs
Corsica, the Isle de Beauté as it is often called, has had a chequered history because of its strategic position in the western Mediterranean. Over the centuries it has been occupied by many other Mediterranean nations, including the Phoenicians, the Etruscans, the Carthaginians, the Romans, the Italians (it was for several centuries part of the Republic of Genoa) and many castles and fortresses remind the visitor of its turbulent past. Its most famous son is Napoleon Bonaparte and his name appears all over the island. The highlight of the tour was the exquisite Corsican Nuthatch that showed so very well on several occasions. Our encounters with Corsica’s sole endemic were truly magical. The other avian specialities of the island, Corsican Finch, Marmora’s Warbler and Moltoni’s Warbler performed beautifully in the maquis. The supporting cast consisted of Red-crested Pochard, Scopoli’s and Yelkouan Shearwaters, Golden Eagle, Red Kite (amazingly common), Audouin’s Gull, Eleonora’s Falcon, Peregrine, Dartford Warbler, Spotless Starling, Italian Sparrow, Red Crossbill and Cirl Bunting. The wealth of flowers was a sight to behold and the scenery, hospitality and food were outstanding.