2016 Corsica


29 May - 4 June

This was more of a walking trip than an intense wildlife watching trip. Due to this, apart from one day on the coast, we largely stuck to the mountains and I did not always carry the SLR gear. This is just a summary of the highlights. We were based in Venaco. About 10km south of Corte.

The Hotel U Frascone was a pleasant place to be based and there was a good restaurant in Venaco.


The mountain scenery was amazing and made for some fairly challenging walking at times.

Lac D’Oro


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Restonica Valley


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Gorge du Tavignano

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I’m not really a botanist but we did see some great orchids. Heart-flowered serapis being one of the smartest orchids I’ve ever seen.


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Tongue orchid


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Violet limodore was another particularly attractive orchid.


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Spotted orchid sp.

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Orchis signifera

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As well as the orchids are was rather impressed with this Cyclamen repandum.

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The butterfly watching was a bit disappointing; this Corsican heath was the only new species for me.

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We did see a few two-tailed pashas, but only in flight.


Very few dragonflies were seen. This is a southern skimmer.


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A few attractives beetles were seen. Mylabris variabillis


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And this Pimelia sp., on the east coast.

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Tyrrenian wall lizards were common.


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Bedriaga’s wall lizard was only seen at Mount Oro.

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I had limited success photographing the birds.  Corsican nuthatch proved rather difficult to find, probably because they weren’t calling, but in the end we saw two.


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The other endemic, Corsican citril finch, was fairly common but not particularly cooperative.


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A flock of bee-eaters were seen by the coast.

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Warblers were generally elusive but we did see Marmora’s warbler


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as well as Moltoni’s and Sardinian warblers.


‘Italian’ sparrows were common in urban areas



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As were spotless starlings.


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