CORSICA - Endemics Smash and Grab

Late-April 2018

This trip has two booked on it already and will run with a maximum of four to keep it to one car.

For three or four nights, a quick ‘smash and grab’ trip to this beautiful island for the endemics or near endemics including Corsican Nuthatch, Corsican Finch, Moltoni’s Warbler and Marmora’s Warbler.

Direct flights are about £90 return or one can fly to Nice (about £70 return) and take the ferry across for a bit of sea watching.

This will be a self-drive, self-guided trip so the other costs are hotel, meals (we can make packed lunches) and care hire, which we can share.


The endemic species and sub-species are;

Corsican Nuthatch - Sitta whiteheadi
Crossbill - Loxia (curvirostra) corsicana
Treecreeper - Certhia (familiaris) corsa
Great Spotted Woodpecker - Dendrocopus major parroti
Chaffinch - Fringilla coelebs tyrrhenica
Jay - Garrulus glandarius corsicanus

There are also a number of near-endemic sub-species on Corsica which share their distribution with nearby islands in the Mediterranean. These near-endemic bird taxa are:

Goshawk - Accipiter gentilis arrigonii
Sparrowhawk - Accipiter nisus wolterstorffi
Buzzard - Buteo buteo arrigonii
Barn Owl - Tyto alba ernesti
Wren - Troglodytes troglodytes koenigi
Marmora’s Warbler - Sylvia sarda
Moltoni’s Warbler - Sylvia subalpina
Spotted Flycatcher - Muscipapa (striata) tyrrhenica
Woodchat Shrike - Lanius (senator) badius
Coal Tit - Parus ater sardus
Corsican Finch - Serinus corsicana
Greenfinch - Carduelis chloris madaraszi
Goldfinch - Carduelis carduelis tschusii

There is also a self-sustaining population of California Quail on the island, which is tickable! 

Sites worth a visit include L’Etang del Sale, Aghione, Col de Sorba, Col d’Erbajo, Bonifacio and Col de Bavella