Saturday 3rd – Saturday 10th September 2016
Having found Corsica to be superb for North-bound migrants in Spring, we decided it only right to head to neighbouring Sardinia in search of South-bound Autumn migrants.
Sardinia is the second largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, and holds all the elements of quintessential Mediterranean beauty, from white sandy beaches, to rolling plains, wetlands and dramatic, mountain ranges. Located on a main migration route between Europe and Africa, with its fabulous array of migrating and endemic species the island is the perfect spot for an autumnal birdwatching break. In 2013 during a recce, a Marsh Sandpiper was among the 108 species we recorded while the first tour there in 2014 we noted 118 bird species including a vagrant White Pelican! We have to wonder what might turn up in 2015.
Other species of note in 2014 included more than 20 Eleonora’s Falcons, Corsican Citril Finch and hundreds of passage waders. The coastal lagoons and ‘stagnos’ also held hundreds of Greater Flamingos and Slender-billed Gulls plus other good species too. Added to the bird tally were a fair number of butterflies and plants as well as a few reptiles. Finally, worthy of note were the very warm temperatures that we enjoyed and the cooling dips in the swimming pool at the second hotel!
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