|early morning looking SW from Col de Sorba|
|Our hire car at Col de Sorba|
|Great Tit. The race corsus is also found in southern Spain and Portugal|
|Corsican Finch feeding on the track, browner above than the mainland species|
|and yellower on the face and below|
|altogether a rather smart bird|
|male Corsican Nuthatch at nest hole|
|with greyer crowned female peering out|
|every bit as good as i was expecting them to be|
I reluctantly dragged myself away and stopped at Fort de Pasciolo, taking the track that led off west. Here Subalpine, Dartford (2) and Marmora's Warblers were seen, with five of the latter, a Wood Lark and two Stonechats in the areas visited previously.
|Fort de Pasciolo|
Megan and I arrived back at our hotel in Corte within minutes of each other, finished packing and left for the coast. We drove back down the Tavignano valley and once on the coast headed south to Calzarello for lunch by the sea. Our map suggested this was an area of marshland but if any remained it was well hidden. We did see 19 Bee-eaters, Nightingale and Cetti's Warbler before trying to access the Etang de Pato a few kms south. Being early afternoon on a Bank Holiday it was extremely busy and after a short walk along the beach (which added Grey Heron and Linnet to the trip list) we returned to the car and continued south (as did another 10 Bee-eaters). Next stop was Castello d'Arraggio, an ancient hill fort. This involved a steep climb but produced superb coastal views, another Subalpine Warbler and a Long-tailed Tit. We continued to our apartment in Santa Giula although it took some finding. We had Nightingale and Sardinian Warbler singing opposite us but an after dinner walk to and along the beach produced only a few Yellow-legged Gulls.
|Genoan bridge over the Tavignano River|
|Grasshopper on the beach at Calzarello|
|Megan at Castello d'Arraggio|
|superb panorama Castello d'Arraggio|