Feliceto, Corsica

Published by Mark Graham (helen.graham7 AT btinternet.com)

Participants: Mark Graham


Since I have only recently discovered this site I thought I would submit my report on Feliceto in the Balagne region of Corsica.

We stayed at the restful Hotel Mare e Monti in the stunning Balagne region of Corsica. Car hire is essential but can be arranged at Calvi or through a package deal [Simpsons Corsica, Simply Corsica etc].

This was primarily a sightseeing/ relaxation holiday but I must say the birdwatching was never dull. The most striking memory is the sheer number of Red Kites which can be seen all over the island and every day from the hotel. Other Feliceto species were: Crag Martin, House Martin, Barn Swallow, Red-rumped Swallow, Swift, Buzzard, Nightingale, Turtle Dove, Collared Dove, Cuckoo, Serin, Citril Finch, Cirl Bunting, Greenfinch, Raven, Hooded Crow, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Red Kite, Spotless Starling, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Spotted Flycatcher, Magpie, House Sparrow, Rock Sparrow, Greater Spotted Woodpecked, Jay.

This area at this time of year was a constant hive of activity and filled with bird songs and calls. If you take the path from the start of the GR20 [Northern end] and walk into the mountains there is an abundance of birds at the beginning. Sardinian Warblers abound, as well as Citril Finches, Wheatears, Cirl Buntings, Spotted Flycatcher, Red-backed Shrike, Stonechat, Red Kites and Crag Martins.

I found the endemic species Corsican Citril Finch near the river about 3 miles before Belgodorre [close to a tight bend in the road near the road bridge]. There were at least 17 Red Kites in the high valley north of Belgodorre as you climb up to the mountains again.

There is good seawatching anywhere suitable on the northern coast. Plenty of Med Shearwaters, Yellow-Legged Gulls, Shags [desmarestii] and Cormorants to look at.

Corsica is a stunning island. The scenery can be jaw dropping and there are plenty of birds to see as well.