CORSICA : May 1998




I often have the occasion to ring birds. In May 1998, I set 3 weeks to Corsica and I participated to a ring program on migration birds duriong 2 weeks. This program took place between April 15th still May 15th every year and allowed to ring a lot of species.

I joined the camp from May 1st to May 16th. This camp was situated on the Cap Corsica near the small village of Barggagio in front of islands, where nests Cory's Shearwater and Yelkouan Shearwater. It was also one of the best site to see the rare Audouin's Gull and the Osprey. More than 60 species were ringed during this period. Among the list of birds we trapped: Squacco Heron, Black-crowned Night-Heron, Eurasian Hobby, Eurasian Wryneck, Eurasian Nightjar, a big number of waders and passerines.

I saw more than 100 species during these 15 days and I made two observations of Bottlenose dolphins. The second was really exceptional: more than 2:30 am among with three quarters at close distance of a half dozen individuals. Here is a quite small recollection:

(1100mm) I even saw few somersaults ; an unforgettable memories!

The third week I visited some ornithological sites what allowed me to complete my list of the species: Citril Finch, Lammergeier, Corsican Nuthatch, Eurasian Tree-Creeper etc....

Without forgetting Corsica Wild Sheep: