Sunday 22 June 2008

19 June 2008 - Corsica Day 5 - Local villages and stuff

A 'nice' day today. Headed out up in to the hills to tour the local villages. Looking back to the hotel showed some of the more cultivated parts of the island in comparison to the past few days. Even so, it ain't bad.

First stop was Pigna - yet another lovely little hill village where the locals spill out in to the road whilst supping coffee - all oblivious to the Corsican endemic races of birds on their doorstep.

With a lack of birds in the villages, started to take more obscure snaps like door latches.

And doors.

And pots.

A small party of lemons found congregating outside a cafe that also 'did' fresh lemon juice for 2 Euros. I guess these chaps were protesting.

Finally a Hummingbird Hawk Moth put on a fine showing in some old dear's hanging basket.

Hooded Crows playing games with the Red Kites. These crows seemed very sandy coloured (in addition to the black!) - to such a point I am considering writing a paper on them as a new species.
Cirl Bunting playing hide-and-seek with me.

The village of San Antonina - yet another little gem in the hills.

Driving through the countryside, the Good Lady was trying to nail an Eleonora's Falcon. Alas, the nearest we got to it was this Peregrine Falcon that did it's best to look dark against the sunlight - just a shame it wasn't the right shape!

On our way back down the hills we came across this locust spp - a nice find - if you like that sort of thing!

Even nicerer still, a very confiding Woodlark. Other avian highlights included Raven, Rock Sparrow, Turtle Doves, Tawny Pipit, Stonechat and Goldcrest. Best, however, were fine views of Long-tailed Tit (spp irbii) and Blue Tit (spp cogliastrae)

Final view of the day - promise!

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