24/07 - 16/08/2018
Hans Matheve, Bas Matheve & Jasmin Lauwaert


This was a combination of family holiday and getting a short list of targets. Sardinia is a great destination for this combo. It is very straightforward to bird - the butterflies and dragonflies required a bit more effort to find. A good part of the time was spent relaxing, visiting charmful villages and some beach/water activities. Great place for children!

Many thanks go out to Pieter Vantieghem and Wout Opdekamp for some recent information & literature.


Download kml file with all gps coordinates



We drove all the way from Belgium to Genoa with a Sixt rental car. In Genoa we took the Moby ferry back and forth. One time during daytime for some sea watching, one time overnight for convenience and saving time. Make sure to check whether you are allowed to take your rental car on the ferry - some companies specifically forbid it.

Accommodation & food

We camped all the time, except near Aritzo. We didn't find any campsite in the area. Via AirBnb we booked an apartment in the tiny village of Aritzo. Needless to say that in the touristic areas there is a huge range of accommodation and restaurants.


ATM's all around and credit cards are widely accepted.


We had very warm and dry weather throughout. Read more at the Weather And Climate site.

Health and safety

No problems were encountered. Make sure to bring sufficient sun protection. No vaccinations needed. (reference: Institute of Tropical Medicine).


All plugs are type C/F - the standard European plugs. Read more at the Worldstandards website.


Below is a basic list of the sites we birded with some short notes. Information is well covered in the Crossbill Guides and birding site guides by Clarke & Gosney. To gather additional information was consulted for bird trip reports.

Lago Baratz

- dragonfly spot [40.6778609912, 8.2257490002]

dragonflies: Bladetail, Black Pennant
Su Pallosu area

- dragonfly spot [40.0437975007, 8.40143219766]

dragonflies: Dark Spreadwing
Stagno di Cabras (near Nurachi)

- backside of the small lake for dragonflies [39.967054, 8.5080899]

birds: Western Swamphen, Slender-billed Gull
dragonflies: Northern Banded Groundling, Bladetail, Island Bluetail
Aritzo - Desulo area

- first butterfly roadside stop above Aritzo along the old road [39.967754, 9.216923]
- second butterfly roadside stop above Aritzo along the old road [39.976049, 9.2298599]
- butterfly spot near Riu Istidda abive Aritzo [40.006719, 9.2661227]
- birding spot near restaurant above Desulo [40.030996, 9.2321375]
- birding spot high above Desulo [40.024566, 9.2713654]
- butterfly spot near Desulo [40.034771, 9.2423302]

birds: Corsican Finch, Marmora's Warbler, Moltoni's Warbler, Red Crossbill (unknown type), Blue Rock Thrush
butterflies: Corsican Red-underwing Skipper, Corsican Swallowtail, Corsican Idas Blue, Corsican Fritillary, Corsican Small Tortoiseshell, Sardinian Meadow Brown, Corsican Wall Brown, Southern Grayling, Corsican Grayling, Corsican Heath
Perda Liana

- parking lot, start walking from here [39.9170467578, 9.41616277357]
- rocky area for butterflies [39.9093377724, 9.41125336203]

birds: Corsican Finch, Marmora's Warbler, Moltoni's Warbler, Rock Sparrow, Tawny Pipit
butterflies: Corsican Chalk-hill Blue, Corsican Fritillary, Sardinian Meadow Brown, Corsican Wall Brown, Southern Grayling, Corsican Grayling, Corsican Heath
Grotto Su Marmuri

- parking area with finches [39.814336, 9.4876759]

birds: Corsican Finch, Eleonora's Falcon
Oliene area

- stream for dragonflies [40.2750027279, 9.34727637706]

dragonflies: Green Hooktail, Island Bluetail
Biroro area

- stream for dragonflies near Nuraghe Pontes [40.2500126041, 8.86370632595]

birds: Balearic Woodchat Shrike
dragonflies: Yellow-veined skimmer, Island Bluetail
Sos Alinos area

- Sos Alinos river and marshy area [40.4344063408, 9.76769820648]

birds: Western Swamphen
dragonflies: Black Percher


Taxonomy strictly follows the IOC checklist version 8.2.

[105 species]

Gadwall Mareca strepera
Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
Eurasian Teal Anas crecca
Barbary Partridge Alectoris barbara
Common Quail Coturnix coturnix
Scopoli's Shearwater Calonectris diomedea
Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis
Great Crested Grebe Podiceps cristatus
Greater Flamingo Phoenicopterus roseus
Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus
Black-crowned Night Heron Nycticorax nycticorax
Western Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
Grey Heron Ardea cinerea
Purple Heron Ardea purpurea
Great Egret Ardea alba
Little Egret Egretta garzetta
European Shag Phalacrocorax aristotelis
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo
Griffon Vulture Gyps fulvus
Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos
Eurasian Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus
Western Marsh Harrier Circus aeruginosus
Common Buzzard Buteo buteo
Water Rail Rallus aquaticus
Western Swamphen Porphyrio porphyrio
Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus
Eurasian Coot Fulica atra
Eurasian Stone-curlew Burhinus oedicnemus
Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus
Common Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticula
Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos
Green Sandpiper Tringa ochropus
Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola
Slender-billed Gull Chroicocephalus genei
Black-headed Gull Chroicocephalus ridibundus
Audouin's Gull Ichthyaetus audouinii
Yellow-legged Gull Larus michahellis
Gull-billed Tern Gelochelidon nilotica
Little Tern Sternula albifrons
Common Tern Sterna hirundo
Rock Dove Columba livia
Common Wood Pigeon Columba palumbus
European Turtle Dove Streptopelia turtur Vulnerable (VU)
Eurasian Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto
Eurasian Scops Owl Otus scops
Little Owl Athene noctua
European Nightjar Caprimulgus europaeus
Alpine Swift Tachymarptis melba
Common Swift Apus apus
Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis
European Bee-eater Merops apiaster
Eurasian Hoopoe Upupa epops
Great Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos major
Common Kestrel Falco tinnunculus
Eleonora's Falcon Falco eleonorae
Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus
Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurio
Woodchat Shrike Lanius senator
Eurasian Jay Garrulus glandarius
Western Jackdaw Coloeus monedula
Hooded Crow Corvus cornix
Northern Raven Corvus corax
Coal Tit Periparus ater
Eurasian Blue Tit Cyanistes caeruleus
Great Tit Parus major
Woodlark Lullula arborea
Eurasian Skylark Alauda arvensis
Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
Eurasian Crag Martin Ptyonoprogne rupestris
Common House Martin Delichon urbicum
Cetti's Warbler Cettia cetti
Common Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita
Eurasian Reed Warbler Acrocephalus scirpaceus
Zitting Cisticola Cisticola juncidis
Eurasian Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla
Dartford Warbler Sylvia undata Near-threatened (NT)
Marmora's Warbler Sylvia sarda
Moltoni's Warbler Sylvia subalpina
Sardinian Warbler Sylvia melanocephala
Common Firecrest Regulus ignicapilla
Eurasian Wren Troglodytes troglodytes
Spotless Starling Sturnus unicolor
Common Blackbird Turdus merula
Mistle Thrush Turdus viscivorus
Mediterranean Flycatcher Muscicapa tyrrhenica
European Robin Erithacus rubecula
Blue Rock Thrush Monticola solitarius
European Stonechat Saxicola rubicola
Italian Sparrow Passer italiae
Spanish Sparrow Passer hispaniolensis
Eurasian Tree Sparrow Passer montanus
Rock Sparrow Petronia petronia
Western Yellow Wagtail Motacilla flava
Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea
Tawny Pipit Anthus campestris
Meadow Pipit Anthus pratensis Near-threatened (NT)
Common Chaffinch Fringilla coelebs
Hawfinch Coccothraustes coccothraustes
European Greenfinch Chloris chloris
Common Linnet Linaria cannabina
European Goldfinch Carduelis carduelis
Corsican Finch Carduelis corsicana
European Serin Serinus serinus
Corn Bunting Emberiza calandra
Cirl Bunting Emberiza cirlus


Corsican Red-underwing SkipperSpialia therapne
Mallow SkipperCarcharodus alceae
SwallowtailPapilio machaon
Corsican SwallowtailPapilio hospiton
Large WhitePieris brassicae
Small WhitePieris rapae
Bath WhitePontia daplidice
BrimstoneGonepteryx rhamni
CleopatraGonepteryx cleopatra
Clouded YellowColias croceus
Small CopperLycaena phlaeas
Purple HairstreakFavonius quercus
Geranium BronzeCacyreus marshalli
Long-tailed BlueLampides boeticus
Lang's Short-tailed BlueLeptotes pirithous
Holly BlueCelastrina argiolus
Corsican Idas BluePlebejus bellieri
Southern Brown ArgusAricia cramera
Southern BluePolyommatus celina
Corsican Chalk Hill BluePolyommatus coridon nufrellensis
Silver-washed FritillaryArgynnis paphia
Corsican FritillaryArgynnis elisa
CardinalArgynnis pandora
Queen of Spain FritillaryIssoria lathonia
Red AdmiralVanessa atalanta
Painted LadyVanessa cardui
Corsican Small TortoiseshellAglais ichnusa
Comma ButterflyPolygonia c-album
Southern White AdmiralLimenitis reducta
African MonarchDanaus chrysippus
Meadow BrownManiola jurtina
Sardinian Meadow BrownManiola nurag
Southern GatekeeperPyronia cecilia
Corsican Wall BrownLasiommata paramegaera
Southern GraylingHipparchia aristaeus
Corsican GraylingHipparchia neomiris
Great Banded GraylingBrintesia circe
Two-tailed PashaCharaxes jasius
Corsican HeathCoenonympha corinna
Speckled WoodPararge aegeria


Copper DemoiselleCalopteryx haemorrhoidalis
Migrant SpreadwingLestes barbarus
Dark SpreadwingLestes macrostigma
Green Emerald DamselflyChalcolestes viridis
Azure BluetCoenagrion puella
Island BluetailIschnura genei
Blue-eyeErythromma lindenii
Blue-eyed HawkerAeshna affinis
Vagrant EmperorAnax ephippiger
Blue EmperorAnax imperator
Lesser EmperorAnax parthenope
Dusk HawkerBoyeria irene
BladetailLindenia tetraphylla
Green HooktailParagomphus genei
Northern Banded GroundlingBrachythemis impartita
Broad ScarletCrocothemis erythraea
Black PercherDiplacodes lefebvrii
Broad-bodied ChaserLibellula depressa
Southern SkimmerOrthetrum brunneum
Black-tailed SkimmerOrthetrum cancellatum
Keeled SkimmerOrthetrum coerulescens
Yellow-veined skimmerOrthetrum nitidinerve
Long SkimmerOrthetrum trinacria
Black PennantSelysiothemis nigra
Red-veined DarterSympetrum fonscolombii
Common DarterSympetrum striolatum
Violet DropwingTrithemis annulata


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