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Old Wednesday 27th September 2006, 17:33   #1
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Camargue - September 2006

Have just arrived back from a week in the Camargue. Had a total of 96 species.

Little Grebe - reserve near Etang du Scamandre (Petite Camargue)
Great Crested Grebe - common throughout Camargue area
Black-necked Grebe - seen from the road on the eastern side of Etang de Vaccares
Cormorant - common throughout Camargue area
Black-crowned Night Heron - 2 at reserve neat Etang du Scamandre
Cattle Egret - common throughout Camargue area
Little Egret - common throughout Camargue area
Great White Egret - common throughout Camargue area
Grey Heron - common throughout Camargue area
Purple Heron - 1 seen along dyke near entrance to reserve at Etang du Scamandre
White Stork - several seen at Entressen Tip (La Crau)
Greater Flamingo - common throughout Camargue area
Mute Swan - common throughout Camargue area
Greylag Goose – several seen throughout Camargue area
Shelduck – several seen throughout Camargue area
Teal – common throughout Camargue area
Mallard – common throughout Camargue area
Pochard – 1 seen on Etang du Charnier (Petite Camargue)
Tufted Duck – 2 seen on Etang du Charnier
Honey Buzzard – 1 seen south of reserve at la Capeliere
Marsh Harrier – common throughout Camargue area
Sparrowhawk – several seen throughout Camargue area
Short-toed Eagle – 1 seen near water station along road to car ferry over Petit Rhone (D85)
Osprey – 4 seen moving through the area at various sites
Kestrel – common throughout
Red-footed Falcon – 1 seen over local produce shop on the D570 to Arles
Lesser Kestrel – several seen at Peau de Meau
Hobby – 3 seen south of les Baux-de-Provence
Peregrine – 1 seen flying over les Baux-de-Provence
Red-legged Partridge
– common throughout La Crau area
Moorhen – common throughout Camargue area
Coot - common throughout Camargue area
Purple Gallinule – 1 seen on Etang du Charnier from the road (D779)
Little Bustard – 40 seen on airfield near Eyguieres (D569)
Avocet – 6 seen on lakes south of Salin-de-Giraud
Stone Curlew – 2 seen on airfield near Eyguieres (D569)
Collared Pratincole – 2 seen flying over Tour Carbonniere north of Aigues Mortes
Little Ringed Plover – 1 juvenile seen at reserve near Etang du Scamandre
Ringed Plover – common throughout Camargue area
Kentish Plover – common throughout Camargue area
Grey Plover – 1 along track at Digue a la Mer
Little Stint – common throughout Camargue area
Temminck’s Stint – 1 seen at reserve near Etang du Scamandre
Curlew Sandpiper – 3 seen on lakes south of Salin-de-Giraud
Dunlin – common throughout Camargue area
Ruff – 2 seen at reserve near Etang du Scamandre
Snipe – several seen at reserve near Etang du Scamandre
Whimbrel – 1 seen along track at Digue a la Mer
Redshank – several seen along track at Digue a la Mer
Green Sandpiper – 1 seen flying over reserve near Etang du Scamandre
Wood Sandpiper – several seen on reserve near Etang du Scamandre
Common Sandpiper – common throughout Camargue area
Black-headed Gull – common throughout Camargue area
Slender-billed Gull – 1 seen on Etang du Charnier and 1 seen on lake south of Salin-de-Giraud
Yellow-legged Gull – common throughout Camargue area
Caspian Tern – common throughout Camargue area
Gull-billed Tern – several seen throughout Camargue area
Sandwich Tern – common throughout Camargue area
Common Tern – common throughout Camargue area
Whiskered Tern – 1 seen on lakes near Mas d’Agon (north of Etang de Vaccares)
Black Tern – several seen throughout Camargue area
Wood Pigeon – several seen throughout Camargue area
Collared Dove – common thorughout Camargue area
Alpine Swift – 40+ seen at les Baux-de-Provence
Kingfisher – common throughout Camargue area
Roller – 2 seen south of reserve at la Capeliere
Hoopoe – 1 seen at reserve near Etang du Scamandre
Wryneck – 1 seen at reserve near Etang du Scamandre
Short-toed Lark – several seen flying around Peau de Meau
Crested Lark – common throughout
Skylark – 2 seen at Peau de Meau
Crag Martin – several seen flying around les Baux-de-Provence
Sand Martin – common throughout
Swallow – common throughout
House Martin – several seen throughout Camargue area
Blue-headed Wagtail – several seen throughout
Grey Wagtail – 1 seen in field north of Mas d’Agon
White Wagtail – several seen throughout Camargue area
Black Redstart – several seen at les Baux-de-Provence
Whinchat – common throughout Camargue area
Wheatear – common throughout la Crau area
Fan-tailed Warbler – common throughout Camargue area
Cetti’s Warbler – common throughout Camargue area
Reed Warbler – common throughout Camargue area
Sardinian Warbler – 1 seen along track at Digue a la Mer
Spectacled Warbler – 1 seen along track north of Etang de Vaccares
Willow Warbler – 1 seen at reserve near Etang du Scamandre
Spotted Flycatcher – 1 seen along road south of la Capeliere
Pied Flycatcher – several seen throughout Camargue area
Magpie – common throughout
Jackdaw – common throughout
Carrion Crow – common throughout
Starling – common throughout
House Sparrow – common throughout
Tree Sparrow – several seen at entrance to reserve near Etang du Scamandre
Goldfinch – several seen throughout Camargue area

In addition to these birds seen, we heard 1 Eagle Owl at a well known site near les Baux-de-Provence.
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An interesting report. It's somewhere I've fancied going to. Can you recommend any books/websites that you used to help plan your trip?
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An interesting report. It's somewhere I've fancied going to. Can you recommend any books/websites that you used to help plan your trip?
We actually went with my father who has quite a good knowldege of the area already and so he was the main resource for our information. We did however refer to the 'Birdwatching Guide to France: South of the Loire Including Corsica' by Jacquie Crozier and John Busby (£15.95 on Amazon). We also came across a website (www.oiseauxprovence.free.fr) which gives weekly reports of birds in the Camargue area (amongst others). Hope this helps.
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We did however refer to the 'Birdwatching Guide to France: South of the Loire Including Corsica' by Jacquie Crozier and John Busby (£15.95 on Amazon). We also came across a website (www.oiseauxprovence.free.fr) which gives weekly reports of birds in the Camargue area (amongst others).
Thanks. We have actually got the Birdwatching Guide for north of the Loire, and we found that very useful next year, so if we ever get to go to the Camargue, I'll definitely get the south one.
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nice list there rachk116.... congrats
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