Trip to France with work, driving from Paris to Rouen and back, with a couple of stop-offs with the bins. Quite productive on the whole, as I added 19 birds to this year's French list, including, bizarrely, 5 species to my lifelong France list!
On the outskirts of Paris, from the A13 near Nanterre:
In Notre Dame de Bondeville, near Rouen, at the factory I was visiting:
11. Great tit
12. Blue tit
Then, in Darnétal on the way out of Rouen:
15. Mistle thrush - new for France!
17. Stock dove* - new for France
At Gournay-en-Bray, where I stopped just out of town for a teleconference(!):
19. Moorhen - new for France
21. Song thrush - new for France!
23. Starling....er....new for France, apparently!
And during a stop at Aire Lormaison Ouest, near Méru:
24. Green woodpecker*
25. Great spotted woodpecker
27. Willow tit
And one for the mammals list: brown hare in a field on the outskirts of Beauvais.
* including 3 species not already on any other list
World life list: 536 (Terek Sandpiper, Abu Dhabi, UAE; September 2019)
UK life list: 228 (Red-backed Shrike, Newbiggin, UK; December 2018)
Morpeth Garden list: 70 (Willow Tit, October 2019)
2019 year list: 235 (Snow Bunting, Bamburgh; October)
Last edited by lazza : Tuesday 10th February 2015 at 13:30.