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Old Sunday 15th May 2011, 09:21   #1
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Will be visiting the area from Calais down to Sailly Bray soon. Anyone got some reliable sites for Icterine and Melodious Warblers ? I usually stumble across them but it's a bit hit and miss and I don't have a reliable site for either of them.

Also are there any interesting migrants there at the moment (other than the usual breeding species). Belgium and Holland are having a good run at the moment but there does not seem to be a lot of info from this area in France.
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Old Sunday 15th May 2011, 15:59   #2
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For icterine :
-http://nordpasdecalais.observado.org/waarneming/view/54403963
-http://nordpasdecalais.observado.org/waarneming/view/54429804

Melodious is I think rare on the coast near Calais. It's probably more common around Sailly Bray (I don't know this area) or more inland (http://nordpasdecalais.observado.org.../view/54494254)

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for all sightings in Nord-Pas-De-Calais : http://nordpasdecalais.observado.org/index.php

Nothing rare for the moment (there are very few birders who search in France and a number of them were on holiday until recently...) the "Hemmes de Marck" east of Calais are a good spot to check the waders at high tide, probably very good for a broad-billed or a terek sandpiper : http://nordpasdecalais.observado.org/gebied/view/75603

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the "Hemmes de Marck" east of Calais FD[/quote]

Excellent - thanks very much.

Do you know how to best access that area, i.e. where to watch from ?

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The best access is by "avenue de la mer". You can park your car at the end en walk to the beach.

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The best access is by "avenue de la mer". You can park your car at the end en walk to the beach.

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Thanks for the tip.....13 Kentish Plovers there today (at least). Very good day with Black Kite, Melodious Warbler, Honey Buzzard and many more of the speciality birds in the Calais area.
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