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France in May

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Old Thursday 31st May 2012, 17:35   #1
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France in May

Like last year, not a birding holiday (though I did manage a few hours in La Brenne) so no report, just a list.

One thing that may interest those concerned about sub-Saharan migrants: there were plenty of Cuckoos and Nightingales, unlike most of England; but I didn't find one single flycatcher.

List :

1 Red-legged Partridge
2 Common Pheasant
3 Mute Swan
4 Mallard
5 Red-crested Pochard
6 Common Pochard
7 Tufted Duck
8 Northern Fulmar
9 Great Crested Grebe
10 Black-crowned Night Heron
11 Western Cattle Egret
12 Grey Heron
13 Purple Heron
14 Little Egret
15 Northern Gannet
16 European Shag
17 Great Cormorant
18 European Honey Buzzard
19 Black Kite
20 Griffon Vulture*
21 Cinereous Vulture*
22 Short-toed Snake Eagle
23 Western Marsh Harrier
24 Hen Harrier
25 Montagu’s Harrier
26 Eurasian Sparrowhawk
27 Common Buzzard
28 Booted Eagle
29 Common Kestrel
30 Common Moorhen
31 Eurasian Coot
32 Eurasian Oystercatcher
33 Black-winged Stilt
34 Northern Lapwing
35 Ruddy Turnstone
36 Black-headed Gull
37 Great Black-backed Gull
38 European Herring Gull
39 Lesser Black-backed Gull
40 Whiskered Tern
41 Black Tern
42 Rock Dove
43 Stock Dove
44 Common Wood Pigeon
45 European Turtle Dove
46 Eurasian Collared Dove
47 Common Cuckoo
48 Tawny Owl
49 Common Swift
50 Eurasian Hoopoe
51 Great Spotted Woodpecker
52 European Green Woodpecker
53 Red-backed Shrike
54 Eurasian Golden Oriole
55 Eurasian Jay
56 Eurasian Magpie
57 Red-billed Chough
58 Western Jackdaw
59 Rook
60 Carrion Crow
61 Northern Raven
62 Marsh Tit
63 Coal Tit
64 European Crested Tit
65 Great Tit
66 Eurasian Blue Tit
67 Woodlark
68 Eurasian Skylark
69 Barn Swallow
70 Eurasian Crag Martin
71 Common House Martin
72 Cetti’s Warbler
73 Long-tailed Tit
74 Common Chiffchaff
75 Western Bonelli’s Warbler
76 Great Reed Warbler
77 Sedge Warbler
78 Eurasian Reed Warbler
79 Melodious Warbler
80 Eurasian Blackcap
81 Garden Warbler
82 Common Whitethroat
83 Subalpine Warbler
84 Goldcrest
85 Eurasian Wren
86 Eurasian Nuthatch
87 Short-toed Treecreeper
88 Common Starling
89 Common Blackbird
90 Song Thrush
91 Mistle Thrush
92 European Robin
93 Common Nightingale
94 Black Redstart
95 Common Redstart
96 European Stonechat
97 Northern Wheatear
98 Black-eared Wheatear
99 House Sparrow
100 Dunnock
101 Western Yellow Wagtail
102 Grey Wagtail
103 White Wagtail
104 Tawny Pipit
105 Tree Pipit
106 Eurasian Rock Pipit
107 Common Chaffinch
108 European Serin
109 European Greenfinch
110 Eurasian Siskin
111 European Goldfinch
112 Common Linnet
113 Eurasian Bullfinch
114 Corn Bunting
115 Yellowhammer
116 Ortolan Bunting
117 Cirl Bunting

* presumed from the re-establishment programme in the Jonte valley

Anyone curious about details of any of these, please let me know.
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Old Thursday 31st May 2012, 18:49   #2
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france is pretty big....
i live in it and i have no idea where la brenne is......

would have been happy with some on your list mind.

still not many flycatchers here btw...
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Looking at your list this is obviously not the same Brenne of a thousand lakes that I know.

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Looking at your list this is obviously not the same Brenne of a thousand lakes that I know.

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Si Merlin, it is this one. The list is for the whole trip, not just the few hours there (which accounted for about 20 of these species).
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Old Saturday 2nd June 2012, 17:51   #5
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france is pretty big....
i live in it and i have no idea where la brenne is......
Sorry rosbifs, sheer laziness, I should have said a bit more.

We spent two weeks in Meyrueis (Lozère) and the rest of the time was spent towing the caravan there and back from Roscoff.

Departments we visited were Finistère (4 nights), Côtes d'Armor, Morbihan, Ille-et-Villaine, Mayenne, Loire-Atlantique, Maine-et-Loire (1 night), Vendée (1 night), Deux-Sèvres, Vienne, Indre (2 nights), Cher, Haute-Vienne, Allier, Puy-de-Dôme (2 nights), Corrèze (2 nights), Haute-Loire, Cantal, Lot, Aveyron, Lozère, Gard and Hérault.

La Brenne is in Indre department. I think I'll say a bit more about it on another thread <<<edit ... now done in the France forum >>>
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Hi Dave

Now I understand,.
It sounds like you had a good all round trip, (we lived there for some time)

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