Monday, 4 June 2012

France: Species list (birds)

Just put my trip list together, I recorded 131 species, not bad for a non-birding trip! Recorded more than some specific birding trips that I've read reports for since my return!

  1. Mute Swan: Common throughout the Brenne and seen on other Etangs when driving around, several large flocks in north France in vicinity of Calais
  2. Greater Canada Goose: Three seen in a field near Etang Foucault surprisingly the only record of presumably feral population
  3. Gadwall: Several seen on all trips to the Brenne (e.g. Etang Cistude, Ricot, Foucault, du Blizon)
  4. Teal: One drake on 27th May on Etang Foucault
  5. Mallard: Common throughout the Brenne and across many other locations, e.g. several pairs around Le Cluzeau, Vienne
  6. Shoveler: A pair on 30th May on Etang Ricot
  7. Pochard: Common on most waterbodies visited within the Brenne, female at Jardins artistiques de Drulon
  8. Tufted Duck: Common on most waterbodies visited within the Brenne and around Calais
  9. Red-legged Partridge: A pair seen on two dates near Gite (Le Cluzeau, Vienne), probably under-recorded due to vegetation/crop height
  10. Quail: Two heard on two dates near Gite (Le Cluzeau, Vienne)
  11. Pheasant: Fairly common in farmland, probably under-recorded due to vegetation/crop height
  12. Cormorant: Common in the Brenne where breeding colony, also recorded on River Loire
  13. Night-heron: Seen in the Brenne at Etangs Foucault, Bellebouche and Ricot, recorded breeding
  14. Cattle Egret: Seen in the Brenne mainly around Etang Foucault and Etang Ricot areas where breeding
  15. Little Egret: Fairly common in the Brenne where breeding
  16. Great White Egret: Singles seen across the Brenne on each visit (e.g. Etang at Le Temple, Etang des Essarts)
  17. Grey Heron: Very common throughout the Brenne and at all other locations visited, regular birds passing over Gite at Le Cluzeau, Vienne
  18. Purple Heron: Very common at Etang Bellebouche where breeding colony viewable from hide, recorded at most Etangs visited and on several marshy areas
  19. Black Stork: Single bird circling high over Etang Cistude on 23rd May lost at height in cloud
  20. White Stork: Three on a thermal near Belabre on 23rd May
  21. Little Grebe: One in full breeding plumage at Etang Cistude on 23rd May was the only record, likely under-recorded
  22. Great Crested Grebe: Very common on most Etangs visied within the Brenne, also seen on other waterbodies within the country
  23. Black-necked Grebe: Presumably breeding birds recorded at Etangs Bellebouche, Ricot and des Essarts with approximately 8-10 pairs recorded on 30th May
  24. Honey-buzzard: Common around Gite at Le Cluzeau, Vienne and also seen regularly in the Brenne and many other locations when driving around. Best views away from Le Cluzeau at Jardins Artistiques de Drulon where 3 performed very well giving close views
  25. Black Kite: Fairly common at most sites visited, especially common in the Brenne, regular over Gite at Le Cluzeau, Vienne
  26. Short-toed Eagle: Two seen in the Brenne from Maison du Parc (La Bouchet) on two occasions, also singles seen at several other locations within the Brenne
  27. Marsh Harrier: Common in the Brenne, several also seen over farmland when driving around
  28. Hen Harrier: Three adult males seen over farmland in the southwest of the Brenne
  29. Montagu’s Harrier: Several birds seen (males and females) across a range of sites within and outwith the Brenne (e.g. at le Cluzeau, Vienne)
  30. Sparrowhawk: Breeding pair seen around Gite at Le Cluzeau, Vinne, also seen at Chambord
  31. Buzzard: Very common throughout a range of very pale and very dark birds seen
  32. Kestrel: Common throughout with breeding pair regularly seen around Gite at Le Cluzeau, Vienne
  33. Hobby: Fairly common in the Brenne, also recorded on several occasions at Gite at Le Cluzeau, Vienne, also recorded near Calais
  34. Water Rail: One heard near Etang Foucault on 1st June
  35. Moorhen: Seen on several Etangs, town ponds etc
  36. Coot: Common throughout
  37. Black-winged Stilt: Over a dozen recorded at Etang Foucault
  38. Stone-curlew: One near Etang de la Roche-Chevreux on 20th May
  39. Little Ringed Plover: One on Etang Foucault on 27th May, four at Etang de Bellebouche on 30th May
  40. Lapwing: Several seen around Calais on journeys north and south, several also seen in Brenne, presumed breeding birds in agitated flight and presumed failed breeders in small post-breeding flocks
  41. Common Sandpiper: One on stream at Chateau Guillaume on 24th May
  42. Redshank: Two birds seen at Etang Montmelier on 1st June
  43. Black-headed Gull: Common breeder in the Brenne, also seen at various other locations when driving around. Flock of 40 over Gite at La Cluzeau, Vienne on 28th May
  44. Mediterranean Gull: Common along coast on journey north and south. Also seen in the Brenne and over Gite at Le Cluzeau, Vienne on 28th May
  45. Common Gull: One in Calais on 2nd June
  46. Lesser Black-backed Gull: Several in Calais on 2nd June
  47. Herring Gull: Common during journeys north and south from Calais when close to coast
  48. Yellow-legged Gull: One adult sat on an island on the River Loire north of Chambord on 31st May
  49. Great Black-backed Gull: One in Calais on 2nd June
  50. Little Tern: One at Etang Foucault on 27th May and two on River Loire on 31st May
  51. Whiskered Tern: Very common breeder in the Brenne, seen at most Etangs and flying between Etangs over farmland. Often very vocal
  52. Common Tern: Several seen on River Loire on 31st May
  53. Rock Dove / Feral Pigeon: Fairly common in towns
  54. Woodpigeon: Fairly common throughout
  55. Collared Dove: Fairly common throughout, especially in towns
  56. Turtle Dove: Recorded all days in a range of habitats, several breeding pairs around Le Cluzeau, Vienne
  57. Cuckoo: Very common across most habitats visited with numerous birds seen/heard each day often with multiple birds at same location
  58. Scops Owl: One heard calling at Git at Le Cluzeau, Vienne during 4 nights at dusk
  59. Tawny Owl: One heard calling at Le Cluzeau, Vienne at dawn on 24th May
  60. Swift: Common throughout breeding within towns and foraging widely over adjacent countryside, often sizeable flocks
  61. Bee-eater: A ‘new’ breeding colony observed on 30th May with at least 30 birds present. I didn’t check the old sites out.
  62. Hoopoe        : Very common throughout, multiple birds seen/heard daily up to at least eight birds on 30th May
  63. Wryneck: One bird seen on three dates near Le Cluzeau, Vienne
  64. Green Woodpecker: Common, recorded on most days in most areas visited, also often seen in towns/cities
  65. Black Woodpecker: A vocal (breeding?) pair observed very well at Chateau Guillaume on 24th May
  66. Great Spotted Woodpecker: Very common throughout with multiple birds recorded daily at most locations visited
  67. Lesser Spotted Woodpecker: At least 2 pairs recorded around Le Cluzeau, Vienne, likely common but likely under-recorded due to vegetation cover
  68. Middle Spotted Woodpecker: One seen at Le Cluzeau, Vienne on 23rd May, likely to be under-recorded due to vegetation cover
  69. Golden Oriole: Very common in all suitable habitat visited, several pairs breeding around Gite at Le Cluzeau, Vienne. Very vocal during early part of trip, gradually getting quieter as settling down to breed. A pair seen copulating in a nest. Adult male observed in fight with Jay around nest site for 10 minutes
  70. Red-backed Shrike: Common within all suitable habitat, often noticed along minor roads on wires. Several pairs breeding around Gite at Le Cluzeau, Vienne. Nest found in hedge on 1st June. At least five/six pairs within 500m of Gite (in accessible areas).
  71. Woodchat Shrike: One pair found breeding (nest found) at Le Cluzeau, Vienne, the only record of this species on the trip. The pair were nesting in a lone oak tree in a meadow field
  72. Magpie: Common throughout
  73. Jay: Common throughout
  74. Jackdaw: Common throughout
  75. Rook: Common throughout
  76. Carrion Crow: Common throughout
  77. Firecrest: Two pairs recorded in Le Cluzeau, Vienne, one pair found nest building in garden of Gite
  78. Blue Tit: Common throughout
  79. Great Tit: Common throughout
  80. Marsh Tit: Fairly common with several pairs found. Fledged young observed near Le Cluzeau, Vienne on 25th May
  81. Crested Lark: Several recorded, mainly in northern areas
  82. Woodlark: Common breeder in most areas visited, five/six pairs around Gite at Le Cluzeau, Vienne
  83. Skylark: Common throughout
  84. Sand Martin: Surprisingly under-recorded with four birds seen (breeding) at Chateau Chambord the only sighting
  85. Swallow: Very common throughout
  86. House Martin: Very common throughout
  87. Cetti’s Warbler: Several heard throughout time in the Brenne
  88. Long-tailed Tit: Fairly common in parkland and woodland
  89. Western Bonelli’s Warbler: Recorded in several woodland areas, particularly numerous along eastern side of Etang de Bellebouche
  90. Wood Warbler: Several seen/heard around Le Cluzeau, Chateau Guillaume and Bois de Paillet
  91. Chiffchaff: Very common throughout
  92. Willow Warbler: Only a couple heard in Brenne, not recorded elsewhere, potentially under-recorded if not singing
  93. Blackcap: Very common/abundant in all areas visited
  94. Garden Warbler: Common in woodland areas visited, breeding around Le Cluzeau
  95. Whitethroat: Common throughout
  96. Grasshopper Warbler: One heard near Etang Foucault on 1st June
  97. Savi’s Warbler: Several heard within the Brenne (within general vicinity of Etang Foucault)
  98. Melodious Warbler: Abundant throughout, often very vocal
  99. Sedge Warbler: Common throughout Brenne
  100. Reed Warbler: Common throughout Brenne, fledged juveniles at Etang Ricot on 30th May
  101. Great Reed Warbler: One at Etang du Couvent on 23rd May, one near Etang du Blizon on 1st June
  102. Nuthatch: Common in woodland areas, breeding around Gite at Le Cluzeau, Vienne
  103. Short-toed Treecreeper       : Common in woodland areas, breeding around Gite at Le Cluzeau, Vienne
  104. Wren: Fairly common throughout
  105. Starling: Common throughout many breeding in ‘natural’ nest areas in trees in gardens/woodland edge
  106. Blackbird: Common throughout
  107. Song Thrush: Several singing males heard around Le Cluzeau, Vienne, probably under-recorded due to vegetation cover when not singing
  108. Mistle Thrush: Common in woodland, often seen along roads through forested areas
  109. Spotted Flycatcher: A pair breeding in garden of Gite at Le Cluzeau, Vienne
  110. Robin: Surprisingly under-recorded. Three (two adults and a juvenile) at Le Cluzeau, Vienne on 22nd May, singles recorded in parkland/woodland areas/Brenne
  111. Nightingale: Very common/abundant throughout most areas visited. Numerous around Le Cluzeau, Vienne and the Brenne. Occasionally seen very well, but most often heard only
  112. Black Redstart: Very common in urban areas, but also recorded in several garden/Chateau’s e.g. Chambord etc. Breeding in garden at Gite in Le Cluzeau, Vienne with fledglings recorded in late May
  113. Redstart: Singing male daily in garden of Gite at Le Cluzeau, Vienne. Female with fledgling on 20th May also at Le Cluzeau, two other males heard singing in wooded areas
  114. Stonechat: Abundant in all suitable habitat, especially so along road verges
  115. Dunnock: Recorded regularly around Le Cluzeau, likely under-recorded
  116. House Sparrow: Common throughout
  117. Blue-headed Wagtail: Several seen in the north of the Brenne, also seen in the north of France while driving north/south
  118. Grey Wagtail: Common at Le Cluzeau, Vienne along river where breeding in garden of Gite
  119. White Wagtail: Common throughout across all habitats
  120. Tree Pipit: Common in woodland and also in farmland near wooded valleys
  121. Meadow Pipit: Surprisingly under-recorded with several seen around Le Cluzeau, Vienne
  122. Chaffinch: Abundant throughout
  123. Greenfinch: Common in farmland/parkland areas
  124. Serin: Appeared more common in towns/villages than in the countryside
  125. Goldfinch: Common in farmland/parkland
  126. Linnet: Fairly common in farmland throughout
  127. Hawfinch: A single at Le Cluzeau, Vienne on 22nd May with two seen there on 26th May, likely under-recorded due to vegetation cover and generally unobtrusive nature
  128. Yellowhammer: Several seen in the north of France on both journeys
  129. Cirl Bunting: Fairly common in farmland around Le Cluzeau, Vienne where several pairs found breeding, also recorded in many other areas visited
  130. Reed Bunting: Several recorded in the Loire area with a couple of vocal males in a reedbed
  131. Corn Bunting: Common throughout, especially along road verges on wires/fence posts

 I went to a lot of good birding locations but these were generally visited at times of the day not particularly conductive to good birding, e.g. the middle part of hot days when birds were quieter and heat haze was more of a problem. I think the area I stayed, and the Brenne are excellent birding locations.

Will put together the other species lists over the coming days...

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