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New 35-page update available as a pdf


There is now a 35-page pdf which provides detailed updates and new maps for most of the sites in this book. Readers can either purchase the original book on its own (here) or, for £2.50 extra, the book AND the pdf (here)


The pdf is based on visits I made to France in 2017 and 2018 and covers sites such as La Brenne, Lorraine, Les Vosges, Les Dombes, Fontainebleau, the Jura and the lower Doubs in FAR MORE DETAIL than before and with many more maps.


This information will eventually be included in a new book Finding Birds in mid-France but this won’t be published until I’ve made winter visits to some of the sites, notably the ‘Champagne lakes’. However, in the meantime, all the new information I’ve gathered up to now is available in the pdf.


If you place an order for the ‘book inc update’ you will receive the original book in the post and the pdf by email.



La Brenne


July 97. The areas just north of site 4 can also be good for Whiskered Tern, Night Heron and Honey Buzzard (Alex Lees).


July 98. The Etang Nuret, between Mezieres and La Gabriere, offers good views from the road of nesting Whiskered Terns. There were Little Bittern and Purple Heron over the small lake to the south of the track at site 3 (Etang de l'Ardonniere, apparently). The correct name for site 4 is the etang de Ricot (Alan Clamp).


1999. Little Bittern very elusive at site 4, though I've had three sightings here in previous years. Herons have increased in this area in recent years. Since 1997 site 1 has again been full of water and excellent for Black-necked Grebes and Black and Whiskered Terns. Night Herons are now seen regularly, Cattle Egrets were seen just south of Gabriere in 1998 and Great White Egrets have been reported near Blizon. (Julian Lawson)


Summer 2012. Cattle Egret and Great White are now fairly. common across La Brenne. (Chris Parnell)


Lorraine National Park


July 93. Near the dam at site 3 were 2 'enclosures' around which were 24 free-flying White Storks plus a heronry with about 50 Grey Herons. Other species here included Common and Honey Buzzard, Red and Black Kite and Great Reed Warbler. I also added Red Kite, Tawny Pipit, Red-backed Shrike and Grey-headed Woodpecker to the species list at site 5. I also had more Collared Flycatchers plus birds such as Black Tern and Ortolan Bunting at the Etang de Porroy and can recommend the Etang de Laxiere (good views of Purple Heron) and the Maron Gorge in the Moselle valley near Nancy (good numbers of Red-backed Shrike and Grey-headed Woodpecker). (John Redshaw).


July 97. At site 1 Black-necked Grebes as well as 2 White Storks and both species of kites overhead. At site 2, Middle Spotted Woodpecker and Golden Oriole in the woods. I stayed near Dieuze and found Marsh Warbler, Red-backed Shrike, Red Kite, Hawfinch, Montagu's Harrier, Hobby, etc. (Alex Lees)


 

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