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  • RFI: Birding in the Eastern Pyrenees (Canigou area)

    Hi

    In mid July I am heading off to the Eastern Pyrenees for three weeks holiday and I was wondering what the birding will be like at that time. We will be based in the hills 15m SW of Prades and I was hoping that we may get some raptor migration movement (kites, honey buzzard), although it might be a little early?

    Any help with sites in that general area would be most welcome, there is lots of info on the Western Pyrenees but it's hard to find anything much about the Western end and I have trawled through loads of trip reports... We will have a car but don't want to travel huge distances. (1 - 2 hrs max). I know there are the coastal reserves and have been several times before but the Pyrennes are quite new to me!

    Any help on sites and species would be great. Many thanks.

    Laurence

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    About 10 years ago I climbed Canigou in mid July (well, actually you can drive up most of it on the French side and there is a fairly easy path to the summit). I felt overdressed in my goretex and walking boots alongside some families literally in sandals and carrying lapdogs but I would recommend the former as it is pretty high (2784m). At the summit alpine accentor and alpine chough. On the way up a selection of raptors and butterflies including the apollo. I would recommend the trip highly, if only to make a vertical transect through most of europe's vegetation types in a couple of hours - very impressive. Elsewhere in Eastern Pyrenees on that trip lammergeier and quail spring to mind - but it was a family camping trip (with a 3 and a 1 year old) not a birding trip. The most memorable event was waking up with snow on the tent one morning, which wasn't really part of our planned summer holiday experience.

    Geoff
    http://morgithology.blogspot.com/

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    • #3
      Bertram.E.B.BREE contact of BirdingPal Jersey islnd in France.

      Originally posted by Morg View Post
      About 10 years ago I climbed Canigou in mid July (well, actually you can drive up most of it on the French side and there is a fairly easy path to the summit). I felt overdressed in my goretex and walking boots alongside some families literally in sandals and carrying lapdogs but I would recommend the former as it is pretty high (2784m). At the summit alpine accentor and alpine chough. On the way up a selection of raptors and butterflies including the apollo. I would recommend the trip highly, if only to make a vertical transect through most of europe's vegetation types in a couple of hours - very impressive. Elsewhere in Eastern Pyrenees on that trip lammergeier and quail spring to mind - but it was a family camping trip (with a 3 and a 1 year old) not a birding trip. The most memorable event was waking up with snow on the tent one morning, which wasn't really part of our planned summer holiday experience.

      Geoff
      Hi there,
      The most famous site to see diurnal migration in the area of Department 66 or Pyrenees Orientales
      near Canigou is the Mission Rapaces sites of the LPO of La Cerdagne -Eyne where from 22nd July up to 700 birders sit around until the beginning of October here for over 650 hours of observation in 2010 over 70 days with 76,621 migrant birds counted of 67 species including 25 species backed by Yves Dubois a relation of Dr Philippe Dubois top French birder and
      Violette Laurent of G.O.R. or Groupe Ornithologique du Roussilon. Honey Buzzards represent 70 % of the birds seen
      and move from July onwards. In fact 12,000 Honey Buzzards were seen in 2010 from July onwards inclusive in the LPO Mission Rapaces of which there are 3,000 plus members including myself. The main website is http://www.migraction.fr
      and http://www.pagesperso-orange.fr/gorperpignan Email:- go2@wanadoo.fr or Yves at pypiou66@orange.fr
      Over 3,000 Bee-eaters were counted going on for 4,000 in 2010 in autumn here and 31 Pallid Swifts, 101 Alpine Swifts,
      7 Eleonoras Falcons, 2 Red-footed Falcons, 13 Lesser Kestrels, 39 Ospreys, 2 Bonelli's Eagles, 28 Booted Eagles, 27 Golden Eagles,13 Goshawk, 927 Sparrowhawks, 93 Griffon Vultures, 888 Short-toed Eagles, 40 Egyptian Vultures,164 White Storks,
      34 Black Storks,7 Purple Herons, and as regards Honey Buzzards 2,764 passed in one day the 31st August! The Short-toed Eagles counted at this site Eyne is the best site to see this species in the whole of France with Honey Buzzards being the fourth best site in France after Gruissan in the Aude Departement near Leucate, Lindux and Organbidexka As regards Montagu's Harriers 113 were counted in autumn of 2010. A Barbary Falcon or Peregrine of the subspecies of Brookei was seen. The best time in end of August and early September but end of July is good for Honey Buzzards and other good species like Tawny Pipits, Golden Oriole,Bonelli's Warbler, Chough (being Red-billed),Crag Martins, and nearby near Canigou are Ptarmigan, Capercallie and all the usual high mountain species. More at:- http://www.questmachine.org/article/...s_des_Pyrenees http://www.cr-languedocroussilon
      http://gorperpignan.pagesperso-orang...rationeyne.htm http://www.maison-de-la-vallee.com
      http://www.capcir-pyrenees.com/la-Re...Eyne-5495.phtm
      http://www.catalones.reserves-naturelles.org Prats de Mollo http://www.lagunas2012.rnf.com
      http://gorperpignan.pagesperso-orang...coins/eyne.htm
      To get to Eyne head to the village of Eyne head to de la Tete in Aude then Mont Louis then Saillagase turn left on the road
      then 2 km from the village of Eyne on D29 you come to the raptor watch point normally manned from 22nd July.
      La Cerdagne-Eyne. http://www.migraction.net/
      Gunter de Smet Coordinator Mission Rapaces. Email:- gunter.desmet@lpo.fr/
      Kind regards, Bertram.E.B.Bree in sunny mild Jersey. http://www.jersey.com/ http://www.birdingpal.com/

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      • #4
        http://www.catalanes.reserves-naturelles.org/ I meant 25 species of raptor were seen in the autumn of 2010 at Eyne.And 67 species of birds in total.
        Kind regards,
        Bertram.E.B.Bree.

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        • #5
          http://www.catalanes.reserves-naturelles.org/ I meant 25 species of raptor were seen in the autumn of 2010 at Eyne.And 67 species of birds in total.http://www.pourdespyreneesvivantes.fr/pages.php?F2=101
          Kind regards,
          Bertram.E.B.Bree.

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          • #6
            http://www.catalanes.reserves-naturelles.org/ I meant 25 species of raptor were seen in the autumn of 2010 at Eyne.And 67 species of birds in total.http://www.pourdespyreneesvivantes.fr/pages.php?F2=101
            http://gorperpignan.pagesperso-orange.fr/actualite.htm http://www.reservoirbirds.com/
            Kind regards,
            Bertram.E.B.Bree.

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            • #7
              Hi there,
              For detailed news of Eyne raptor watchpoint near the Pic de Canigou look at GOR or Groupe Ornitholigique du Roussillon website at:-
              http://gorperpignan.pagesperso-orang...rationeyne.htm
              http://www.atlas-ornitho.fr
              Kind regards,
              Bertram.E.B.Bree in mild Jersey http://www.birdingpal.com Jerseyisland Birdingpal.

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              • #8
                Birds counted at Eyne.

                The numbers of birds counted are all at this one superb site of Cerdagnes-Eyne!
                The counts for the whole of France include huge numbers of Montagu's Harriers as France and Spain combined host over 2/3 rds of the breeding population of the whole of Western Europe and much of the breeding Red Kites and Black Kites. Full counts if you join Mission Rapaces of the LPO or Ligue pour la Protection des Oiseaux. Document called 'Cahiers de la Migration'!
                Kind regards, Bertram.E.B.BREE

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                • #9
                  Honey Buzzards, common French breeders.

                  Hi there,
                  In Guernsey today Monday a Honey Buzzard was seen at 16.15 flying west at Pleinmont on the south-western tip of Guernsey. They fly through from Gibraltar also where news at:-
                  http://www.gonhs.org/records.htm
                  allows you to track their movements through as does the odd Scottish satellite tracked bird and birds breeding in the New Forest. They are common breeders in France including on the Normandy and northern France coast with maps at:- http://www.atlas-ornitho.fr
                  on 'Bondree apivore' allows you to note their breeding sites each year.
                  At:- http://www.oiseaux.net news in French of birds in France and translations.
                  Kind regards,
                  Bertram.E.B.Bree in mild sunny Jersey.

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