The Green Heron which turns up every winter in southern France at Etang de Berre is back again for the third winter on the run!
Héron vert Butorides virescens : 1 dans le canal de station d'épuration de Berre l'étang-13 le 11/11 (P&A. Mansart), revu le 14/11 (M. Loubon et le 16/11 (P. Foulquier), 3ème hiver consécutif de présence.
It is still at Etang de Berre in Provence now and is likely to stay there over this winter as usual so if you are down there it is always in the same hangout.
Worth a trip to the site if you want to see this bird.It is strange it comes back every winter to the same spot! It would be interesting to know where it goes in the summer! Down there also many Cranes, raptors and a few late migrants which are benefiting from the mild weather like the Swallows still on the island of Jersey.Sometimes Swallows over winter in northwestern France in Brittany in small numbers and head north in late February towards the UK!
We have had them in the Channel Isles in February. They winter in good numbers in Spain now near Tarifa but small numbers hang around all winter north of the Loire estuary.Alpine Swift still in northern Italy.