In Brittany in north-western France the Monts d'Arrhee highlands are a summering area of importance for Short-toed Eagles and four species of harriers including Pallid in numbers but at present Montagues are now returning to the site and the first Short-toed Eagle was just seen at:-
Menez Kador (Botmeur) area. They turn up in Jersey and have been seen in Scilly and summering in Normandy where even a pair of Black-shouldered Kites have summered in the past! Booted also turn up in this area as they breed in big numbers west of Paris in the Foret d'Orient in a site where Osprey also breed in Loiret Departement or equivalent of aa county just west of Paris near Chartres Cathedral where specialists wwho study the Eagles nesting here are based in the tourist shop and travel agents just opposite Chartres Cathedral who can point you in the right direction if you are there
to find nice birds like many Golden Orioles and Temmincks Stints now turning up as well ass raptors in the form of Red-footed Falcons which breed in Crows nests in France now turning up with the easterly winds!
Great Reed warblers aare also turning up and near Calais at Romereau 100hectares bird reserve they soon expect the annual 4 pairs of breeding Little Bittern to turn up. It is two hours dirve from the Somme estuary and the
Marquenterre reserve where a mixed colony of 100 Spoonbills breeding and
100 pairs of Avocets, Storks in a mixed Colony with breeding Great Egrets,
Night Herons, Cattle Egrets in a mixed colony of 250 pairs of mixed ardeaidae can be seen not far from Calais plus Kentish Plover, Crane, Melodious Warblers, Bluethroats and many nice birds about two hours drive from the Channel tunnel!
Bertram.E.B.BREE in sunny Jersey with a superb easterly wind blowing sure to bring in some Stints, waders, raptors, warblers and perhaps who knows something a little special!