At Vioreau in Loire Atlantique not far from Nantes around 60 pairs
of White Storks have had an excellent breeding year often with four young to a nest with most young recently ringed. Also at Etang de Vioreau near Nantes
a couple of Caspian Terns are now present! Also not far from the Loire estuary a hybrid pair of Common and Arctic Tern have nested again this year.
Fun looking at hybrid young!!
In Switzerland at Fribourg the Alpine Swift colony has had a good year
with hundreds of young now ringed in the colony!
On Ushant or in French the isle of Ouessant have places free for their birding pelagics this autumn at knock down prices with accomodation at the bird obeservatory there where Chough haev had a good breeding year and seabird movement is now in ful swing with Feas Petrel seen from the last pelagic from there! Also today a report of an Albatross in the vicinity passing the south ocast of the UK!
A wide variety of seabirds now passing Ushant including Sooty, Great, Corys and many Balearic plus Little and many other nicee birds including a Rosy Pastor now on the isle there.
Accomodation at the Observatory with ringing programmes there this autumn as in Normandy in the Seine Estuary with places for 70 birders to help ring a hundred or so Aquatics there near Le Havre toll gates from the Pont de Normandie.Masses of Bluethroats, Savis, Beardies, Bittern, harriers, Spoonbills,
Crakes and other nice birds to he handeled throughout the month of August!
More details from the Maison de l'Estuaire at Le Havre and Pascal and Sebastien Provist! They hope to do radio tracking of Aquatics and Bittern there.
Free lodging or camping to qualified ringers who can help out!
Contact me if you have difficulty contacting the Maison de l'Estuaire at
Le Havre in the Seine estuary.
Bertram.E.B.Bree in sunny Jersey a contact of hundreds of CRBPO
ringers in France near sunny Jersey with seabird passage in full swing now.
Half a dozen Marsh Sandpipers and some Temmincks Stints now arriving in France in the Camargue plus many passage migrants including Warblers like Willows migrating now in the Channel!