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Thread: Bowl of Corncrakes for breakfast in Frances Loire valley!

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    Thumbs up Bowl of Corncrakes for breakfast in Frances Loire valley!

    Hi there,
    Details on Cornflake research in the Loire valleys near Angers in France
    where farming has caused Corncrakes breeding there to suffer a
    population crash to about 500 pairs due to mowing of young Cornflakes
    for cera=eals for the petit-dejuner! Avec croissants et baguettes!
    Kind regards,
    Bertram.E.B.Bree back from Brittany where I saw 1,000 adult GBB's
    including a red ringed bird on the left leg at Pointe du Raz a crazy
    group of GBB's with 6 or so Chough overhead chased by a hungry Peregrine
    which is a problem for the Chough there which are very jumpy and not a good
    species to reintroduce to areas covered in tourists! A stupid idea to allow
    tourists to their top sites in Brittany as they loathe disturbance from birders
    and humans who are not so bird friendly with Peregrines also chasing them
    everywhere now!

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    Thumbs up Upper Normandy migration now in northern France.

    Hi there,
    In Upper Normandy now just south of the UK a Short-toed Eagle
    is present with its breeding range now spreading around Paris
    and across northern France around Normandy and Brittany
    wherre it is set soon to breed. They have turned up on the Scillies
    and now Booted Eagles are also spreading north around southern Paris
    as a breeding species as is Bee-eater. In Normandy a Great Reed Warbler
    was ringed recently as were numerous Aquatic Warblers. A few
    Cinnamon Teal were seen recently in Normandy! In the Camargue it is
    peak wader passage time with many Phalaropes and the odd Tern of
    interest such as a probable Elegant Tern now which breed
    annually off north-western France around Brittany. DNA work is being
    done on their feather to study the hybrid young genetics. They
    hybridise with Sandwich Tern as did a Common Tern hybridised with an
    Arctic Tern this summer at Mesquer on the Loire estuary. Short-toed
    Eagles asre now summering in numbers in Brittany at the Monts d'Arrhee
    where ten or so Montagu's Harriers nest every summer with small
    numbers of Hen Harriers. In Jersey and Guernsey a few Black Storks
    were seen and one in Jersey sprained a wing and is in care now.
    Off Brittany near Lannion south-west of Jersey I noted up to
    5,000 Balearic Shearwaters recently in the Bay of Lannion the
    bulk of the world population!
    Kind regards,
    Bertram.E.B.BREE in sunny Jersey.

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    Thumbs up A Little Bittern in northern France!

    Hi there,
    Little Bitterns are spreading north as breeding species in
    northern France now!
    In Picardie now near Calais about 50 pairs of Little Bittern breed
    in particular in a few great small bird reserves where in one
    such reserve about 5 pairs breed annually in quite a small reserve
    run by a lady and her husband who welcome british birders to their
    small reserve which they give birding tours around primarily in French
    but they speak some English and great birds are breeding here
    including Bluethroats and Savis Warblers plus Fan-tailed Warblers!
    In the Seine estuary this summer a pair of Little Bittern were summering and calling and a few kilometres away at la Grand Noe bird reserve a pair
    of Little Bittern bred and reared three young. In Brittany there were also successful and a few pairs breed annually in the Loire estuary area.
    More on the Grand Noe bird reserve at email:-
    Also in Picardie Nature in 2009 Cavoury.L & Legris.S did a write up
    worth reading!
    On 21st and 22 January 2011 is a birding course in French at La Grande Noe
    and on 10th and 12 th September 2010 birders will be active on the reserve here a great time to meet up with all the top birders of the area.
    More at:-
    GONm 181 Rue d'Auge, 14000 CAEN
    Fabrice Gallien at email :-
    Has details on Chausey Islands bird reserve in the Channel Isles part of Normandy visited by a quarter of a million shorebirds every year on passage!
    He is giving a talk on 17th September 2010 at 18.00 French time
    on Chausey.
    He knows many Normandy bird ringers including the ringer of a White Stork
    at Hotot en Auge near Caen a few years ago which bred at
    Norovasilieveslcoe about a 100 km from Moscow seen by Ekaterina
    Chekulaeva breeding there this summer on 21st July 2010 with three young
    in the nest and saw the colour rings proving its Normandy birthplace!
    In the channel Isles at present hundreds of juvenile Wheatears
    and hirundines passing through with Willow Warblers and passerines now.
    Great birding time here now with good seabird passage here of Skuas
    and seabirds like Terns and Shearwaters as Sabines Gulls are likely soon to pass through. Many Grey Plovers here and shorebirds with over 100 pairs
    of Kentish Plovers breeding on the Normandy coast which can turn
    up here where they used to breed with many colour ringed which turn up in
    Brittany with their Normandy colour rings on! Also many ringed Roseate Terns
    now at Ile de Berder oyster farms in Brittany west of Vannes with rings on.
    Photos just taken at:-
    Also photo of Wilsons Petrel just seen off Ouessant or in English
    Kind regards,
    Bertram.E.B.BREE in sunny Jersey.

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    Thumbs up A hundred pairs of a Little Bittern in north-eastern France in Picardie in the Somme!

    Hi there,
    In the Somme estuary around a hundred pairs of Little Bittern bred this summer more at:-
    Kind regards,
    Heavy pdf to download but if you have broadband it is a cinch!
    Kind regards,
    Worth reading to manage habitat at Dungeness or nearby for the birds
    likely to colonise the UK soon as is Cattle Egret, Night Heron,
    Purple Heron, White Stork and Great Egret!
    Bertram.E.B.Bree in sunny Jersey in contact with the ardeaidae specialists
    in France who think Glossy Ibis are spreading north now also! Summering in the Loire estuary this summer and hundres of them breed in in the Camargue
    at Scamandre where my colleagues colour ring Glossies every summer in hundreds! Also Pygmy Cormorants spreading up France from the Po delta
    in northern Italy!

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    Thumbs up Seawatch pelagic off Brittany and at La Turballe near the Loire estuary!

    Hi there,
    A week or so ago off Brittany in north-western France from Ouessant
    island or in English it is called Ushant a seabird pelagic noted
    numerous Wilsons Petrels, Sabines Gulls, Balearic Shearwaters,
    Great Shearwater, Sooty Shearwaters, many Storm Petrels
    Porpoises and many other birds including Grey Phalaropes!
    More at:- at:- The GNLA website the Groupe de Naturalistes de la Loire Atlantique
    also Americ Musseau organises pelagics from La Turballe near the Loire estuary and the last one was excellent.
    At present the Vilaine estuary just to the north of the Loire estuary is filled with huge numbers of rare birds with often a hundred or so Sabines Gulls
    and hundreds of Balearic Shearwaters!
    Kind regards,
    Bertram.E.B.BREE in sunny Jersey.

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    Thumbs up ANO Ouessant pelagic pdf correct URL

    Hi there,
    The above pdf should be:-
    Kind regards,
    Bertram.E.B.BREE in sunny Jersey.

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    Thumbs up Loire estuary Aquatic Warblers research.

    Hi there,
    THE GNLA:-
    Do bird ringing in the lac de Grand Lieu bird reserve
    just south west of Nantes and many Aquatic Warblers
    are caught and ringed here in August and early september as they are in the Trunvel Baie d'Audierne ringing centre near the bird hide at Etang de Trunvel
    not far from the breeding Bee-eaters at Pointe de la Torche in the south
    of the Baie d'Audierne just west of Quimper where Morgan just colour ringed
    50 or so young kentish Plovers despite huge disturbance of the birds breeding here by surfers and beach walkers. Also it is heaving here in colour ringed Med Gulls, Sanderlings and Whimbrels plus many seabirds and sea mammals just offshore here at POinte de pen march near the phare or lighthouse
    of Eckmul near an old lifeboat station worth a visit and the area has dozens of breeding Bee-eaters every year here which get very disturbed by photographers and the gypsies which have a caravan park near the Bee-eaters breeding tunnels but they reared some young this year and I noted
    one calling just over the Pointe de la Torche car park a fortnight ago
    so they are around late as they normally depart in mid August and I think some are still around calling and feeding young.
    They have bred a number of times in Normandy and on Alderney in the Channel Isles where they are an annual migrant!
    More on Normandy birding at:-
    Normally over a hundred Aquatics are ringed at the Seine estuary each year
    and some are fitted with a third of a gramme radio transmitter
    on their backs which falls off after a few days just long enough to track their
    movements across the Hode Seine estuary ringing camp.
    Also of the 120 pairs of Kentish Plovers breeding in Normandy many are colour ringed and one has just turned up in Brittany proving movement from Normandy to Brittany of Normandy breeders which winter often in Africa but some winter in Normandy and Brittany where a hundred Whimbrel winter in
    the Bay of St Brieuc and 20,000 Avocet winter across the whole of France
    a important wintering area for Avocets. Many colour ringed Sanderling in northern France and the Channel Isles are noted passing in 4 days from Greenland and 3 days from Iceland a fantastic migration. A Turnstone
    wintering on Ouessant or Ushant in English was colour ringed by my colleague Dr RIG Morrison at Alert base in Arctic Canada a hundred kilometres from the North Pole. Also over a thousand hrota Brent Geese from Canada winter in
    northern France with many colour ringed amonst them and last winter at Ile de Re not far from Bordeaux a colour nigricans ringed at Taymir peninsula
    in central Siberia was seen wintering on the Atlantic coast of France a first
    record of a colour ringed nigricans! Also over 100,000 bernicla winter
    in France with the bulk of the world population of bernicla wintering on the French coast! Now they are looking for White Sea colour ringed Oystercatchers my friend rings there who has had her birds already
    seen at Den Helder in the Netherlands so perhaps some turn up also in France
    and other countries!
    More on the Aquatic Warblers at:-
    On the mammals of Normandy which affect the wildlife of Normandy.
    Kind regards,
    Bertram.E.B.Bree in sunny Jersey.

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    Thumbs up Aquatic Warblers

    Hi there,
    English summary of the LIFE program

    Conservation of the Aquatic Warbler in Brittany
    The Aquatic Warbler Acrocephalus paludicola is one of Europe’s warblers most exposed to the danger of extinction. This explains that it has the status of endangered species on a global scale (SPEC1) and that it is a priority of the Bird Directive of the European Commission. The population of breeders, estimated at about 12 500-20 000 breeding pairs (Aquatic Warbler Conservation Team, 2003), is distributed essentially over Poland and Byelorussia. The wintering zone, which is not clearly known, is situated in western tropical Africa.
    Over a period of 25 years information has been collected by ringing stations in the framework of the European programme Acroproject. This information shows that the principal stop-over and fattening-up zone during the post-nuptial migration is situated in the north-west of France along the coast of the Channel and further down along the Atlantic. The zone is characterised by a string of coastal marshes along the Norman and Brittanian coasts, from the Seine Bay to the Loire estuary.
    The principal threat on these zones is the absence of management in favour of the Aquatic Warbler. This is enhanced by the secretiveness of this little warbler and the lack of necessary knowledge on behalf of the managers. This absence of management often goes hand in hand with other threats that are always the lot of wetland zones as the degradation of the hydraulic functioning, natural filling-up, water pollution, man-made changes (filling-up, intensive reaping of the reed beds, development for leisure activities or for shooting). These threats all bring with them a loss in diversity of the habitats and a change in their ecological functions for the aquatic warbler i.e. feeding, resting and nocturnal orientation.
    Thus the main motivation for this project is to increase the surface of habitats favourable for the migrating Aquatic Warbler along the French coasts of the Atlantic. This general aim can be declined in two specific aims:

    maintaining or rehabilitating the ecological functions essential for the receiving of the migrating Aquatic Warbler on some important stop-overs;
    promoting the experience in management acquired by the persons in charge and by the managers of the string of coastal marshes.

    In Brittany, the project is led on 3 sites designated in SPA, under the responsibility of the proposant, Bretagne Vivante – SEPNB :

    to improve the knowledge of the migratory stop-overs and the role of their habitats for the species: the project plans a radio-tracking operation, a study of the diet through analyses of droppings collected on the ringing stations and a further inventory of possible spring migratory stop-overs.
    to perpetuate the regulation protection of the most important stop-overs: this means a control on the use and the property status of 30 hectares by management agreements or acquisitions.
    to put in place a management adapted to the vital habitats : the planned work concerns 265 hectares of marshes and consists in rehabilitation work on the marshes by clearing out, digging ditches, installing gates or maintenance work by reaping of the reed beds and the subhalophilic meadows on a pluriannual basis and by the management of water levels.promoting the experience in management acquired by the persons in charge and by the managers of the string of coastal marshes.
    to make the local population aware of the importance of these zones by the production and the broadcasting of a film, by conferences in the localities, by the publishing of a brochure and by a programme of activities for the general public and school children. The Life will thus contribute to a local understanding and acceptation of the Natura 2000 sites.
    to share the acquired experience with the managers and persons in charge in France by the organisation of technical workshops and the publishing, at the end of the programme, of a collection of experiences. This booklet will at the same time propose a regional conservation strategy. The creation of a web site and the planning of exchanges with the Spanish Life LIFE2002NAT/E/8616REV complete the communication chapter.
    The Life is planned over a period of 5 years and 4 months, from Jan 1st 2004 to April 30th 2009.

    This summer on Ile aux Moutons a pair of Roseate Terns bred and despite
    Peregrine Falcon predation the main colony on Ile aux Dames had breeding
    Roseate Terns on it until the end of the breeding season. Also Ile au Trevors
    and Ile de la Colombiere near St Jacut just west of St malo had breeding birds.
    Kind regards,
    Bertram.E.B.BREE in sunny Jersey near Guernsey where a Dottrel is
    now present at Pleinmont.

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    Thumbs up Aquatic Warbler research in France and agreement just signed with Poland and the EU.

    Hi there,

    Details on the Aquatic Warbler research programme in northern France
    where a new agreement has been signed with Poland and the EU to
    encourage better conservation of the species.
    Kind regards,
    Bertram.E.B.Bree in sunny Jersey.

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    Thumbs up Elegant Tern ? photos from the Rhone delta now!

    Hi there,
    Photos of a possible Elegant Tren in the Rhone delta now
    the Camargue area!
    Nice photos to browse and tell us what yu think.
    I have seen them in California with top Californian Tern specialists!
    Kind regards,
    Bertram.E.B.Bree noting massive wader passage now plus seabirds!
    In sunny Jersey.

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