Friday, 26 August 2011

France Day 11 - 18/08

A full day driving meant not many birds seen in France at all except a few each of Buzzard and Kestrel however after crossing the channel things started to pick up a bit, although the weather went downhill. We headed round the south of London and then up the M40 as we hoped this would be quieter, however I also hoped that I would be able to connect with the bird most associated with that particular stretch of road. After a flock of 6 Canada Geese flew over the motorway my dad spotted the first of 14 Red Kites (yeartick) including a few giving great views of what has to be one of my favourite species. This was the last addition to the trip list and took it to a grand total of 84, 9 more than my target. The full list is below with the highlights in bold:
Little Grebe
Great Crested Grebe
Black Necked Grebe
Cormorant
Night Heron
Great White Egret
Little Egret
Grey Heron
Mute Swan
Canada Goose
Gadwall
Mallard
Shoveler
Honey Buzzard
Red Kite
Marsh Harrier
Montagu's Harrier
Sparrowhawk
Buzzard
Osprey
Kestrel
Pheasant
Moorhen
Coot
Oystercatcher
Little Ringed Plover
Lapwing
Common Sandpiper
Mediterranean Gull
Black Headed Gull
Common Gull
Lesser Black Back Gull
Greater Black Back Gull
Herring Gull
Yellow Legged Gull
Common Tern
Little Tern
Black Tern
Whiskered Tern
Feral Pigeon
Woodpigeon
Collard Dove
Turtle Dove
Cuckoo
Tawny Owl
Swift
Green Woodpecker
Grey Headed Woodpecker
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Sand Martin
Swallow
House Martin
Meadow Pipit
Grey Wagtail
Pied Wagtail
Wren
Dunnock
Robin
Black Redstart
Stonechat
Blackbird
Mistle Thrush
Sedge Warbler
Reed Warbler
Blackcap
Chiffchaff
Long Tailed Tit
Coal Tit
Blue Tit
Great Tit
Nuthatch
Short Toed Treecreeper
Magpie
Jackdaw
Rook
Carrion Crow
Raven
Starling
House Sparrow
Chaffinch
Goldfinch
Greenfinch
Reed Bunting
Corn Bunting

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