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April 19th

The first SWIFTS (martinet) of the year drifted around in the late afternoon (several days later than usual).

April 15th

Really excellent skywatching this afternoon with Pierre, the highlights being this possible PALLID HARRIER (busard pale) and SHORT-EARED OWL (hibou des marais). The owl flapped in from the north and tried to land in the Savanna before being chased off by a crow, returning just above our heads. The harrier was another exciting affair - although frustratingly distant the bird was in fine view for at least a minute, circling around and then beating away to the northeast. Seems a bit too early for a Montagu’s (busard cendré), and it does basically look rather more like a Pallid which are apparently moving through France at the moment.

Other birds were moving today : going north were a pair of adult MEDITERRANEAN GULLS (mouette mélano) and 6 MARSH HARRIERS (busard des roseaux), whilst a BLACK KITE (milan noir), the first of the year, flew the other way. On site was a HAWFINCH (gros bec), a singing WILLOW WARBLER (fitis), and a pair of nest-building LONG-TAILED TITS (mésange a longue queue).


April 14th

A NIGHTINGALE (rossignol) and a WILLOW WARBLER (fitis) on site today, but apart from that almost no sign of any migration...hopefully everything's just late this year, or else we're in trouble.

April 11th

The first HOUSE MARTINS (hirondelle de fenêtre) of the year this morning, plus a flyover WATER PIPIT (spioncelle). Two RING OUZELS (merle à plastron) on site.

April 5th

First migrating SWALLOW (rustique) of the year this morning.


April 2nd


Excitement this morning with 5 MEALY REDPOLLS (sizerin flammé) landing near the Cascade and giving some scope views before flying off to the north.

Small numbers of birds migrating today, including a couple of MARSH HARRIERS (busard des roseaux) and a group of 8 WHITE STORKS (cigogne blanche).

This was one of a couple of local SPARROWHAWKS (épervier) flapping low overhead.

March 25th



Not a lot today either although there were more good views of the HAWFINCHES (gros bec), and in the late morning Emmanuel and Maite had a group of 40 migrating LAPWINGS (vanneaux).

Also migrating was this group of five BUZZARDS (buse) in the afternoon, which glided in and took a while circling high before moving on.





March 24th



Record shot here of the first MARSH HARRIER (busard des roseaux) of the spring arriving overhead. Otherwise not much today ; still a couple HAWFINCHES (gros bec) flying around on site, and a flock of about 32 GOLDEN PLOVER (pluvier dorée) flew northeast.

March 15th

Amazing record this morning of a KINGFISHER (martin pêcheur)- the first since November 2003 ! Seen from the Cascade, and with no time to lift the binoculars, the bird zipped through westwards towards the mare Perchée, although it couldn’t be found there afterwards.  

Quite a lot of migration going on with several SKYLARKS (alouette des champs), CHAFFINCHES (pinson des arbres), the first MEADOW PIPIT (farlouse) of the spring, 3 FIELDFARES (litorne) and 4 GOLDEN PLOVER (pluvier doré).


March 11th

30 GOLDEN PLOVER (pluvier doré) racing north very high in the sky this afternoon. At least three BUZZARDS (buse) still drifting around over Vincennes, and a HAWFINCH (gros bec) and SISKIN (tarin) on site.


March 4th

No sign of those REDPOLLS this morning, but two WOODCOCKS (bécasse des bois) were flushed up from the Compost, one almost immediately after the other.

A FIELDFARE (litorne) was on site along with the usual REDWINGS (mauvis), and a COAL TIT (mésange noire) was making lots of noise in a conifer up at the northern end of the park.


March 3rd

Since all the recent meddling with REDPOLL (sizerin) taxonomy a couple of COMMON REDPOLLS (sizerin flammé) at the Cascade this morning made for a park tick!!! An historic event indeed to see such a regional rarity, although to be honest there's been loads around everywhere these last few weeks, in what has been an exceptional « invasion year ».  

An interesting day with lots of birds on site and stuff moving north at last after a really cold week: distant lines of LAPWINGS (vanneau) were edging northeast, as was a flock of 12 ROOK (freux) and the first migrating BUZZARD (buse). On site were at least 7 HAWFINCHES (gros bec), a few SISKINS (tarin), large numbers of BLUE TITS (mésange bleue) and a singing male FIRECREST (triple bandeau).


February 24th



Wierd weather has set in; dry, bright and sunny with a very cold north-easterly (apparently Russian), and skies all hazed over by pollution. Nothing seemed to be flying through it this morning (not even a single gull), although this ROOK (freux), one of four, went north.

2 HAWFINCHES (gros bec) were on site, but no sign of any SISKINS (tarin).





February 18th

A flock of migrating SKYLARKS (alouette des champs) flew north this afternoon and 3 distant BUZZARDS (buse) were almost constantly on view, wandering high over the bois de Vincennes.

February 12th

Pierre had a FIELDFARE (litorne) on site today, a couple of HAWFINCHES (gros bec) and at least 10 SISKINS (tarin).

February 4th

A BLACKCAP (fauvette à tête noire) and about 20 SISKINS (tarin) for Pierre today.

February 3rd

SISKINS (tarins), BRAMBLING (pinson du Nord) and a couple of HAWFINCHES (gros bec) this morning.

January 27th


Cold and misty - a singing male BLACKCAP (fauvette à tête noire) and a HAWFINCH (grosbec) were on site but there were far fewer REDWINGS (mauvis), CHAFFINCHES (pinson des arbres), and not a single BRAMBLING (pinson du Nord).

As you can see the SISKINS (tarin) are still on site though, feeding this morning with GOLDFINCHES (chardonneret) near the car-park on rue Paul Doumer.

January 14th

A superb bright and sunny day - yesterday’s flock of SISKINS (tarin) was found again again feeding in trees in the northern part of the park (couple of shots here).

2 BRAMBLINGS (pinson du Nord) still present, and small numbers of adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS (goéland brun)  were flying north and east in the early afternoon.


January 13th



One of 4 BRAMBLINGS (pinson du Nord) here found amongst a roaming CHAFFINCH flock.

A group of around 20 SISKINS (tarin) was feeding in the alders behind the college and 4 COAL TITS (mésange noire), a HAWFINCH (grosbec) and plenty of REDWINGS also on site.

January 7th



Here's one of those HAWFINCHES (gros bec), still on site this morning near the mare de Milieu. A pair of BULLFINCHES (bouvreuil) as well today, and at least 4 FIRECRESTS (triple bandeau).

January 6th

A least 4 HAWFINCHES (gros bec) feeding on site this morning and still a large group of REDWINGS (mauvis) rambling around. There were also 2 wintering CHIFFCHAFFS (véloce), a FIRECREST (triple bandeau) and the mournful sounds of a BULLFINCH (bouvreuil).

January 1st

Happy New Year to you, dear reader. A grey and rainy day to kick off the year: a large group of around 30 REDWINGS (mauvis) was on site, but no sign of the BRAMBLINGS (pinson du Nord) or HAWFINCH (gros bec) which Pierre had a few days ago.


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