126 species were recorded this year, a
very good total and an improvement on 2009. The site was visited on
almost every day, and in comparison to last year there were more early
morning visits paid during the autumn.
Several half-expected species did not make the list such as Turtle Dove (Tourterelle des bois) and Marsh Warbler (Rousserolle verderolle) and it was a rather poor year for waders with no reports of either Common Sandpiper (Chevalier guignette) or Green Sandpipier (Chevalier cul-blanc).
During the spring and autumn a total of 230 observer hours were spent "skywatching" from the Cascade. 131 larger raptors were observed migrating over the park (30% fewer than in 2009).
Two new species were recorded this year, both involving escaped cage-birds: Zebra Finch (Pinson mandarin) and Red Munia (Bengali rouge) were both observed on two occasions.
Observers at Parc des Beaumonts in 2010 :
AB= Alain Bloquet AT= Alain Thellier BD= Benoit Delbove BW= Bruno Walter DG= Didier Godreau DT= David Thorns KH=Klaire Houiex LS= Laurent Spanneut MD= Michael Duffy OP= Olivier Laporte PD= Pierre Delbove PH= Peter Hayman PM= Philip Redman PV=Pierre Rivallin PR= Pierre Rousset RP= Roland Paul SC= Stephane Chambris VB= Vincent van de Bor YF= Yves Fleury-Collet
The status symbols employed are those employed by Pierre Rousset in the original birdlist :
C = Captive (escape)
E = Summer Visitor
F = Feral
H = Winter Visitor
M = Migrant
S = Resident
Great Cormorant (Grand cormoran) Phalacrocorax carbo M
Recorded occasionally in small numbers in winter. Larger numbers of migrants noted in early spring and (especially) autumn. Absent in late spring and summer.
Less regularly noted in spring in comparison with 2009; the maximum daily count was of 64 birds on 5th April [LS/PR/DT].
First reported in autumn (13 birds) on 28th August [DT]. Most were reported during October with a daily maximum of 259 on 9th October [DT].
Grey Heron (Héron cendré) Ardea cinerea S M
A single bird observed at the Mare Perchée irregularly throughout the year although there were apparently no reports in February, May or July. Most frequently noted on site in the early mornings in August and early September.
Sadly last year's confiding individual suffered in the extreme weather at the beginning of the year and was found dead on the 4th February [RP].
1-2 birds occasionally noted apparently migrating on skywatches: in spring 1-2 birds noted on 5 dates between 5th March - 26th April. In autumn noted on 3 dates between 29th September - 17th October.
White Stork (Cigogne blanche) Ciconia ciconia M
Observed migrating over the park on 3 dates; in winter, early spring and autumn.
2, 31st January [LS/DT] - 5, 25th February [DT] - 8, 12th September [PR/DT].
Mute Swan (Cygne tuberculé) Cygnus olor M
1 record in spring.
9, 25th April [PR].
The observation was of 2 small groups (of 4 and 5 individuals) flying south in the late afternoon.
Greylag Goose (Oie cendrée) Anser anser M
Observed on 6 dates - 3 in early spring and 3 in late autumn.
2, 20th February [DT] - 10, 4th March [PR] - 15, 6th March [PR/DT]
16, 10th November [PR] - 49, 16th November [PR] - 6, 20th November [PR]
Photo: D.Thorns, 6th March 2010
Canada Goose (Bernache du Canada) Branta canadensis F
Observed flying overhead on 5 dates.
5, 3rd April [DT] - 2, 5th April [PR] - 2, 11th April [PR] - 6, 17th September [PR] - 6, 16th October [DT]
Mallard (Canard colvert) Anas platyrhynchos S M
Small numbers seen irregularly throughout the year. A pair bred successfully at the Mare Perchée for the second consecutive year.
First reported on 7th February (one day later than in 2009 !) and up to 6 birds noted daily thereafter until 21st May. Breeding confirmed with the appearance of 8 ducklings on 28th May although 3 of them were to be lost over the course of the next 8 days. The remaining 5 were to be seen daily up until 6th August, usually in the close company of the adult female. Thereafter just one juvenile remained until the end of the month, the bird appearing to be in good health, albeit with a very slightly deformed bill and apparently unable to fly.
The species was absent in September although up to 6 birds were occasionally noted in flight during the last 3 months of the year.
Northern Pintail (Carnard pilet) Anas acuta M
2 flying south on 14th November [PR].
Osprey (Balbuzard pecheur) Pandion haliaetus M
A good year : recorded on 5 dates (3 in spring and 2 in autumn).
1, 5th April [LS/PR/DT] - 1, 12th May [PR] - 1, 13th May [PR/DT]
1, 11th September [PR/DT] - 1, 7th October [PR]
See Appendix I & II.
Red Kite (Milan royal) Milvus milvus M
Observed migrating over the park on 3 dates in autumn.
1, 9th October [DT] - 2, 10th October [DT] - 1, 18th October [PR]
See Appendix I & II.
Black Kite (Milan noir) Milvus migrans M
Observed on 4 dates (3 in spring and 1 in autumn).
1, 5th April [PR/DT] - 2, 15th April [AB/PR/DT] - 2, 12th May [PR]
1, 1st August [SC/PR/DT]
Short-toed Eagle (Circaéte Jean-Le-Blanc) Circaetus gallicus M
1 record in autumn.
1, 7th October [PR]
Marsh Harrier (Busard des roseaux) Circus aeruginosus M
Recorded more often and in greater numbers than in 2009. Observed on 17 dates (4 in spring and 13 in autumn). At least 51 birds were involved.
1, 21st March [PR/DT] - 1, 23rd March [PR] - 1, 8th May [PR] - 1, 13th May [PD/DT]
1, 21st August [SC/DT] - 4, 28th August [DT] - 1, 31st August [DT] - 2, 5th September [LS] - 1, 11th September [PR/DT] - 10, 12th September [PR/DT] - 4, 17th September [PR] - 1, 18th September [PR/DT] - 2, 25th September [SC/KH/PV/PR/LS/AT/DT] - 2, 30th September [PR] - 13, 7th October [PR] - 4, 9th October [DT] - 2, 10th October [SC/DT].
Hen Harrier (Busard Saint-Martin) Circus cyaneus M
Recorded on 4 dates (1 in spring, 3 in autumn).
1, 21st March [PR]
3, 7th October [PR] - 1, 30th October [DT] - 1, 31st October [SC/PR/DT]
Montagu's Harrier (Busard cendré) Circus pygargus M
1 migrating south on 29th August [DT].
Common Buzzard (Buse variable) Buteo buteo M
Lower numbers than usual (-58% on 2009) and inexplicably absent in spring. Recorded flying over the park on 19 dates, the vast majority in autumn. In late August one or two birds sometimes noted wandering around the area, in stark contrast to pernis apivorus which was migrating much more purposefully at this time. At least 30 individuals were involved.
1, 14th February - 1, 27th February
1, 31st July - 1, 1st August - 1, 7th August - 1, 8th August - 1, 21st August - 3, 22nd August - 3, 28th August - 1, 29th August - 1, 5th September - 1, 12th September - 3, 18th September - 2, 19th September - 2, 9th October - 1, 22nd October - 2, 24th October - 1, 1st November - 1, 7th November - 1, 20th November
1, 18th December [DT].
A rather disappointing year with 64%
fewer reported than in 2009. Although the situation in spring was
identical to last year (reported on 3 dates) the reduced numbers were
notable in autumn with just 7 birds observed on 6 dates. At least 14
individuals were involved.
2, 13th May [PD/DT] - 4, 15th May [PR/DT] - 1, 16th May [PR/DT]
Photo: L.Spanneut, 22nd August 2010
1, 21st August [SC/DT] - 1, 22nd August [LS/DT] - 1, 10th September [PR] - 2, 11th September [PR/DT] - 1, 12th September [PR/DT] - 1, 17th September [PR]
Short-eared Owl (Hibou des marais) Asio flammeus H M
One observation in spring.
1 flying south on 24th March [LS].
Photo: L.Spanneut, 24th March 2010
Crested Lark (Cochevis huppé) Galerida cristata H M
1 record in winter.
1, 27th December [PR].
Bank Swallow (Hirondelle de rivage) Riparia riparia E M
Fairly regular passage migrant in small numbers (usually 1-2 birds noted) - observed less frequently than in 2009. None was seen in summer (June-July).
First recorded in spring on 1st April [PR]. Noted on 5 further dates up to and including 22nd May.
Just 3 reports in autumn (up to 4 birds on 3 dates in August). Last reported on 28th August [DT].
Barn Swallow (Hirondelle de cheminée) Hirundo rustica E M
Common passage migrant in spring and autumn. Present in low numbers throughout the summer (breeding in near vicinity).
First recorded in spring on 21st March [PR/DT]. Spring migrants noted in small numbers almost daily up to 21st May with a peak of 20 on 5th April [PR/LS/DT].
Autumn migrants noted regularly from 25th July - 9th October with a maximum of 130 on 30th September [PR]. Last reported in autumn on 29th October [PR].
House Martin (Hirondelle de fenêtre) Delichon urbicum E M
Passage migrant in spring and autumn. Small numbers noted irregularly throughout the summer.
First recorded on 5th April [DT]. Last sighting on 6th October [PR].
Few noted migrating north in spring with 1-8 birds on just 4 dates to 21st May.
Almost absent in summer (June-July). Low numbers reported during autumn migration between 7th August - 6th October. The highest daily total was 71 moving south on 6th October [PR].
Meadow Pipit (Pipit farlouse) Anthus pratensis M
A fairly common passage migrant in spring and (especially) autumn.
First recorded in spring on 10th March [DT]. Up to 19 birds subsequently seen regularly up to and including 8th May.
Absent during the summer (9th May-11th September).
First reported in autumn on 12th September [DT]. Small numbers almost daily throughout the autumn with a peak of 48 on 6th October [PR]. Last autumn sighting on 7th November [PR].
Red-backed Shrike (Pie-griéche écorcheur) Lanius collurio M
Very rare passage migrant. 1 observation in spring.
1, 15th May [PR/DT]
This was the fourth record for Beaumonts, and the first in spring.
Photo: D.Thorns, 15th May 2010
Northern Wheatear (Traquet motteux) Oenanthe oenanthe M
Very uncommon passage migrant. Noted on 2 dates in autumn.
1, 30th September [PR] - 1, 16th October [DT]
Interestingly both observations involved tired-looking migrants dropping onto the rooftops of buildings outside the park boundary.
Whinchat (Tarier des prés) Saxicola rubetra M
Uncommon passage migrant. Just two records in autumn.
1, 21st August [DT] - 1, 5th September [LS].
Photo: L.Spanneut, 5th September 2010
Great Tit (Mésange charbonnière) Parus major S M
Common breeding resident - usually 1-6 birds seen daily.
Coal Tit (Mésange noire) Parus ater H M
Scarce winter visitor and passage migrant - small numbers observed on 6 dates towards the end of the year.
3, 12th September [DT] - 3, 8th October [DT] - 1, 13th October [PR] - 7, 31st October [DT] - 3, 1st November [DT] - 1, 17th December [PR]
The birds noted on 12th September and 31st October appeared to be in active migration, flying purposefully southwards and perching briefly in bushes en route.
Eurasian Blue Tit (Mésange bleue) Parus caeruleus S M
Common breeding resident, although slightly less numerous than p.major - usually 1-4 birds seen daily.
Crested Tit (Mésange huppée) Parus cristatus H M
Very uncommon. 2 records (1 in winter and 1 in autumn).
1, 7th January [PR] - 1, 21st August [DT].
Marsh Tit (Mésange nonnette) Parus palustris S
Uncommon resident. A poor year with just 2 records.
1, 29th July [DT] - 1, 11th September [DT].
Long-tailed Tit (Mésange à longue queue) Aegithalos caudatus S
Fairly common resident - 1 or 2 breeding pairs.
Up to 12 birds seen fairly regularly in winter. Last year's breeding pair was again present (one of the birds having a silver ring on the left leg). Juveniles noted for the first time on 17th May [DT].
True to form, a caudatus was either absent or very discreet in late spring and summer, with almost no reports from late May to the end of July.
Eurasian Nuthatch (Sittelle torchepot) Sitta europaea S
Inexplicably scarce and/or discreet at Beaumonts - just 5 records.
1, 3rd March [PR] - 1, 8th April [DT] - 1, 21st December [PR] - 1, 28th December [PR] - 1, 31st December [PR].
Short-toed Treecreeper (Grimpereau des jardins) Certhia brachydactyla S
Reasonably common resident - small numbers (1-3 birds) either seen or heard irregularly throughout the year.
More discreet in spring and early summer (March-mid-July).
Common Magpie (Pie bavarde) Pica pica S
Common breeding resident - usually 5-20 birds seen daily.
Eurasian Jay (Geai des chênes) Garrulus glandarius S M
Fairly common breeding resident - usually 1-3 birds seen daily.
Eurasian Jackdaw (Choucas des tours) Corvus monedula H M
Uncommon. Recorded on 4 dates in spring. No flocks reported (for the second consecutive year).
2, 27th February [DT] - 1, 22nd April [PR] - 2, 25th April [DT] - 1, 17th May [DT].
Rook (Corbeau freux) Corvus frugilegus M
A rather uncommon migrant. Records typically involve small, loose groups of less than 10 birds flying purposefully overhead. Observed on 15 dates (7 in spring and 8 in autumn).
Noted in spring between 27th February - 4th May with a maximum of 7 on 27th February [DT].
Observed in autumn between 10th September - 7th November with a maximum of 10 on 22nd October [PR].
Carrion Crow (Corneille noire) Corvus corone S
Common breeding resident. Up to 15 birds seen daily although occasionally higher numbers noted (ex; 35, 18th September [DT]).
European Starling (Etourneau sansonnet) Sturnus vulgaris S M
Common breeding resident, small numbers seen daily.
The presence of juveniles at the end of summer and migrants in late autumn increases numbers significantly, although there were fewer birds on site from mid-August to early September in comparison with 2009. First sizeable autumn flock (75) noted on site on 11th September [DT], numbers then increasing to around 220 birds during the third week of September.
Up to 230 birds noted in active migration on several dates in autumn between 30th September - 20th November.
Eurasian Golden Oriole (Loriot d'Europe) Oriolus oriolus M
An interesting year with 3 observations of a female (perhaps the same individual) during the summer, followed by another in autumn.
1, 7th June [DT] - 1, 13th July [PR] - 1, 29th July [DT].
1, 10th September [PR].
Red Munia (Bengali Rouge) Amandava amandava C
A new species for the park: 1 observed at the Mare Perchée on two dates in late autumn.
1, 30th October [SC/PR/DT] - 1, 1st November [PR/DT]
Zebra Finch (Pinson mandarin) Taeniopygia guttata C
A new species for the park: 2 different individuals noted in spring and summer.
1 (male), 10th April [AB] - 1 (female), 14th July [DT].
Photo: A.Bloquet, 10th April 2010
House Sparrow (Moineau domestique) Passer domesticus S
Fairly common resident breeding near the park - usually 1-4 birds seen almost daily.
Tree Sparrow (Moineau friquet) Passer montanus H
Now very uncommon at Beaumonts - no doubt declining in the region. 1-2 birds noted on several dates in winter on the edge of the recycling plant (in the same area as in previous years).
1, 30th November [PR] - 1, 3rd December [PR] - 2, 9th December [PR] - 2, 17th December [PR] - 1, 24th December [PR] - 1, 26th December [PR] - 1, 28th December [PR].
Chaffinch (Pinson des arbres) Fringilla coelebs S M
Fairly common in winter with small numbers seen daily. Discreet and rarely reported during the summer (almost no sightings from early April to mid-September).
Common passage migrant in early spring with small numbers noted flying northeast from 12th March - 5th April, with a daily maximum of 46 on 21st March.
Much higher numbers flying west or southwest on return passage between 11th September - 20th November, with a daily maximum count of 401 on 6th October [PR/DT].
Brambling (Pinson du nord) Fringilla montifringilla H M
Regular but rather uncommon passage migrant. Unlike last year, not reported in spring. Small numbers noted in autumn and winter.
Not recorded during the first 9 months of the year. Observed for the first time in autumn on 6th October [DT]. Thereafter noted fairly regularly on passage until 6th November, with a maximum of 22 on 2nd November.
5 birds were on site at the beginning of November, and a singleton was in the Savanna on 10th December [DT]. 1-3 birds noted during the last week of December [PR].
Eurasian Linnet (Linotte mélodieuse) Carduelis cannabina M
Reasonably common passage migrant noted in spring and autumn, rarely landing on site.
First reported in spring on 3rd March [DT]. Noted on 13 further dates up to and including 1st May with a daily maximum of 11 on 5th April [PR/LS/DT].
First observed in autumn on 30th September [PR]. Noted on 6 further dates up to and including 7th November, with a daily maximum of 15 on 2nd November [DT].
Lesser Redpoll (Sizerin cabaret) Carduelis flammea H M
Very uncommon winter visitor and migrant.
Another poor year in comparison to 2008 - just 2 records in late autumn.
3, 21st October [PR] - 1, 24th October [PH/DT].
European Goldfinch (Chardonneret élégant) Carduelis carduelis S M
Reasonably common resident, breeding in or near the park. Usually 1-3 birds seen almost daily throughout the year.
Flock of 10 birds present on site at the end of January/beginning of February.
Noted singing at the Mare de Brie on 17th March. Rarely reported in late spring and summer (1st April - 31st July).
In autumn occasionally noted on skywatches and perceived to be migrating (up to 6 birds noted on 12 dates between 6th October-1st November).
European Greenfinch (Verdier d'Europe) Carduelis chloris S M
Common resident breeding in or near the park. Usually 1-6 birds noted daily.
As in previous years rather discreet in late spring and early summer with relatively few reports between mid-May and the end of July. A relatively large flock (16 birds) was present on 4th December [DT].
Eurasian Siskin (Tarin des aulnes) Carduelis spinus H M
A rather poor year with relatively few records (ex: noted on just 3 dates January-September).
Visible migration in spring noted only once on 26th March. Up to 23 birds noted on 16 dates in autumn from 6th October - 7th November. A singleton was seen on 27th November [LS] and 3 noted on 27th December [PR].
European Serin (Serin cini) Serinus serinus S M
Fairly common resident with 1-2 breeding pairs estimated in or very near the park - small numbers (usually 1-2 birds) seen regularly from mid-March throughout the year.
2 juveniles noted on 7th June [DT].
Irregular appearance on site in winter: not observed in January or February although a small party of up to 7 birds present in mid-December [DT].
Eurasian Bullfinch (Bouvreuil pivoine) Pyrrhula pyrrhula S
A discreet but reasonably common resident, although in very low numbers. 1-4 birds seen fairly regularly throughout the year, one pair breeding successfully in the park and raising at least 2 young.
2 juveniles observed with an adult at the Mare de Brie on 17th August [DT]. Unlike in 2009, noted regularly towards the end of the year (November-December).
Hawfinch (Grosbec casse-noyaux) Coccothraustes coccothraustes H M
Uncommon winter visitor and passage migrant in spring and autumn. Recorded on 10 dates (2 in spring, 6 in autumn and 2 in winter).
1, 16th March [DT] - 2, 29th April [DT].
1, 6th October [PR/DT] - 4, 7th October [PR/DT] - 1, 9th October [DT] - 4, 31st October [DT] - 2, 1st November [DT] - 3, 5th November [DT].
1, 9th December [PR] - 1, 29th December [PR].
Red Crossbill (Bec-croisé des sapins) Loxia curvisrostra E M
1 record in autumn.
2 flying southeast on 24th October [PH/DT].
Reed Bunting (Bruant des roseaux) Emberiza schoeniclus H M
Rather uncommon and irregular winter visitor. Recorded fairly often in spring and autumn.
1-5 birds noted occasionally at the start of the year (most records in March).
Absent in late spring and summer (not recorded on site between 6th April and 5th October).
In autumn 1-3 birds noted (sometimes in active migration) on 15 dates between 6th October - 12th November.
Very rare passage migrant. One observation in early autumn.
1, 3rd September [DT]
The bird was in active migration, flying high over the Cascade in the early morning. A sound recording of its calls appears to confirm the identification.
Yellowhammer (Bruant jaune) Emberiza citronella M
Very uncommon passage migrant. A good year - noted on 3 dates in late autumn.
1, 22nd October [PR] - 1, 31st October [DT] - 1, 2nd November [DT].
Cirl Bunting (Bruant zizi) Emberiza cirlus S M
Sadly now an uncommon, non-breeding species. Reported on 2 dates (1 in spring and 1 in autumn).
1, 10th April [PR/DT] - 1, 12th September [LS].