GREYLAG GEESE (oie cendrée), LAPWINGS (vanneaux) and GOLDEN PLOVER (pluvier doré) all moving south this morning.
Excellent SHORT-EARED OWL (hibou des marais) here, flapping high over the park to the northeast in the early morning.
The SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF (pouillot de Sibérie) was showing well early in the willows around the pond.
Flocks of STARLINGS moving today, along with a few LAPWINGS (vanneaux) and CORMORANTS. In the late afternoon some familiar-sounding bullfinch-like peeps from the reedbed led to another (or the same?) SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF !!
A good raptor show this afternoon with a fine RED KITE (milan royal) circling over the town centre, at least 10 migrating BUZZARDS (buse) and a HEN HARRIER (busard St Martin) flying north.
A cold northerly wind and misty grey skies at first light - only REDWINGS (mauvis) were moving. There was the first "rarity" of the autumn a bit later with a briefly confiding SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF (pouillot de Sibérie) in the ditch at the Petite Prairie, only noticed thanks to its peeping bullfinch-like calls.
Visiting UK birder Sean Offord found this STONECHAT (tarier pâtre), a good bird for the park these days, and a flyover WATER PIPIT (spioncelle) was a year-tick. In the afternoon an OSPREY (balbuzard) flew south before the rains arrived.
Today was the traditional annual «
journée de la migration » when migration spots around the region are
covered simultaneously by birders, the results being collated and
analysed by the powers that be.
It was quite good at Beaumonts until
midday, with lots of SKYLARKS (alouette des champs) and WHITE WAGTAILS (bergeronnette grise) and CHAFFINCHES (pinsons) going over, although it feels like there are fewer birds around compared to last year.
We had the first WOODLARK (lulu) of the year, and Pierre had a couple of RING OUZELS (plastron).Pictured here is one of the relatively few SONG THRUSHES going over. True to form it was an early bird today, passage petering out around 9am.
Nothing - not even a BLACKCAP....
This HONEY BUZZARD (bondrée)
careered in low and silently from the north and crash-landed in a small
tree at the Mare Perchée, only to be quickly chased off by the
Quite a lot about this morning with SPOTTED and PIED FLYCATCHERS (gobemouches gris et noir), at least 2 REDSTARTS (front-blanc), WHITETHROAT (grisette) and 2 REED WARBLERS (effarvatte) all on site.
Plenty of raptors around during the afternoon: 6 MARSH HARRIERS (busard des roseaux) and another HONEY BUZZARD were on migration, whereas on site there were 2 insect-chasing KESTRELS (crécerelle), a circling adult PEREGRINE, several SPARROWHAWKS (épervier) and 2 HOBBIES.
It’s been desperately dull these past couple of weeks but things picked up slightly with a couple of skulking WHITETHROATS (grisette) and the first PIED FLYCATCHER (gobemouche noir) of the autumn.In the afternoon a HOBBY raced south over the Cascade.
Too much wind today…
Record shot here of two of three distant BLACK STORKS (cigogne noire) gliding southwest this afternoon.
A HONEY BUZZARD (bondrée) looked to be migrating, whereas a BLACK KITE (milan noir) over the watertower looked more local and drifted off northwards. A few HOUSE MARTINS (hirondelle de fenêtre) around this afternoon, and good numbers of SWIFTS (martinet).
2 singing MARSH WARBLERS (verderolle) on site these past few days, and one of them today was roaming around between the reedbed and the Compost. The MELODIOUS WARBLER (polyglotte) is still at the Petite Prairie and the mysterious pair of HAWFINCHES (gros bec) flew low overhead, again.
An apparently migrating BLACK KITE (milan noir) glided north and this LARGE RED DAMSELFLY (Petite nymphe au corps de feu) was at the Cascade.
This WHITETHROAT (grisette) is still giving it all around Petite Prairie, songflighting and singing throughout the day.
In the same area a pair of GARDEN WARBLERS (fauvette des jardins) seems pretty sorted, the two birds moving around together with nest material early morning.
In the afternoon a lone WHITE STORK (cigogne blanche) flapped west towards Paris. Rather a good day for raptors with 4 BLACK KITES (milan noir), a BUZZARD (buse) and 4 HONEY-BUZZARDS (bondrée), the first of the year, gliding over.
2 TREE PIPITS (pipit des arbres) this morning and the first REED WARBLER (effarvatte) of the year was singing at the Compost.
Small numbers of SWALLOWS (rustique), HOUSE MARTINS (hirondelle de fenêtre) and SAND MARTINS (rivage) were flying over and this TURTLE DOVE (tourterelle des bois) was a big surprise - very rare to see them landing at Beaumonts.
The Montreuil SWIFTS (martinet
noir) have arrived in force at last - larger numbers today swarming over
the town, and one or two small screamimg groups racing around the
Good news on the MOORHEN (poule d'eau) front with successful breeding at the Mare de Bas - Pierre found a newly-hatched chick there this afternoon.
Another cold and grim morning, a blanket of thick grey cloud overhead. Great excitement, though, when this rare PURPLE HERON (héron pourpré) beat its way north.
Actually it was a morning for large waterbirds - almost nothing else was moving apart from three GREY HERONS (héron cendre) and a small flock of CORMORANTS (grand cormoran).
For the third consectutive day at least one RING OUZEL (plastron) was on site. A lonely-looking HOUSE MARTIN (hirondelle de fenêtre), the first of the year, winnowed high to the north and an early TURTLE DOVE (tourterelle du bois) was a surprise, going the same way just seconds afterwards.
Later in the day Pierre had two WHITE STORKS (cigogne blanche) and the first SWIFT (martinet noir).
One of three adult MEDITERRANEAN GULLS (melano) here, circling high to the north with five BLACK-HEADED GULLS (rieuse) in the early afternoon.
A BRAMBLING (pinson du nord), and the first TREE PIPITS (pipit des arbres) and YELLOW WAGTAILS (printa) of the spring flew overhead.
At just after midnight, Yves heard a TAWNY OWL (hulotte) calling from the southern side of the park.
Exciting discovery early this morning of this startled WATER RAIL (Rale d’eau) poking around the icy edges of the Mare Perchée. After that it was discreet and difficult and only occasionally visible scampering between the two reed beds.
The first migrating WHITE WAGTAILS (bergeronnette grise) and MEADOW PIPITS (farlouse) of the spring went overhead and a STONECHAT (traquet patre) was in the Savanna.
In the afternoon an impressive group of 45 WHITE STORKS (cigogne blanche) had a hard time flapping north against the strong, cold wind.