Les Oiseaux de Picardie

Moules Frites at a restaurant in St Valery yesterday had the bonus of a view over the River Somme and some extensive saltmarshes. Many gulls seen including a single Yellow-legged ans several Mediterranean. A couple of hundred Shelduck, three Black-necked Grebe and twenty-eight little Egret were the best of the rest. Today started with coffee and a pain-au-chocolat at Le Crotoy before we headed for the bird reserve at Marquenterre. Two White Storks in a roadside field were a good sighting as was a single Brambling in the car park at Le Crotoy. A couple of dozen Redshank were on the sandbanks here. At Marquenterre we walked the full eight kilometre trail and visited all twelve hides. Highlights here were Common Crane, three Great White Egrets, Kingfisher, Spoonbill, three hundred Curlew, a large flock of Black-tailed Godwit and around two hundred and fifty Pintail. Yesterday a Great Black-backed Gull was seen to take and eat a Pintail. Final birds of the day were seen on a walk on the salt marshes, these included Peregrine plus Hen and Marsh Harrier.

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