Northern France Day Three

Seven thirty saw us back at the Boulangerie to collect our Croissants and Pain au Chocolat. Certainly a good way to start a days birding. We then headed for Sailly Bray, an area of marshland reputedly good for Bluethroat. On the way we again saw several Cattle Egrets and a couple of White Storks.IMG_2868 (1024x682) Our walk started along an avenue of Poplars that can apparently have Golden Oriole but we were a little too early in the year for these. The yaffling of a Green Woodpecker greeted us and we soon added Sedge Warbler and Cetti’s to the list. A Grasshopper warbler was heard only but again Cuckoos were seen and heard. Whitethroat and Blackcap were next followed by White Wagtail, Lapwing, Avocet and Shelduck. Again the elusive Bluethroat wasn’t seen or heard. Next stop was Le Crotoy, a fabulous little town on the Somme Estuary. En-route we saw many more Egrets and a few more Storks. At Le Crotoy, despite the tide being way out we managed a few waders including several Whimbrel and a lone Little Stint.

We then headed for La Maye, an area of mainly scrub backing onto the dunes a little further along the estuary. Driving along the one kilometre access track we heard three Nightingales and a Cuckoo. Throughout the walk here it was wall to wall Whitethroats, a single Lesser,a few Sedge, Willow and Chiffchaffs and at least eight more Nightingales including a couple that were happy to perch atop the bushes. The walk back to the car was along the edge of the estuary where as it was low tide the water was just about visible in the distance. The highlight here was five Spoonbills flying over.

On the drive back to the house we saw Grey Partridge, all three egrets and more Storks including a group of five which were soaring high in the sky.IMG_2889 (1024x682)

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