Thursday 4 April 2019

Northern France Trip . Tuesday 2nd April . Day 2

On waking up in the house that we spent the night in at St Inglevert we ticked off Eurasian Collared Dove , Winter Wren , Common Blackbird , Great Tit , Common Chaffinch and Eurasian Nuthatch for the day list . We then made our way down across the area of the Somme ! to Le Parc Du Marquenterre  a large reserve that you pay to get into but it gives you access to 13 hides and was well worth it .
At the reserve after our breakfast of a coffee and a toasted cheese sandwich we started to make our way around the reserve and the first thing that we noticed was that there was Cetti`s Warblers everywhere , also seen were Greylag Goose , Barnacle Goose ,  breeding White Stork , Eurasian Spoonbill and Cattle Egret , plenty of Pied Avocet , 2 superb looking adult Mediterranean Gull , a couple of Common Crane , summer plumaged Black-Necked Grebes and Little Grebes and then the bird that I had hoped to see a Middle Spotted Woodpecker that was calling and drumming for quite a while but I just couldn`t get on it but then to much joy it flew across right in front of me .... mission accomplished !!
We then made our way through St Quenton-En-Tormont where we saw a few White Stork and a Eurasian Jay , towards an area of reedbeds near the town of Crotoy to look for Bluethroat , we parked the car up and walked along a long path with reedbeds on either side of us and we soon had a few singing Fan-Tailed Warbler , we walked on a bit further and picked out a singing Bluethroat and after a while we got great views of it and it turned out to be one with a white throat patch .. Luscinia cyanecula , a few more birds were heard and seen but we didn`t get as good views of them as the first one .
Also seen was a Great White Egret and 5 Eurasian Spoonbill , the rain then started to fall so we made our way back to Calais for our return journey home after a couple of great days birding .

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