Some of the bird species found in the Steppe habitat are the Crested Lark, Calandra Lark, Tawny Pipit, (Northern) Wheatear, Carrion Crow, Little Bustard and Red-legged Partridge, plus other species – see species list PDF .
The France Mediterranean coastal areas offer many great birding habitats that are easy and safe to visit. Yellowbilled Tours will take you off the typical tourist trails into the finest region to sample a large array of southern European species including raptors. Accommodations and food are good and we travel in comfortable self-driven vehicle allowing for great flexibility in where we go to seek out all the special birds of this fine region.
Birding France starts with arrival on May 5th, ends May 12th, 2018
– Small group limited to six attendees – SOLD OUT for 2017
France 2018 registration is now open
We begin our European birding adventure traveling to southern France via train from the De Gaulle Airport. We will stay in the historic fortified Roman City of Arles.
YBT – France life_list
Birding France as a small group adds a social component, greater flexibility and ease of viewing the birds, unlike a large group.
Provence is a beautiful area of France for birding and enjoying the scenic towns and countryside. France offers a wide range of typical Mediterranean habitats which are easy, safe, and excellent birding – often beautifully scenic with historical settings. Our tentative itinerary is as follows.
Day 1 | We travel to Arles on the TGV train from the Charles de Gaulle airport.
Days 2/3/4/5: We will bird the lowland marshes, rich wetlands and coastal shores of the Camargue National Nature Reserve in the heart of the vast Rhone River delta. The Camargue Delta is an important wetland in Europe. Your visit is timed for the spring migration from North Africa over the Mediterranean Sea into Southern France. We will stay in nearby Arles, an historic Roman City in Provence where we can spend evenings enjoying the region’s fine food, wine and art. Our small, family-run hotel is just inside the ancient city walls within walking distance to the Roman Arena, great restaurants and a city walk of Van Gogh’s many painting sites. We will have time to explore St. Remy de Provence, Les Baux and the surrounding scenic, ancient hill-top villages of the Alpilles and Luberon. Some key birds we will seek include the Great Crested Grebe, Squacco Heron, Slender-billed gull, little Gull, Greater Flamingo, Common Green Shank, Wood Sandpiper, Spotted Redshank, Ruff, European Roller, Eurasian Green Woodpecker, Cetti’s Warbler, Alpine Swift, Eurasian Craig-Martin, Eurasian Marsh Harrier, Eurasian Hobby and Great spotted Woodpecker to name just a few. (See attached PDF for a complete list of birds seen on our last trip.)
Day 6: Depending on weather conditions we may travel north to the Maritime Alps and drive up Mt. Ventoux searching for high altitude alpine in coniferous forest, passerine species such as Alpine Accentor, Wood Lark, Serin, Citril Finch, Black Woodpecker, Snowfinch and raptors including the Booted and Bonelli’s Eagles, Short-toed Snake Eagle, Common Buzzard, and others.
Day 7: After breakfast we will depart for Avignon another famously scenic walled city. Here you have the option to travel on to other locations via the TGV rail system or to stay in Avignon. We can recommend The B&B Hotel Colbert where we will stay which is delightful. There will be birding opportunities along the nearby Rhone river, or you may just wish to sight-see, shop and relax or visit the ancient Romanesque architecture of three difference palaces. Your stay in Avignon is not included in the trip. We will take the TGV train back to Paris and fly home, or you may wish to extend your trip to other areas of France.
Included is your lodging plus breakfast, transportation during the field trip, entrance fees. .
Not included are airfare, rail transportation fee’s to and from Paris via train, alcoholic beverages, meals other than breakfast.
Please open France 2018 registration for field trip cost.
YBT – Registration Yellowbilled Tours France Birding, Food and Wine PDF:
Questions ?? call Rich Cimino 925-353-0266