Birding France: Provence and the Camargue | May 1, 2018

Common and Black Red Starts are found in this area.

The impressive hill town of Gordes

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Hooded Crow

Hooded Crow

Found on the Le Crau plain

Lesser Kestrel Found on the Le Crau plain

Slender-bill Gull

Slender-bill Gull

whitethroat

                                                            Whitethroat Warbler

 

Green Back Woodpecker

Eurasian Green Woodpecker

 

Some of the bird species found in the Stepps habitat are the Crested Lark,Northern Wheatear, Tawny Pipit, Carrion Crow and the Little Bustard.

Le Crau Steppe Habitat along the Mediterranean Sea

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.

     2018 Birding France starts with arrival on May 1st., ends in morning of May 8th, 2018

Small group limited to six attendees –

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Northern Wheatear

Northern Wheatear

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.

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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 provide easy, safe, and excellent birding – in scenic historical settings. Our tentative itinerary is as follows.

Day 1 | We travel to Arles on the TGV train from the Charles de Gaulle airport.  The train leaves around 2pm, and most US flights arrive at 11am giving us enough time for the connection.  We stop in Avignon to pick up our van and drive a short distance to Arles.

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 & 7: After breakfast in Arles, we will depart for Avignon another famously scenic walled city. This is a relaxed drive using slower roads making stops along the way, seeking small villages for birding and enjoying the landscape. We arrive in Avignon in time for our B&B room check in. Our lodging is off the secluded “old-town” near many restaurants with charming outdoor settings.  We can enjoy people watching, wine and dinner.   Depending on weather conditions we may travel north to the Maritime Alps and drive up Mt. Ventoux (more van birding w/some walking) or visit the ancient Roman Aqueduct Pont du Gard (more walking). Both locations offer good birding. Mt. Ventoux has a high altitude alpine coniferous forest with passerine species such as Alpine Accentor, Wood Lark, Serin, Citril Finch, Black Woodpecker, Snowfinch and raptors including the Booted and Bonelli’s Eagles and Short-toed Snake Eagle. Pond du Gard has Gull species, Partridge, Green Woodpecker, possible Black Woodpecker, Martins and Swallows, Common Buzzard, Reed Warbler, White Wagtail, forest species, Long-tail Tits + other Tit species, Green Finches, Siskins, Waxwings and others.

Day 8: After breakfast we will depart Avignon.  Here you have the option of traveling on to other locations via the TGV rail system or of staying in Avignon.  If you choose to stay in Avignon you will be responsible for your train fee to wherever you choose to visit or for your later return to Paris.

In Avignon there will be birding opportunities along the nearby Rhone river, or you may just wish to shop, relax or visit the ancient Romanesque palaces and other sites within the walled town. Your additional stay in Avignon is not included in the trip. We will take you to 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.

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Questions ?? call Rich Cimino 925-353-0266

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