Birding France: Provence and the Camargue and New Corsica | March 26, 2019

Common and Black Red Starts are found in this area.

The impressive hill town of Gordes

Please view Carol Blackard Travel Blog from the 2018 field trip.
Please note the Blog is in two parts.
Part I: 2018 Southern France
Part II: 2018 Southern France – Mostly Culture

YBT – Client Testimonial France 2017 field trip results:

YBT – Client France testimonial 2017.JS.9.7.17 field trip results:

YBT – 2018 Testimonial France

YBT – Provence and Corse France species list. 5.25.18

YBT – Client testimonial France

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 our own comfortable  vehicle allowing for great flexibility in where we go to seek out all the special birds of this fine region.

     2019 Birding Provence – Corse France starts in early spring Late March – early April per your schedule

– Small group limited to six attendees –

France 2019 registration is now open

Northern Wheatear

Northern Wheatear

We begin our European birding adventure traveling to southern France via train from the DeGaulle Airport. We will stay in the historic fortified Roman City of Arles.

French RobinYBT – Provence and Corse France species list. 5.25.18

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 at 2pm. Most US flights arrive at 11am, giving us enough time for the connection. We stop in Avignon to pick up our van and drive to Arles.

Days 2/3/4:  We begin our birding the lowland marshes, rich wetlands by traveling back roads flavoring the farms and edge rows. Then on to the coastal marshes of the Camargue National Nature Reserve in the heart of the vast Rhone River delta. The Camargue Delta is an important wetland in Europe. It is 370 sq. Miles in size. 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, Gull-billed Tern, Greater Flamingo, Stork, Common Green Shank, Wood Sandpiper, Spotted Redshank, Ruff, European Roller, European Bee-eater, Blue Rock Thrush, Alpine Swift, Eurasian Craig-Martin, Eurasian Marsh Harrier, Eurasian Hobby, Black Redstart, Red Redstart, Lapwing, Hoopoe, Green Woodpecker and Great spotted Woodpecker and Cetti’s Warbler, to name just a few.  (See attached PDF for a list of birds seen in 2018 field trip.)

Day 5:  After breakfast we will travel to the Marseilles airport for our flight to Bastia, Corse. We will arrive by late afternoon, check in to our hotel, walk to dinner and discuss the birding plan for the next thee days. Flight to Corsica is not covered in trip fee. YBT will have a flight plan and you can purchase tickets for that plan.

Day 6 : After breakfast we will bird the Lagoons south of Bastia, and later in the morning we’ll bird the coast line of the Tyrrhenian Sea (the eastern coast line). Our destination is Cap Corse. This area has a brush/scrub forest habitat and a lovely village.  We will bird this area and have lunch here. Later we will sample the western coastal area which is the Mediterranean Sea. This area may remind you of California Big Sur Coast line. Birds which we may see are Red Kite, Black Kite, Peregrine Falcon, Common Sandpiper, Mediterranean Gull, Audouin’s Gull, Sand Martin,Crag Martin, Tawny and Meadow Pipit’s, Stone Chat, Wind Chat, Northern Wheatear and Yellow Wagtail.

Day 7: We move our lodging to the interior of Corsica, with mountains up to 8.877 ft.  Our lodging is in a family-owned Hotel at the base of Monte Cinto. Here we will walk and bird our way along a well marked road on the northeast side of Monte Tavignano. Birds we will chase will require a walk to tree line; we will search for Corsican Nuthatch and Corsican Finch. Other species to study for are: Spotless Flycatcher, EurasianHoopoe and Red-back Shrike.

Day 8: After breakfast we will depart for the Gorges de la Restonica. This area is pure Alpine habitat and similar to Colorado.  Birding here is on on foot on well-marked trails. We will look for the White-fronted Dipper along the river. We will gain some elevation, so will go slowly. Our lunch will in the city of Corte.

Day 9: We return to the Corse airport in Bastia for our return flight. Here you have the option of traveling back to Paris or extending your trip in southern France exploring other areas on your own.

Included are your lodging plus breakfast, transportation during the field trip, and entrance fees. Not included are airfare, and meals other than breakfast.

A minimum of 5 participants are needed for the trip to go.

YBT – Testimonial France 2017

YBT – 2018 Testimonial France

YBT- 2019 Provence-France and Corsica (Corse)- Registration rev.1 8.19.19 

Questions ?? call Rich Cimino 925-353-0266

 

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