Bird Watching (UK) - - Go Birding - BER­TRAM BREE

Tre­serve on the Orne Es­tu­ary in Lower Nor­mandy is only a short ferry trip from the UK, with ports at Caen, and Ouistre­ham, and access also via Cher­bourg and Le Havre. Also nearby are the Dives es­tu­ary and the St Sam­son ‘no-hunt­ing hunters’ bird re­serve’, which boast up to 150 pairs of Red-backed Shrikes, and the oc­ca­sional pair of breed­ing Great Grey Shrikes. Walks from Troarn Tourist Of­fice, and St Sam­son wild­fowl re­serve with hide, al­low views of breed­ing White Storks, plus up to 1,000 Pin­tail in win­ter, and up to 50 Gar­ganey in spring, But back to Du Gros Banc it­self. It has breed­ing Zit­ting Cis­ti­cola, Bluethroat, Savi’s War­bler, Marsh War­bler, and Golden Ori­oles nest­ing in the po­plars near Mere­ville-franceville bird hide (one of five such hides), all open free through­out the year. The re­serve cen­tre at Sal­lenelles Mai­son de la Baie costs just a cou­ple of Eu­ros to visit, with reg­u­lar ex­hi­bi­tions through­out the year which are worth see­ing, as well as good books on sale, and war­dens to ask for the lat­est bird news. Groupe Or­nithologique Normand have a web­site at with fur­ther de­tails on Nor­mandy’s bird­ing scene

Golden Ori­ole Bluethroat

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