No doubt increasing numbers breeding in northern France and elsewhere can account for this welcome rise in numbers.
Among a few of the oddities, a Short-toed Lark was a first for the site, a Great Bustard was a bit of a surprise, and more than 2000 Hawfinches so far are a reflection of what seems to be quite a widespread 'invasion' across western Europe this autumn.
27 November 2017 A recent press release from the LPO gives the news that for the first time in many years they have not detected evidence of any significant trapping of Ortolans in Les Landes, in south-west France this autumn.
Assuming that this good news is repeated in future seasons, it marks the successful culmination of an extremely long and sometimes bitter fight against this illegal practice by the LPO and other conservation bodies.
staying at home to avoid the Bank Holiday traffic), I've at last had a chance to read through the two most recent issues of Ornithos.
As usual there is always something of interest here.
26 October 2017 As a follow-up to the on-going saga of the illegal trapping of Ortolans and other small birds (see here), the result of one case against eleven people found guilty of breaking law has recently been confirmed after they appealed against the result and the fines increased slightly.
27 August 2017 With a bit of time on my hands (i.e.
In 2018 I see that they are visiting both the Dordogne area and the Camargue in May.
Funds from the first holiday will support the 'Refuges LPO' network of over 17,000 protected sites across France, many of them private gardens and public parks, while those from the second will go towards enhancing the breeding sites of Lesser Kestrels on La Crau, one of the places participants will be visiting.
It is encouraging to see that the recent trend is upwards.
They are still on the move, of course, over 8000 so far altogether, a new record.
In Number 24-2, the main item is the third update to the 'Nouvel inventaire des oiseaux de France' (NIOF, published in 2008), adding new information about a large range of species, with references to sources given for those who wish to enquire further.