Tuesday, 4 September 2018

St Omer

St Omer, Pas-de-Calais - mild, overcast, occasional drizzle, N 2 - Spent the day with CP in France birding the area to the east of St Omer. After dropping the ladies off in town we headed to the forest where it was predictably much quieter than in spring. A wide range of woodland birds were noted including two woodpeckers, plenty of Nuthatches, Jays, Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps and a Short-toed Treecreeper. We concentrated on a flooded valley with old and decaying timber and muddy margins where Teal, Green Sandpiper, Kingfisher, Great White Egret and a juvenile Peregrine were the highlights.

                                Juvenile Peregrine

                                Flooded forest valley, Clairmarais

  The afternoon was spent at the Romeleare reserve where we noted a few more warblers amongst the tit flocks, plus Water Rails, Marsh Harriers, Kestrel and a Swift within a host of hirundines feeding over the main lake. A steady days birding and many thanks to Chris for driving.

                                 Romeleare reserve entrance

                                Grey Heron

                                New signage showing what can be seen at Romeleare

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