Lake Der in July-August

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In most birdwatchers’ mind, lake Der is associated with huge flocks of Common Cranes leaving lake Der early in the morning in October and inNovember or with Bewick’s and mute Swans or a White-tailed Eagle in winter. But lake Der area is also probably one of the best birding spots in France and even in Europe throughout the year and, thanks to the variety of landscapes we have in a small area (the lake itself, marshes and reedbeds, pastures and hedges, old oak forests…) you can expect to see  quite a lof of « nice » species even on a hot summer  day. We usually see between 40 and 50 species of birds on a half-day trip  and sometimes more than70 or 80 species on a whole-day trip.

Nesting birds here include Greylag Goose, Purple Heron, Little, Great and Cattle Egrets, Black-crowned Night-heron, Marsh, Hen and Montagu’s Harriers, Black Kite, Eurasian Honey-buzzard, Eurasian Hobby, Yellow-legged and Mediterranean Gulls, Common Tern, Eurasian Turtle Dove, Black, Middle  and Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers, Golden Oriole, Red-backed and and even Woodchat Skrikes, Bluethroat, Savi’s Warbler and Greater Reed-warbler, Common and Black Redstarts and many more species.  The « events » this year are the second breeding od Whiskered Terns (at least 3 pairs) and the first long awaited breeding of a pair of White-tailed Eagles!

As lake Der is an artificial lake intended to regulate the course of the river Seine, its level goes down by some 5 cm a day in summer and, in August, it becomes an important stopover for migratory birds including lots of waders  but also Black Storks and Ospreys and some more irregular visitors such as a Short-toed Snake-eagle, a Caspian Tern or a Eurasian Spoonbill.

As you see, lake Der is worth a visit in summer.

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