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Birds in la Creuse

by TournesolKate » Fri 12 Dec 2008 13:13

I have recently put some bird feeders in the garden and have been making a list of the all birds I've seen. I've also tried to find out their names in French.

Here is a list of all I've seen so far, I would be interested if anybody has seen any others and could tell me their French names as well.

BLUE TIT ~ MÉSANGE BLEUE
WILLOW TIT ~ MÉSANGE BORÉALE
GREAT TIT ~ MÉSANGE CHARBONNIÈRE
HOUSE SPARROW ~ MOINEAU DOMESTIQUE
ROBIN ~ ROUGEGORGE
BLACKBIRD ~ MERLE NOIR
JAY ~ GEAI DES CHÊNES
EURASIAN NUTHATCH ~ SITELLE TORCHEPOT
GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER ~ PIC ÉPEICHE
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Re: Les Oiseaux dans la Creuse

by Lynn » Sat 13 Dec 2008 12:35

Hi Kate
We have seen these in or from our garden!
Marsh Tit- Parus palustris- Mésange nonnette, We debated for ages whether they were willow tits or marsh tits but eventually decided they were the less-common marsh tits!
Bullfinch -Pyrrhula pyrrhula- Bouvreuil pivoine
Cirl Bunting -Emberiza cirlus -Bruant zizi
Brambling -Fringilla montifringilla- Pinson du Nord
Yellowhammer- Emberiza citrinella -Bruant jaune
Green Woodpecker- Picus viridis- Pic vert
Blackcap -Sylvia atricapilla -Fauvette à tête noire
Long-tailed Tit- Aegithalos caudatus -Mésange à longue queue
Wren -Troglodytes troglodytes- Troglodyte mignon
Hoopoe -Upupa epops -Huppe fasciée
Black Redstart -Phoenicurus ochruros -Rougequeue noir
Goldfinch -Carduelis carduelis -Chardonneret élégant
Common Buzzard -Buteo buteo -Buse variable
Common Treecreeper -Certhia familiaris -Grimpereau des bois
Red Kite- Milvus milvus -Milan royal
Black Kite -Milvus migrans -Milan noir
Pied Wagtail -Motacilla alba yarrellii -Bergeronnette de Yarrell
Chiffchaff, Sparrowhawk, Swallow -not sure of the French names

and our most exciting birds so far were some Red-backed Shrike -Lanius collurio -Pie-grièche écorcheur
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That's a useful site, Brian, thanks.
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Re: Les Oiseaux dans la Creuse

by ayerzee » Mon 15 Dec 2008 08:08

brilliant web site recomendation by smilespwp. someone else must have seen the nightingales, if not you must have heard them!!!!
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Re: Les Oiseaux dans la Creuse

by lestroisours » Mon 15 Dec 2008 10:34

Here's one I made earlier - 318 species of Limousin birds,
in a zip folder in excel format. Translations included French, English & Latin.
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“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” ~ Charles Darwin
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Re: Les Oiseaux dans la Creuse

by TournesolKate » Wed 17 Dec 2008 18:12

Hi Everyone,

Smiles, thanks for that, I've already found that website and used it for most of my translations, the only one I couldn't see on there was eurasian nuthatch, perhaps I missed it.

Lynn, that's a fab list you've got there, I've only had my birdfeeder up for about three weeks, so looking forward to seeing some more in the future.

Lestroisours, that's brilliant, thanks!

Kate. :D
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Re: Les Oiseaux dans la Creuse

by TournesolKate » Wed 17 Dec 2008 18:19

Lynn,

I just looked up Marsh Tit and now I'm not sure whether the Willow Tits in my garden are actually Marsh Tits!?

I had a look on the RSPB website and the difference is, the willow has a small whitish stripe on it's wing, where the marsh tit does not.

I'll keep a look out and let you know.

Without your post, I would never have questioned it!
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Re: Les Oiseaux dans la Creuse

by Lynn » Wed 17 Dec 2008 20:24

Hi Kate
The marsh tit is supposed to have a smaller bib than the willow tit too but sometimes it has a bigger one and the willow tit has a smaller one, so it's anybody's guess...we just chose the marsh tit with it being commoner!!!
I am very amused to see that the word 'tit' has been censored from our posts. LOL
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Re: Les Oiseaux dans la Creuse

by Ann-et-Steve » Fri 19 Dec 2008 16:40

Hi Lynn,

Just to help with, or confuse more, with the identification of Marsh Tit/Willow Tit, may I add the following:-

Marsh Tit:- has the GLOSSY black crown, smaller black bib, uniform coloured wings and square ended tail.

Willow Tit:- has the DULL/SOOTY black crown, larger black bib, whitish edges to some of the wing feathers and a round ended tail.

From a distance they are very difficult to distinguish and often the call notes are the only way to do so.

For you ornithologists out there, an excellent book to identification is the handbook - Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Britain and Europe. It also gives the names in French as well!

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Re: Les Oiseaux dans la Creuse

by Lynn » Fri 19 Dec 2008 21:08

Thanks, Steve, yes I knew that but unless you see them side by side, it's blinking difficult to tell and even the call is hard, ours make a very strange sound!!

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Re: Les Oiseaux dans la Creuse

by smilespwp » Sat 20 Dec 2008 11:46

Lynn

Two links to the RSPB bird identification site which includes samples of bird calls:

Willow Tit

Marsh Tit

Hope these might help with your identifying, unless French species have a different accent/language.
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Re: Les Oiseaux dans la Creuse

by TournesolKate » Sat 07 Feb 2009 13:09

Another addition to the garden today, two male BULLFINCHES ~ BOUVREUIL PIVOINE.
They're lovely to see, according to the RSPB website, they're rare in England, so it's nice to see them here in La Creuse.
But, they're eating all the new buds off the trees!
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Re: Les Oiseaux dans la Creuse

by dissid32 » Sat 07 Feb 2009 21:14

I have a black, white and red woodpecker (great spotted ?) who has been coming to peck at the fat-balls I hung up. Does anyone know if this is normal behavior for this bird? Or is this one a one-off?
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Re: Les Oiseaux dans la Creuse

by TournesolKate » Sun 08 Feb 2009 12:51

Hi Patrick
Yes, it's probably a great spotted, I've got two, a male and a female.
The male has a red spot on the back of his head, while the females head is just black and white.
I've hung up fat-balls as well and they both come to them every day.
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