[Tweeters] RFI: birding in France & N. Italy

Mark Egger m.egger at comcast.net
Wed Apr 18 17:00:21 PDT 2007

I know this is way off-topic and would be better addressed to a
European bird list-serve, but I highly value the opinions of my
fellow Tweets, so here goes. My family and I will be visiting France
(mostly the NW coast in E. Brittany, the Dordogne region, and
Provence (including the Alps) and N Italy (Tuscany, Umbria, and a bit
of Venice). We will be there from late June through most of July,
travelling in the order listed above. While I've birded fairly
extensively in North and South America, this will be my first trip
out of the New World! Can't wait for my life Stock Dove! :-)

I am interested to hear from anyone who has travelled in these
regions at that time of year and can suggest some awesome places to
maximize numbers of species within a relatively few locations
(neither my wife nor daughter are terribly into birding -- one too
many sewage lagoons, I fear). I have already discovered the Camargue
area in Provence, which seems to be the Malheur NWR of France, and
the Maremma region in Italy, but I'd still love to hear other's
thoughts, recommendations, strategies, etc. Please reply directly to
me, unless you think such info would be of interest to the group.
Speaking of field guides, I took Dennis Paulsen's advice & picked up
the recent "Birds of Europe" by Mullarney et al. -- which has VERY
nice plates (I keep staring at the beautifully executed Sylvidae
pages) and has a lot of information packed into a fairly small size.
Any recommendations for a supplementary guide and/or a good source of
voice recordings? I do so much of my birding by voice here, and I'd
like to study up aurally on the European species, so I'm not
completely overwhelmed.

Thanks much in advance,

Mark Egger
Seattle, WA
mailto:m.egger at comcast.net

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