more than two million birds counted at Pointe du Cap Ferret

And this autumn 2022 would be record: “The bar of two million birds counted has been crossed. This is historic and a new record for the site! The site of Cap Ferret regains its letters of nobility and enters the essential counting stations for the autumn migration. »

A Sacred Ibis

So what did the observers see in the sky? A large majority of chaffinches, 1,779,333 on October 31, including 238,079 on October 25 alone! The LPO scrupulously noted the passages: “a pretty ballet offered by the siskins of the alders on October 27 with 3,827 individuals over the morning. The nice surprise of the week, these two rushes of speckled accentors in active migration on October 25 and 26 with respectively 102 and 378 specimens, to the greatest surprise of the ecovolunteers! »

And the raptors? They saw kestrels, merlins, squires and peregrines, but also nine pale harriers. A short-eared owl even flew over the dune on October 26, without crossing the Basin.

And then there were rarities: “On October 25, a first-year sabine gull was resting on the beach detected in a large roost of gulls. On October 26, a bird in fluttering flight challenges us. But yes, it was indeed a tichodrome échelette! Observers understand their chance to see this bird with mountain habits above the Cape dune. On October 28, Juliette, ecovolunteer, announces a strange bird on the beach. It was a sacred ibis, a superb given for the station, and a new species for the season. Amazing, isn’t it?

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