Ideal time to watch migrating birds in France

Greylag geese in flight

October is an ideal month for birdwatching as many migratory species choose now to fly over France.

Events are organised by the Ligue pour la Protection des Oiseaux (LPO) as part of the continent-wide Euro Birdwatch on October 5 and 6.

They include birdwatching expeditions, conferences and exhibitions. Find ones near you on eurobirdwatch.lpo.fr.

The most common birds seen in France are greylag geese, which migrate in October, as well as swallows, house martins and pied avocets, which started heading south in September.

Chaffinches and blackbirds can be seen all year round in parts of the country.

The common crane migrates in a 200km-wide corridor which crosses the country on a diagonal path from north east to south west and, for many people, their sighting is a sure sign that winter is on the way.

Common cranes
Pied Avocets
Greylag geese

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