RHÔNE-ALPS (Lyon), ()

00o00´/00o00´ N/A ha m, mainly Mediterranean alpine habitat 
May (5th-6th May 2007)


Birding Site Guide

This site was visited principally for one species Rock Partridge, which while scarce is not too hard to find here. From the town of Burgh dé Oisans we headed to the hills of St. Christophe and birded up into the mountains. 

The site for the Partridge was at St. Christophe in the Massif Des Encrins, south-east of Grenoble off the N91. We stayed in the small town of Burgh dé Oisans, the turn-off for St. Christophe lies on the south side off the N91, 5km s.east of Burgh dé Oisans, it is then 14km along this road to St. Christophe. Hotel was around 80 francs and there was a range of places to stay. 
We had Snow Finch at the ski-lift in L'Alpe-d Huez, 15km north-east of Burgh dé Oisans. 

Birds seen

  • Black Kite Milvus migrans
  • Short-toed Eagle Circaetus gallicus
  • Eurasian Buzzard Buteo buteo
  • Black Grouse Tetrao tetrix
  • Rock Partridge Alectoris graeca
  • Eurasian Crag-Martin Ptyonoprogne rupestris
  • Water Pipit Anthus spinoletta
  • Alpine Accentor Prunella collaris
  • Blue Rock-Thrush Monticola solitarius
  • Black Redstart Phoenicurus ochruros
  • Whinchat Saxicola rubetra
  • Northern Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe
  • Yellow-billed Chough Pyrrhocorax graculus
  • Common Raven Corvus corax
  • White-winged Snowfinch Montifringilla nivalis male at L àlpe d´Huez at 2100m
  • Rock Bunting Emberiza cia

Author: Andy Marshall