La Basse Cour B&B: Chambres d'hotes Normandie - Alençon

Normandie B & B

Oiseaux du Jardin

Oiseaux repérés dans le Jardin de "La Basse Cour"

Garden Birds of Normandy and Pays de la Loire

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Feathered Visitors to la Basse Cour

Name in French
(name in English)
Latin name
Size
Season

Frequency of sighting
*** frequent
** occasional
* rare

1.    Roitelet huppé

(Goldcrest)

Regulus regulus

9cm

Jan-Dec

*

bird

Play goldcrest call

2.    Troglodyte mignon

(Wren)

10cm

Jan-Dec

***

bird

Play wren call

3.   Pouillot véloce

(Chiffchaff)

Phylloscopus collybita

11cm

Spring-summer

**

bird

bird

4.   Pouillot fitis

(Willow Warbler)

Phylloscopus trochilus

11cm

Mar-Nov

**

bird

Play willow warbler call

5.   Mésange Bleue

(Blue tit)

Parus caeruleus

12cm

Jan-Dec

***

bird

Play blue tit call

6.   Mésange Noire

(Coal tit)

Parus ater

12cm

Jan-Dec

*

bird

Play coal tit call

7.    Mésange Nonnette

(Marsh tit)

Parus palustris

12cm

Jan-Dec

*

bird

8.    Tarin des aulnes

(Siskin)

Carduelis spinus

12cm

Jan-Dec

***

bird

Play siskin call

9.    Grimpereau des jardins

(Short-toed Treecreeper)

Certhia brachydactyla

12cm

Jan-Dec

*

bird

10.    Chardonneret

(Goldfinch)

Carduelis carduelis

13cm

Jan-Dec

***

bird

Play goldfinch call

11.    Mésange à longue queue

(Long-tailed Tit)

Aegithalos caudatus

14cm

Jan-Dec

**

bird

Play long-tailed tit call

12.    Accenteur mouchet

(Dunnock)

Prunella modularis

14cm

Jan-Dec

***

bird

Play dunnock call

13.    Rouge-gorge

(Robin)

Erithacus rubecula

14cm

Jan-Dec

***

bird

Play robin call

14.    Rouge-queue noir

(Black redstart)

Phoenicurus ochrurus

14cm

Mar-Oct

***

bird

15.    Rouge-queue à front blanc

(Redstart)

Phoenicurus phoenicurus

14cm

Apr-Oct

*

redstart

16.    Fauvette à tête noire

(Blackcap)

Sylvia atricapilla

14cm

Apr-Oct

*

bird

17.    Mésange Charbonnière

(Great Tit)

Parus major

14cm

Jan-Dec

***

bird

Play great tit call

18.    Bruant des Roseaux

(Reed Bunting)

Emberiza schoeniclus

15cm

Jan-Dec

***

bird

bird

19.    Moineau Domestique

(House Sparrow)

Passer domesticus

15cm

Jan-Dec

***

bird

bird

20.    Verdier

(Greenfinch)

Carduelis chloris

15cm

Jan-Dec

***

bird

Play greenfinch call

21.    Pinson des Arbres

(Chaffinch)

Fringilla coelebs

15cm

Jan-Dec

***

bird

bird

Play chaffinch call

22.    Pinson du Nord

(Brambling)

Fringilla montifringilla

15cm

Jan-Dec

*

bird

bird

Play brambling call

23.    Gobe-mouche gris

(Spotted Flycatcher)

Muscicapa striata

15cm

Apr-Sep

*

bird

bird


Play Flycatcher call

24.    Martinet noir

(Swift)

Apus apus

16cm

May-Aug

***

bird

bird

Play swift call

25.    Hirondelle de fenêtre

(House Martin)

Delichon urbicum

15cm

Mar-Aug

***

bird

26.    Bouvreuil pivoine

(Bullfinch)

Pyyrhula pyrrhula

16cm

Jan-Dec

*

bird

27.    Martin-pêcheur

(Kingfisher)

Alcedo atthis

17cm

Jan-Dec

***

bird

28.    Bergeronnette Grise

(White Wagtail)

Motacilla alba

18cm

Mar-Nov

***

bird

Not the same as the pied wagtail, which has black back

29.    Bergeronnette des ruisseaux

(Grey Wagtail)

Motacilla cinerea

18cm

Jan-Dec

**

bird

30.    Gros-bec casse-noyaux

(Hawfinch)

Coccothraustes coccothraustes

18cm

Jan-Dec

*

bird

31.    Hirondelle rustique

(Barn Swallow)

Hirundo rustica

19cm

Mar-Oct

***

bird

bird

Play swallow call

32.    Chevalier guignette

(Common Sandpiper)

Actitis hypoleucos

20cm

Jun-Aug

 

*

bird

Only rarely, passing through

33.    Etorneau sansonnet

(Starling)

Sturnus vulgaris

22cm

Jan-Dec

***

bird

34.    Pic épeiche

(Greater Spotted Woodpecker)

Dendrocopus major

23cm

Jan-Dec

**

bird

Play greater spotted woodpecker call

35.    Grive musicienne

(Song Thrush)

Turdus philomelos

23cm

Mar-Oct

*

bird

Slightly smaller than a blackbird

Play song thrush call

36.    Merle Noir

(Blackbird)

Turdus merula

25cm

Jan-Dec

***

bird

bird

Play blackbird call

37.    Grive draine

(Mistle thrush)

Turdus viscicorus

27cm

Jan-Dec

***

bird

Slightly larger than a blackbird

Play mistle thrush call

38.    Grèbe castagneux

(Little grebe)

Tachybaptus ruficollis

25-30cm

Mar-Sept

***

bird

Breeding since 2010

39.    Pic Vert/Pivert

(Green Woodpecker)

Picus viridis

32cm

Jan-Dec

***

bird

Often seen picking for ants in the lawn

40.    Chouette hulotte

(Tawny Owl)

Strix aluco

38cm

Jan-Dec

***

bird

Play tawny owl call

41.    Tourterelle turque

(Collared Dove)

Streptopelia decaocto

32cm

Jan-Dec

***

bird

Play collared dove call

42.    Pigeon biset

(Feral Town Pigeon)

Columba livia f. domestica

33cm

Jan-Dec

**

bird

43.    Coucou

(Cuckoo)

Cuculus canorus

33cm

Mar-Oct

**

bird

Frequently heard in spring and summer, harder to see!

44.    Geai des chênes

(Jay)

Garrulus glandularius

34cm

Jan-Dec

**

bird

45.    Poule d'eau

(Moorhen)

Gallinula chloropus

35cm

Jan-Dec

***

bird

46.    Epervier d'Europe

(Sparrowhawk)

Accipiter nisus

30-35cm

Jan-Dec

*

bird

Occasionally perches in apple tree or on barn

47.    Pigeon Ramier

(Wood pigeon)

Columba palustris

40cm

Jan-Dec

***

bird

Play wood pigeon call

48.    Pie Bavarde

(Magpie)

Pica pica

45cm

Jan-Dec

***

bird

49.    Corbeau Freux

(Rook)

Corvus frugilegus

47cm

Jan-Dec

*

bird

50.    Corneille Noire

(Carrion Crow)

Corvus corone

47cm

Jan-Dec

***

bird

51.    Faisan de Colchide

(Pheasant)

Phasianus colchicus

80cm

Jan-Dec

*

bird

bird

52.    Colvert

(Mallard)

Anas platyrhynchos

55-60cm

Jan-Dec, breeding since 2009

***

bird

bird

53.    Buse variable

(Buzzard)

Buteo buteo

55cm

Jan-Dec

***

bird

Often seen in flight or perching on fences

54.    Héron Pourpré

(Purple Heron)

Ardea purpurea

80-90cm

Jun - Sept

*

bird

bird

55.    Grande Aigrette;

(Great White Egret)

Ardea alba

80-100cm

Summer

*

egret

egret

56.    Héron Cendré

(Grey Heron)

Ardea cinerea

90-100cm

Jan-Dec

***

bird

bird