A visit to the bird sanctuary by the Etang du Méjean at Lattes.
We visit the birds at Lattes quite regularly, and this is a chance to see the winter residents and visitors. There will certainly be Storks and Herons, and we should see both Little and Great Egrets, as well as various ducks and geese, and probably Flamingos.
The walk within the reserve is completely flat, and we will cover 5 to 7 km. Bring binoculars (and telescopes?) as there are several good vantage points for observation. These do have bird identification panels, but you might want to bring a bird book as well. The forecast is for moderate temperatures and some sun, but with wind increasing in the afternoon.
Please note that dogs are NOT permitted within the reserve, so this has to be a dog-free walk.
As usual we will meet at 9:50 outside the Luteva Cinema, for departure at 10:00. At Lattes follow the signs to the Maison de la Nature, and park at the designated spot, which is about 600m before the reserve itself. We should start from the car park at about 11:00. As this is a long day, please bring a substantial snack. We should be back in Lodeve by 16:00.
Distance: <7km, flat
Bring: Binoculars, etc, snack. No Dogs!
Update: As well as the expected birds we saw a large (~200 birds) flock of Avocets, Black-winged Stilts and Lapwings, and a single Green Sandpiper. Ducks included Shoveler, Teal and Garganey, and we had sightings of the usual Marsh Harrier patrolling the area.