Birds

Little Egret
(early April to late October)
Black Kite
(early March to late August)
Aigrette garzetteMilan noir
The cousin of the Grey Heron, the little egret is a small white heron with a long plume on its head, and "orange socks".

The black kite is one of the first migrator in spring and the first bird to fly back to Africa in August, migrating in groups of several dozen individuals.

 


Eurasian Curlew
(early September to late April)
Common Snipe
(early August to mid-March)
Courlis cendréBécassine des marais
The Eurasian curlew sings its name. He also migrates to southern Europe and northern Africa. His curved beak enables him to dig for earthworms.The common snipe seems to be spring loaded, as he is constantly active, probing the mud with his beak.

Northern Shoveler
(late July to mid-April)
Mallard Duck
(all year round)
canard souchetcanard colvert
Easily recognized by his enormous beak which serves to filter water. In winter, he swims in circles to prevent water from freezing.The mallard is present throughout the year, but its numbers increase in winter as northern European flocks spend the season here.

Gadwell
(all year round)
Red-crested Pochard
(all year round)
Canard chipeauNette rousse
The gadwell is the most discreet duck but also the most elegant.The Forez is one of the strongholds of the red-crested pochard. After mating-season, the males gather in large numbers.

Great Crested Grebe
(all year round)
Great Cormorant
(mid-October to late March)
Grèbe huppéGrand cormoran
In April-May, you can watch the great crested grebes elaborate mating display: gift exchanges, synchronised dancing, construction of their floating nest...
Great cormorants do not have waterproof feathers and you can see them drying their wings after diving. They come here for the winter and as soon as February, they migrate again to northern Europe.

Black Headed Gull
(early August to late March)
Grey Heron
(all year round)
Mouette rieuseHéron cendré
The black headed gull wears a chocolate brown cap in the spring. It reproduces from time to time at the Ecopole.He is able to stay still for very long periods, waiting to harpoon his preys: frogs, fish, small mammals. Colonies nest in trees.

Kingfisher
(all year round)
Common Coot
(all year round)
Martin pêcheurFoulque macroule
A sedentary bird, the kingfisher sometimes pays a heavy price over winter. He usually digs his nest in cliffs or banks.
The common coots (black body, white beak), warn other coots in the pond. They gather in thousands individuals.

Lapwing
all year round)
Vanneau huppé
An elegant bird with his blue reflective coat, the lapwing can also be recognized by his acrobatic flight. Unlike other birds, he quits the nest as soon as he hatches.