Within easy reach of Paris, the lakes of the Forêt d’Orient regional park may not be as well known as their sister lake, the “Lac du Der”, but they too offer interesting bird species throughout the year. Like the Lac du Der, Cranes occur in large numbers during the winter months with the largest numbers during migration in November and February. Black Stork occur in good numbers in September. The area is also well known for wintering White-tailed Eagle that is now breeding in the area. Many species rarer or even absent further north breed here and can be quite easy to find with a little looking: Black and Middle Spotted Woodpeckers, Melodious Warbler, Red-backed Shrike… to name just a few. Rarer species may need a little more effort but may provide sightings of species such as Red-necked Grebe (the only breeding site in France), Grey-headed Woodpecker and more….
Take a train to Troyes via Lille or Paris and rent a bicycle in Troyes (Halle aux vélos)
Géraudot or Dienville for a #lowcarbonbirding trip to the Forêt d’Orient.
The Troyes to Dienville cycle route passes by a number of good birdwatching spots.