Just back from a little trip to France, the primary focus to see the Tour de France and also to do some cycling in the Vosges mountains – both of which were fantastic.  Of course a birder never travels without optics, so I was able to notch up a few birds here and there.  Most impressive were the White Storks in the Alsace region to the east of the Vosges.  A reintroduction programme seems to be having much success, with birds fairly widespread in the Munster Valley and all points east.  Honey Buzzards were also much in evidence in the Vosges, as were Black Kites on the way down.  Back to Pembrokeshire, autumn migration is well underway with waders across a variety of species on the move (check out some recent posts on Pembrokeshire Birds http://pembsbirds.blogspot.co.uk/) and also passerines (for example see Skokholm Blog http://skokholm.blogspot.co.uk/). I love autumn…so looking forward to what’s in store, especially the trip to Skomer in September – a few places left if you would like to join us!).  Details HERE.