I’m heading to France and Germany shortly to visit family and friends for several weeks. In France, we’ll be staying about an hour south of Paris, near the forest of Fontainebleau, and in Germany we’ll be staying between Osnabrueck and Bremen.
I’ve traveled to parts of Canada, the US, and the Caribbean, but never to Europe. I’m looking forward to seeing the beautiful countryside and to seeing European birds, including the European Robin, Great Tit, Coal Tit, Blue Tit, Crested Tit, European Nuthatch, European Magpie, European Jay, Chaffinch, Brambling, European Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Bullfinch, and Hawfinch.
If you’ve been reading here, you probably know that one of the more frequent commenters is Jochen from Bell Tower Birding. Last month I got in touch with him to see if we might be able to meet (unfortunately not because the distance is too far), and he’s sent me maps of the area I’ll be in and helped me with finding my target species.
I’m bringing my copy of Birds of Europe (2nd edition) and also the Collins Bird Guide app for my iPad.
I’m not sure what my internet situation will be on my trip, since our hosts are older and don’t have internet at home, but I’ll try to post a few photos while I’m away. And if I can’t post during my trip, I’ll have a full trip report when I get home.
Wishing you a Wonderful Trip, Charlotte and many Beautiful Birds!!
Sincerely, Lorraine Oakes :))) Blackfalds, Alberta
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Thank you, Lorraine.
Have a great trip! I hope you see all your target species!
I hope so too!
Wow! That’s great! I hope you see a lot more than your target species!
Thanks, Josiah :)
Have a wonderful and safe trip. I hope you see lots of new birds, can’t wait to see them via your blog!
Thanks, Sheila, and I can’t wait to share my photos with you!
Excellent! I’ve made excursions to both countries, but each was before I turned birder. I hope you see all of the species I missed out on, and lots more! Safe and happy travels
Have a fantastic time! I used Birds of Europe when I was in Croatia in 2012. It’s wonderful. I read it on the flightover in preparation.
Thanks so much, Kathleen. How many species did you see in Croatia?
Enjoy your time “over here”! Wishing you a great New Year and a lot of lifers!
Thanks, Natalie, and happy new year to you too!
Have a great trip!