To: Carl Clifford <>,
Subject: Facebook
From: Alan McBride <>
Date: Wed, 21 Mar 2018 12:04:37 +0100
Hi Carl,

Catalonia is the closest area to me to bird in and as you may recall Narbonne 
is the northernmost tip of it :-)  Aiguamolls de l'Empordà, is a superb wetland 
just over the border near Roses. Far outshines the Camargue! It’s about 90 mins 
from me so not much different to getting to Windsor area from northern beaches 
of Sydney! It’s got it’s own page here 

Yes I’ve been through Puivert a few times, I sometimes go up to Axat in Spring 
looking for butterflies and whatever else is around with feathers. I’ll look 
out for the restaurant. I’m in Roubia which is on the Canal du Midi, 6km north 
of Lezignan-Corbieres and 18km west of Narbonne. Very handy for the coast at 
Gruissan which is one of the migration hotspots of Europe.

My renovation work was small though if anyone wants to crowdfund me to about € 
30,000 I can finish it off ;-) 

Spring migration is starting as we speak and I’m waiting impatiently for my 
three families of Swift to return home to my eaves. Hoopoes are back around the 
village too.



On 21 Mar 2018, at 11:41, Carl Clifford <> wrote:

We have Catalan Seperatism in bird listing? Viva Catalonia Libre!
What part of France have you settled in Alan? I spent about 5 years living part 
time in a village called Puivert, in the Aude. It is about 50Km SSW of 
Carcassone, just up the hill from Quillan, on the D117. It is a choice part of 
the world. Hope you are enjoying yourself. There are some fine meals to be had 
around there. If you are ever up on the Plateau de Saul, in Espezel. And are 
feeling like a grand lunch, look for Chez Petit Louis AKA Relais du Plateau de 
 A massive meal of simple country fare, with free flow Corbiere plonk plus 
local Muscat as an aperitif. Quite reasonably priced as well. Hope you are 
enjoying life over there, unless you are renovating an old house, in which 
case, my commiserations, been there done that. I have pretty much recovered now.



On Wednesday, March 21, 2018, Alan McBride < 
<>> wrote:
Over here in France and Spain birds are reported as per the links below, they 
also cover everything else that moves (!)

The system seems to work very well and from what I understand can also link to 
eBird? Your search can include everything, less frequent, rarities, etc., for 
all groups and covers all regions. I put the Spanish one first as they offer 
English while the Frenh one simultaneously improves your French and Latin :-) 
It’s free and photos and sound bites can be added easily.

The Spanish one I have set to cover Catalonia and the French one covers my 
department and adjacent two departments. (11, 34 & 66). All regions have these. <> 
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