We explain to you why hundreds of thousands of birds have come to stay in the town of Boulleret

They were in the hundreds of thousands, according to estimates. Maybe even a million…

Many birds have recently taken up residence in the fields in the commune of Boulleret. An exceptional crowd.

“It was mainly finches from the north, 90%”, explains Guillaume Nioncel, leader of the environmental protection association Nature 18, also a wildlife photographer, who came on site to see the birds. “Inside this group were also a few chaffinches and European goldfinches. »

“It was difficult to count them as there were so many”

“It’s not something common, assures the naturalist. We had never seen such an influx of birds in the town of Boulleret. It was difficult, if not impossible, to count them as there were so many! We can only make an estimate. »

A notable element: the species of birds in question. The finches of the north do not live under our regions, as their name indicates it. “These are birds that live in northern Europe, in Norway, in Sweden… They go down to spend the winter in the Mediterranean basin, in the Landes… They are often found in the south-west of France. However, they have been spotted in the department before. “We have a few northern finches every year. This year, in particular, it was particularly present in the feeders. However, this is the first time that we have seen such a grouping, not only in Boulleret, but also in the Cher. »

In Boulleret, a collective workshop to build nesting boxes for birds

The precise reasons for this influx of northern finches in the region remain to be precisely defined. Today, they have left, but the group has been photographed, documented and listed in the naturalist databases used by researchers.

Food and lodging in the same place

One thing is certain, the site was attractive. In the plain where they had taken up residence, between the Loire Valley and the first hills of the Pays Fort, the birds were clearly attracted by the crops. They occupied, in fact, fields of sunflowers which had not been harvested. “They are located near a forest, which served as a roosting area for the finches. And the fields served as their pantry. They had food for the whole winter. The addition of these two factors explains why they stayed there to spend the cold season before returning to the northern regions. »

In Boulleret, these allotment gardens that bring residents together

Vincent Michel


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