Helgoland is cool but Ile de Sein is magic! That is in short what we experienced last days.
Located at the tip of Brittany, France, this tiny island is a hotspot for extreme vagrants from both east and west and recent records include Chestnut-sided Warbler, Northern Parula and Chestnut Bunting.
So Jan and I decided to go there to experience the ultimate-island birding ourselves.
After an hour on the ferry we arrived on the small harbour of a small but very friendly village.
We were later told that this garden is the hotspot for american warblers; almost all were seen in the same big tree!;
View of the same area from the other side;
And our hotel, situated at the most western tip of the village with strategic cover and view over the best tidal area of the island.
View from the south; the hotel and tidal area on the left, the village on the right. Inbetween is the "football field" which looks excellent for rare Pipits and Larks!;
More views on the edge of the village, yes it is indeed birdseed on the lower picture,
and it is dutch:-)
View to the west from the hotel, many american waders have been recorded here. In the background the lighthouse on the western tip of the island;
And a view from the other side;
Sein lighthouse. The tamarisk-bushes are the only higher vegetation on this part of the island, no place to hide!;
And some more pictures of the western tip, this is the area where the birds come in from the sea.
Some more impressions of the island.
It is a beautifull place with many birds, few birders and friendly people.
I will add our bird records and pictures soon.