Birdwatching in the Aube, where, when, how, with whom?


The Forêt d’Orient Nature Parkin the Aube, is one of the great prides of the region: 5,000 hectares of lakes, sumptuous forests, meadows, crops, hillsides… With its great environmental wealth, the Forêt d’Orient Nature Park is a real haven of peacefor its many visitors… but also for the migratory birds !

As soon as autumn arrives, the park is decked out in its beautiful rust and gold colour and, throughout the day, walkers can admire the incessant flow of birdlife. Black storks, grey cranes… birdwatching in the Aube requires patience and attention, but the spectacle is worth it!

What birds can be seen in autumn in the Aube? What is the best observation post? What equipment do we need? Who can help us? Huh, who ???? Don’t panic, here are a few tips for a successful birdwatching session!

The Forêt d’Orient Nature Park, ideal for birdwatching in the Aube

As you can see, if you want to take full advantage of the show, the Forêt d’Orient Nature Park is the place to go. With nearly 300 species listed, attracted by the environmental richness of the surroundings, the park is the perfect place to observe migratory birds inthe Aube.

At your disposal, four observatories ideally located on either side of the Orient Forest, allowing you to contemplate the magic of the ornithological ballet that is played out before you:

  • The Orient Observatory, located between the Maison du Parc (the information centre) and the commune of Géraudot, which opens onto the Orient Lake;
  • The Valois ObservatoryThe site is located on the edge of the Lac du Temple, in the heart of the National Nature Reserve of the Orient Forest. It takes about 30 minutes to get there;
  • The Pic Vert observatory, in the heart of the Forêt du Temple ;
  • The observatory of Lake Amance, in Radonvilliers, which opens onto large mudflats.

Comfortably installed at your observation post, in the heart of the Orient Forest Nature Park, on the lookout for the slightest movement of birds, you areabout to witness an extraordinary spectacle!

Lake Amance Observatory
Lakes of the Orient Forest
Temple Observatory

The perfect time for migratory bird watching

A successful birdwatching session is one that has been prepared, thought through and anticipated. After defining your observation site, it is now time to determine the ideal period. When, in the year? At what time of day?

To take full advantage of the migratory birds that decide to make a well-deserved stopover on one of the lakes of the Orient Forest, we advise you to organise your observation sessions from the middle of October until mid-March. In autumn and until the end of winter, you will witness the migration of various species, determined to leave and return to their cosy little nests.

Also, be aware that one of the star birds to watch in the Aube – the grey crane – is very, very early. For To witness its flight, plan to arrive at your observation post before sunrise. Yes, it’s hard to get up very, very early. We know. But the spectacle of hundreds, even thousands of cranes taking to the skies in pink and orange will be worth it, believe us!


The different species of migratory birds to watch in autumn

Now that we have defined where and when, it remains to determine the what. What birds are you going to see in the Orient Forest Nature Park in autumn? So, on the 300 species recorded by the park, knowing that autumn is the migratory period, we can’t list them all. No, don’t insist. On the other hand, we can recommend some!

The end of summer marks the beginning of the migratory flows. From September, perched on the observatory of your choice, you can watch the arrival of the first black storks, coming from the North and East of Europe, enjoying for a few moments a beneficial break in the Orient Forest Nature Park.

One of the emblematic birds of the Aube, in autumn, is of course the grey crane. From the middle of October until December, these birds take over the lakes of the Orient Forest and make their home for a few days, the time for a well-deserved rest. Early in the morning, the sandhill crane flies off in search of food and only returns at the end of the day. The spectacle of thousands of birds taking to the skies is grandiose.

Moreover, the teams of the Orient Forest Nature Park organisebirding breakfastsandcrane apéros “, The aim is to offer visitors the opportunity to watch this beautiful ornithological ballet over a drink or a coffee, in the company of a passionate guide! Isn’t this nice?

Migratory birds

Migratory bird watching in the Aube in good company

Whether you are a novice or an experienced birdwatcher, it is possible to observe birds on your own. Don’t forget the pair of binocularsThat’s all. It’s still more practical. And if you have a Even better isa spyglass!

On the other hand, if you would like to be guided, advised and accompanied in your ornithological approach, the teams of the Orient Forest Nature Park have planned everything! Through a multitude of activities, in the company of erudite guides who are passionate about their profession, you will study the art of birdwatching in complete tranquillity and marvel at the spectacle that will unfold before your eyes!

We also advise you to contact Maximilien, nature guide in Champagne. His knowledge of the territory coupled with his years of experience as a nature guide make Maximilien the ideal person to guide you during a birdwatching session in the Aube! In the and respect for nature, Maximilien offers many ornithological activities, such asUnder the wings of birdsorRand’ornitho “. On the programme: loan of professional equipment, contemplation of birds and nature’s treasures, identification booklet to recognise the species… Everything is planned so that you can enjoy a real ornithological phenomenon!

Now you know everything. We have given you the benefit of all our knowledge about birdwatching in the Aube. It is now time for us to let you fly on your own. Enjoy the show!


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