A protected bird, the Shelduck of Belon, was recovered on June 30 in the city center of Puy-en-Velay. Back on his feet in Clermont, he has just been released on Monday noon at Lac du Péchay in Costaros.
The Belon’s Shelduck is not a species of Anatidae (“duck”) nesting in Haute-Loire. It is found along the coasts during the breeding season. Our department welcomes birds only in migratory passage in spring to autumn, or in wintering essentially from November to April.
A species never reported in summer in Haute-Loire
Its conservation status is rather favorable in France but the species is not very abundant in Haute-Loire. The species has never been reported in the department between the months of July to September (a few observations in June). It is therefore a rather “unusual” mention of the species in our department.
Unlike other species of “ducks” that are mainly huntable, the Shelduck is a protected species in France.
Looking for new volunteers for repatriation
The individual collecting, an adult female, was found very weakened on the Place du Breuil in Puy-en-Velay on June 30 and then taken care of by teams from the Clermont-Ferrand rescue center (contact: 07 76 32 59 77) from July 4. “We are looking for people making regular journeys towards Clermont-Ferrand, Brioude, Paulhaguet (on the main roads (RN88-RN102-A75) or from all the “lost corners” towards the main cities)” , says Francis Magnard of the League for the Protection of Birds. Edith Destouet, veterinarian at Paulhaguet, coordinates these repatriations. To join the network of Altiligerian repatriators, simply contact her on 07 61 71 15 63.
In Costaros, a rare water point in Haute-Loire
For the Shelduck of Belon, Marie Brossier, an LPO volunteer who regularly makes journeys of this type, ensured the repatriation and the release. This release was scheduled for Monday since the bird now appears in very good shape, and at Lac du Péchay since it is one of the only sites currently in water in Haute-Loire and corresponding well to the middle referenced by the species in the “normal” periods of presence. A priori, this individual should quickly leave the Haute-Loire to join his congeners.