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Pic de l'Aigle Savournon

Hautes Alpes  >  France

Nice viewpoints and a chance to see many different birds on this hike from Savournon around the Pic de l'Aigle (the 'Peak of the Eagle').

Added by John Morecroft

Description

Savournon is a small village, enjoying a sunny climate, between the Alps and Provence. It lies on the foot of the Pic de l'Aigle. The Peak of the Eagle is a rock that is the highest point in the surrounding area. The bushy landscape on the slopes of the rock is rich in birds. You have nice views on green meadows of the Savournon plain and the birding is great. Because you pass forested and bushy areas, rocky outcrops and look over plains, the bird diversity is high. Often birds of prey can be seen. Red-legged Partridge live here, Red-backed Shrike are plenty, and you can also see Corn BuntingNorthern Wheatear and many other small songbirds. With a little luck birds of prey like Golden Eagle and Red Kite will fly over.

Details

Access

It's possible to make a circular walk that passes the top, but it is not the most easy walk because a part of the trail is very steep, the gravel very slippery and some parts are a bit overgrown. So I recommend that if you want to go to the top you do it from the eastern more gradual slope, and skip the circular walk. Actualy, the best birding is not along the steep path, but along the eastern part of the trail that runs along the winding road. There is almost no traffic, so birding from this road is no problem.

If you want to do the circular trail anyway, then park in the western parking (Marked as Parking 1 on the map). The 5 km hike starts from there with a steep ascent. But for me the better option option was to park at the beginning of the eastern path to the top (Marked as Parking 2 on the map). From there you can walk to the top and back, and then walk to Savournon (or halfway) and back. It's much more relaxed.

Click on the P on the map to go to one of the parkings directly. The distance of the circular trail is about 5 km, and the trail is signposted with yellow markers. But you can also follow the trail on your smartphone on the map below. Again, the best option is to approach the top from the east and to skip the circular walk. But if you prefer to do the circular walk, the best way is to walk the trail counterclockwise. So from the western parkingplace first head west. Whatever option you choose, put on good walking shoes!

Terrain and Habitat

Forest, Mountain, Scattered trees and bushes, City/village

Conditions

Rocky, Hilly, Dry

Circular trail

Yes

Is a telescope useful?

No

Good birding season

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Best time to visit

Spring

Route

Narrow trail, Paved road, Wide path

Difficulty walking trail

Strenuous

Accessible by

Foot

Birdwatching hide / platform

No

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