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Dordogne Wildlife Diary

  • A Hummingbird Hawk Moth knocking at the door...

    The weather here is finally changing for the better with an anticyclone set to sit over France for a week or two, it certainly feels like spring. Birds are starting to sing and early flowers are showing. Insects are also becoming active. I've seen the first butterfly since mid December and bumble bees buzzing around flowers during the rather warm sunny afternoons. However most surprising for me was a Hummingbird Hawk Moth on Tuesday last week inside our new house at Maurens where I was working. I heard a large insect banging against the front door window and thought it must be a shield bug or bumble bee....then I saw the moth. I've never seen one so early in the year but have read that they over-winter or hibernate in houses, old trees etc. After short bouts of flight it settled. With the sunny weather I thought it best to liberate it. Unfortunately I forgot to photograph it, but my friend Bob Gibbons who runs Natural History Travel kindly agreed to let me use a photo from his website. It's a lot better than mine would have been!


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Welcome to my Dordogne Wildlife Diary

In it you will find regular wildlife sightings in the d├ępartement of Dordogne, notably of birds and butterflies in southern Dordogne where I live. In adddition there will be occasional references to neighbouring d├ępartements such as Lot et Garonne, Gironde, the Lot and places further afield. Check out the Faune-Aquitaine website for the latest wildlife sightings in Dordogne and Aquitaine.

Where possible I will add photographs to illustrate the entry. Many thanks to Margaret Mills (family photo) and Denis Cauchoix (birdwatcher photo).

I hope that you enjoy my diary and look forward to your comments.

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