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Dordogne Wildlife Diary

  • Barnacle Geese in Helsinki

    During our recent Spanish holiday we had 5 days in Finland staying in the capital city Helsinki. Several things impressed me about the birdlife: the tame Jackdaws by the port (eastern subspecies complete with whitish collar) and Hooded Crows. Perhaps even more surprising were the numbers of Barnacle Geese in mid August. On the wetland reed marsh reserve at Viikki they were in their hundreds as well as being scattered elsewhere including the tourist isle of Suomelinna - the old 18th century island fortress - where a band of clip-winged birds did a good job of 'sheep-grazing' the short turf. Also at Viikki, a pair of Whooper Swans, a family of Fieldfares (by a bus stop at a block of flats) and my first Lesser Whitethroat in around 20 years were also memorable.


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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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