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Dordogne Wildlife Diary

  • Black Woodpecker

    This is the time to start looking for Black Woodpeckers (and indeed all woodpeckers) as the nesting season approaches and they begin to assert their territorial claims. They are more vocal but can be frustratingly discreet and difficult to see for such a large black bird. Over the last 20 or 30 years they have colonised Dordogne (from the north-east) and are now widespread through the woods and forest. Another good way to see Black Woodpeckers is to find their roosting holes (which can be near the previous year's nest hole) as we did for the Limosa birding holiday in November. This paid off with good sightings of two birds - one of which (the male with a full red crown) Mike Bye photographed this male on a plane tree.


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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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