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Dordogne Wildlife Diary

  • Cranes fleeing the cold up north

    The final waves of crane migration this autumn over SW France have started in the last few days as temperatures have dropped like a stone in NE France where snow and ice are setting in. I just went out to take the rubbish bins to the roadside for collection tomorrow morning and I heard the tell-tale bugling call away to the north. And they were soon almost overhead and heading away SW across Bergerac. I snapped a quick shot - only 71 this time but a nice V-shape skein. A "skein of cranes sounds" good to me! Always a thrill to see and hear...

    Yesterday evening at dusk I flushed a Woodcock in the wood near the car. I haven't seen one for quite a while in Dordogne but they are a common winter visitor and popular with hunters. They are not known to have nested in Dordogne.


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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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