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Dordogne Wildlife Diary

  • Honey Buzzard migration

    Every late spring and late summer Honey Buzzards migrate in large numbers across Dordogne. Although I was aware of their migration from my own random sightings (and others posted on the Faune-Aquitaine website), it was my birder friend John Beaumont who really made me fully aware of the significance of the phenomenum this August. He's visited Dordogne for 20 years or so studying the local birdlife near Bergerac and one thing in particular that has interested him is the Honey Buzzard migration. He has a watch point up in the vineyards and over two weeks at the end of August he saw a total of about 500 birds pass through. Not quite Gibraltar numbers, but still pretty impressive. I joined him on a couple of mornings when we saw around 50 birds in total. It appears that his watch point is on a migration corridor and we discussed various theories on why this is the case: perhaps a combination of the proximity to attractive forest for safe roosting and proximity to good thermals to aid migration. John's photos below give an idea of the action!

    Not only Honey Buzzards but a variety of raptors and other species pass through such as Marsh Harrier, Black Stork and even a few waders!


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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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