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Dordogne Wildlife Diary

  • Little Owl

    We are fortunate to have a pair of Little Owls nesting where we live near Maurens. It's a small arable hilltop amongst the forest with clearly enough open ground with trees, hedges and buildings for them to hunt successfully and nest. In early spring they are very noisy "whelping" at dusk. As I drove back home the other evening from Mauzac I caught a glimpse out of the corner of my eye of a football goal post at Saint Sauveur with a bobble on top - cue another Little Owl. They are in fact quite common across open flat or rolling land in Dordogne. Much rarer is the Scops Owl which can be found in summer on Faux Plateau, Verteillac Plain and the extreme east of the department, amongst hamlets and farmsteads usually with small woods or clumps of trees.


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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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