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Dordogne Wildlife Diary

  • Magpie visit

    Now we live in open country (though surrounded by forest) we see Magpies almost as often as Jays. At Cabant near Mauzac, our former home, we lived in the forest and Jays were everywhere with Magpies very rare visitors. I'd forgotten how smart and attractive a bird Mgpies are until one arrived yesterday lunchtime mooching about on our terrace by the house. Close-up the blue and green tints amongst the pied pattern is really striking. I picked up the iPhone and got a couple of quick photos. This Magpie didn't know I was around until I started taking photos and then it was immediately off! They are like Jays - very wary of people and normally difficult to get a good view of. Magpies have a bad name for taking nestlings and young birds, but I suspect that Jays are almost as bad, however the latter's pretty and "softer" looks mean they don't get a bad press, in fact quite the opposite!


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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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