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Dordogne Wildlife Diary

  • Migration...and a Bluethroat

    A lot of birds pass through on Dordogne on migration but the rarer ones are difficult to track down unless you spend long hours in the field at likely sites. A regular birder here, John Beaumont, has a great interest in migration and has found all sorts of interesting species firstly by concentrating on his local patch around his holiday accomodation (including Savi's Warbler and Roller) but more recently by selecting what appear to be interesting migration corridors (a locally important Honey Buzzard route) or migrant stop-off zones.

    This year he spend much of his two week holiday away from his local patch at Cause-de-Clerans and concentrating on locations on Faux Plateau and at the reservoirs. As a result he found a mixed harrier roost, a selection of waders, Ortolan Bunting, Tawny Pipit and this nice male Bluethroat which he showed me in a field near Naussannes. Photo by John Beaumont.


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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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