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Dordogne Wildlife Diary

  • Red Squirrel at Le Teich

    Red Squirrels are common in France but not easily seen well. They are more arboreal than Greys in UK and so are often lost in the foliage high in a tree. Also they are not so bold as Greys. In autumn with leaves coming down and the squirrels collecting winter food supplies of nuts etc. you are more likely to see one scamper across a road as you drive or cross a track when you are out for a walk.

    During the November Limosa birding holiday we visited the excellent bird reserve at Le Teich on the Arcachon Bay. Apart from seeing plenty of waterbirds, one of our group, Mike Watson, found us a Red Squirrel whilst he waited on a bench in woodland as the group spent the last few minutes in the hides. The squirrel proved quite accomodating and we all had reasonable views with several of the group managing to take photographs, one of which (by Simon Smith) is shown below.


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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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