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Dordogne Wildlife Diary

  • Return to Mauzac and a few birding notes...

    It's been a busy few months with moving out of the house and gite at Mauzac and settling into our temporary rental accommodation in Bergerac, as well as putting half of our furniture and other things into storage in Lalinde. So it was nice to get back to Mauzac recently to visit the new owners at Cabant and to have a quick trip down to the river by the dam. Nothing special to report - all looking great as ever.

    Back in Bergerac I've been making a few forays locally and had a few interesting wildlife records. To show just how widespread Black Woodpeckers are now in Dordogne, I heard one calling yesterday as I left the house in the morning. Coal Tits are in good numbers this winter, a species normally rather scarce. And a first for me in Dordogne - Redpolls - three flew overhead calling in the forest north of Bergerac as we made a house viewing last Friday. There seems to be something of a minor invasion down here in the south-west this winter. 38 Cattle Egrets in a field just up the road amongst the vineyards of Péchamant was also pleasing as was the number of Stonechats and CIrl Buntings on rough land in amongst the vines.

    Photo: The River Dordogne at Mauzac


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Welcome to my Dordogne Wildlife Diary

In it you will find regular wildlife sightings in the département of Dordogne, notably of birds and butterflies in southern Dordogne where I live. In adddition there will be occasional references to neighbouring départements 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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