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Dordogne Wildlife Diary

  • Rock Bunting

    It's years since I saw a Rock Bunting. Last time was in the Pyrenees near the Cirque de Gavarnie - maybe nearly 20 years ago. I'm still hoping to see one in Dordogne where they are a scarce winter visitor. Whilst butterfly-watching up in the Sierra Cardo mountains (Spain) on holiday I found a few birds of interest too. Firstly a worn male Blue Rock Thrush and then soon after a family of Blue Rock Thrushes, plus plenty of Dartford and Sardinian Warblers. All the while I had heard a bunting calling and assumed it was a Cirl (as in Dordogne). One landed quite close on a bush and I swung my binoculars around on to it. It was a male with a white (not yellow face) and a white/russet breast (not yellow/olive) - so definitely a Rock Bunting. Result!


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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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