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Dordogne Wildlife Diary

  • Waders...

    Dordogne is not known for it's smaller wading birds. Being well inland, many waders migrate along coastal routes or overfly Dordogne. Only Common Sandpiper (which nests along upland streams) is frequently seen - mostly in autumn, winter and spring - on larger rivers and other water bodies. In the last 25 years a string of reservoirs have been contructed in the south of the department and adjacent Lot et Garonne - along the Dropt valley which drains into the River Lot. As a result more smaller wading birds (and other waterbirds) have been recorded including unusual species. Dunlin, Snipe, Redshank, Greenshank for example are regular in small numbers and species such as Little Stint, Avocet and Black-winged Stilt also turn up. I've found Turnstone, Knot and Bar-tailed Godwit - all very rare maritime waders here in Dordogne. A UK birder, John Beaumont, who regularly visits Dordogne in late summer took this nice photo of a juvenile Black-winged Stilt at the Escouroux reservoir near Eymet.

    John also found six Glossy Ibis (his photo of three of them below) at the same site several days earlier - the second record for Dordogne. This just shows that with perserverance interesting waterbirds can be indeed found in Dordogne - John was visiting the reservoirs regularly during his two week stay often at the crack of dawn and re-visited them at different times of day!


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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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