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Dordogne Wildlife Diary

  • Wallcreeper days...

    We have had some very wet weather in Dordogne recently and the wettest was the day I took a group out to hunt for Wallcreepers aroud Les Eyzies. Despite the driving rain, the day started well for me in Bergerac with a Black-winged Kite on a post along the ringroad. Further on at the airport a Corn Bunting also braved the wet. I met the group in Les Eyzies around mid-morning as the rain continued. We headed up river towards Montignac and stopped at the Maison Forte de Reignac, a chateau built into the cliffs by the main road. From the protection of the tailgate we carefully scanned the cliffs - but no luck. We moved on to La-Roque-Saint-Christophe, an impressive long, tall cliff-face by the Vézère river inhabited by man since prehistoric times and notably a medieval village complete with houses, church, forge etc. Again we used the protection of the tailgate to scan from. We found a nice pair of Black Redstarts high on the cliff nearby, then a very bedraggled Peregrine sitting on top of its nestbox. The rain turned to drizzle so we walked the length of the cliff and back again but without success. Just as we were having a last scan of the cliffs, I saw a Wallcreeper back where we had just walked past! This is typically Wallcreeper behaviour - hiding (so it seems) as you walk past and then appearing some time later. We were lucky to watch it for several minutes and then it flew towards us along the cliff-face giving us a great display...before disappearing again! By now it was lunchtime and so we returned to Les Eyzies to celebrate. After eating we visited a couple of local sites for Wallcreeper and were rewarded with great close-up views at Tayac church.

    The afternoon was spent out on Faux Plateau where despite the changeable weather and high winds we added Black-winged Kite, Red Kite, Hen Harrier and Merin to our list.


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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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