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Dordogne Wildlife Diary

  • Where are the Dartford Warblers? They're here don't worry!

    I love these little heathland birds. The Dartford Warbler male is a smart bird with a beautiful Bordeaux claret bib, breast and belly with a cool slate grey back. The bib is sprinkled too with some very fetching little white spots. Without the long tail they would be pretty much the smallest bird in Europe.

    They live in dense ground cover searching for food most of the day (and roosting there at night) and you could easily be fooled into thinking none are present on a site. However on a sunny spring day, once one bird starts they will call (short and harsh) and sing (a little jerky and scratchy warble) often in short songflights. However taking their photo is never easy, hence this rather poor (but artistic?) silhouette through the scrub!


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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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