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Dordogne Wildlife Diary

  • Yellow Wagtails

    In spring and autumn plenty of Yellow Wagtails pass through Dordogne and a herd of cows or a recently ploughed field can produce a nice little flock. Even better if there are a few Cattle Egrets amongst to add to the animated scene. The Yellow Wagtails tend to be of the continental Blue-head Wagtail race. I've also seen quite a few "British" Yellow Wagtails which are yellow below and green above, but also Grey-headed Wagtail from Fenno-Scandinavia. I always wanted to get a photo of these birds but never managed it. Fortunately birder and photographer John Beaumont was on hand recently to kindly supply the goods. The bird below appears to be an autumn male Grey-headed Wagtail. I've seen a few in spring and the males were bighter yellow below and very dark grey on the head with black ear-coverts and no pale supercilium.


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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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