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Dordogne Wildlife Diary

  • a snake skin and a blackbird - courtesy of the kids!

    A few days ago Joseph our nine year old son brought me a small snake skin (or so I first thought) which he'd found in the dry stones by the bread oven. With my glasses on I realised it was a dessicated snake (including skin!). It looked like it had had its head nipped off by a predator - maybe a Jay - and there was still a bit of colour and marking to suggest it was probably a young Grass Snake. You could see the backbone clearly though breaks in the skin and it smelt rotten. It had probably died a few weeks back.

    Hannah our two and a half year old is showing more interest in nature than Joseph did at her age. Yesterday evening there was a Blackbird singing strongly from the top of a big oak by the meadow. I picked here up to show her - opening the window to hear the song. When I put here down she went straight to where I store my telescope in the corner of the lounge imploring me to set it up to show her the bird properly! She's rather fond of my mini binoculars too which are great for little hands though she prefers (like all kids) to look through them backwards!


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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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