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Dordogne Wildlife Diary

  • oriole on a plate...or a bird in the hand...

    Well OK, not quite on a plate, but certainly in the hand! I spent the day recently with friends who have a house across the little valley from where we used to live at Saint-Meyme-de-Rozens. We'd visited Faux Plateau and enjoyed the usual rich haul of birds including the plentiful Black-winged Kites etc. One species which proved elusive as always was the Golden Oriole. We heard them calling from the woodland canopy at three sites and were fortunate to catch brief glimpses at one site. But as usual it proved impossible to get a really good view and we had to be content with their beautiful fluty yodel of a song and occasional harsh cat-like calls.

    After a long warm day in the field we returned to my friends' house to see that a bird had hit their large patio window at the front door and it lay motionless feet-up on the stone below. Fearing the worst I picked it up, checked it over and found it very much alive. Ironically after our attempts to get a good view of a Golden Oriole it turned out to be a female or immature of this species. The rest of the family were still in the trees overhead calling, so I released it and with a wobble it flew off and re-joined them. Luckily no harm done. It's not often that you can get this close to an oriole unles you are a bird ringer. Female and immature Golden Orioles are rather greenish, whereas it is the male which is bright yellow with the black wings and tail.


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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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