Sunday, 3 November 2013

Autumn in the Dordogne

BirdGuides webmaster Dave Dunford has just returned from a surprisingly productive week in the Dordogne region of France: birding highlights included Southern Grey Shrike and Black-winged Kite on the Faux Plateau - both rare this far north - and superb sightings of newly arrived wintering Wallcreepers at Le Grotte du Grand Roc and Les Eyzies in the Vézère valley. It's hard to believe that the latter can be seen more conveniently anywhere in Europe. Details of these and many other sites are available in Birding Dordogne by David Simpson, published by BirdGuides; a new and expanded edition is in preparation and is expected to be published in the New Year. Quite a few butterflies were still on the wing, including lots of Clouded Yellows, rather fewer Berger's Clouded Yellows, Grayling, and (pictured) a very late Oberthür's Grizzled Skipper.
Reptiles still around included European Wall Lizard (below) and Western Whip Snake.
David's wildlife tours and superbly sited and appointed gite are warmly recommended: see http://dordognebutterflybirdwatching.co.uk/ for more information.

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