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Dordogne Wildlife Diary


Welcome to my Dordogne Wildlife Diary


In it you will find regular wildlife sightings in the département of Dordogne, notably of birds and butterflies in southern Dordogne where I live. In adddition there will be occasional references to neighbouring départements 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.

hawking sparrows

By audave2505, Dec 11 2020 03:35PM

I popped down to my local DIY store in Bergerac this morning to pick up a door handle and as I drove into the car park I saw a medium-sized bird flying (or it seemed rather like "swimming like a dolphin") in tight circles around a small bush. I drove close by to get the camera out and take a shot once it settled. Even with me there it refused to leave. Unfortunately the light on a cold damp early morning in Bergerac was not good, and through the window the view was hopeless. Opening the window the bird flew from the top of the bush and landed lower down at the back of the bush. In the neighbouring bush at least two House Sparrows were hundled amongst the remaining leaves, chirupping madly. The Sparrowhawk (for that it was) just couldn't get at them and the sparrows had the sense not to fly - stalemate. As I tried to take a few more better photos, the hawk flew off to a nearby small tree, from which it soon flew away in to the distance. It was a small male and still quite brownish. A great view if I hadn't been trying to take photos...and the sparrows lived to fight another day!

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