|One of a Dozen Black Redstart|
I must say that its been a while since I drove any great distance in Europe and by the time we reached our destination some 425 miles later I didn't feel too wiped out. In fact we took a slight detour to visit one of our favourite places, La Pinnail, a short distance from Dee's parents and a great place to see Chats. Indeed it wasn't long before we had both Whinchat and Stonechat in our sights, plus the addition to our growing list of Turtle Dove
France is a wonderful place to drive around and you can actually take in the scenery without fear of someone cutting you up or any sudden halts in the traffic. To this end and with Dee taking on some of the driving the birding list for the drive down yesterday made good reading. Good numbers of Common Buzzard and Kestrel along with Marsh Harrier, Hen Harrier (ringtail), Black Kite and Peregrine would have kept any birder happy. After our eventual arrival and the usual excellent food and wine I even went to bed last night with the windows open listening to the local Tawny and Little Owls calling.
|Pied Flycatcher (female)|
I spent an hour or so photographing the birds, a little bit more of a challenge than I'd anticipated and also during this time managed, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Nuthatch and a couple of female Pied Flycatcher, who I also managed to snap after another challenging 10 minutes or so. Although I'm still studying a slightly distant photograph of a small warbler I may even have stumbled on a Western Bonelli's Warbler, but that remains only a possibility! A good few Butterflies are still around here in France and Large White, Dingy Skipper, Holly Blue, Wall and Clouded Yellow were all recorded.
|Extracting the juice for tests!|