Friday, September 25, 2015

Arrived France

Flew into Poitier this evening for a short break in France while the floating homestead enjoys a well earned bit of TLC in the dry-dock! Hull blacking and a few bits of maintenance I'm not equipped to complete.

Black Redstart a regular breeder here locally!
When we arrived at Dee's parents near Chavigny there was just enough time for a garden stroll before the sun departed for the day in clear blue skies. First bird of note was a Chiffchaff calling from along the orchard treeline but it wasn't long before one of the local Black Redstarts made an appearance.

Firecrest in the gloom - Always a pleasure to see when we visit!
At the bottom end of the garden the grass had just been cut below the walnut trees, a regular occurrence apparently to enable easy picking when they finally drop. Of course the disruption had dislodged many flies which at least three Firecrest's were taking advantage of. I did manage a few photos but with the failing light the best I could manage were a couple of record shots.

Cirl Bunting - A garden first and somewhat of a bonus.
Equally a Cirl Bunting perching briefly in the hawthorn offered another photo opportunity but once again the light had beaten me. Still a great start to our short break and a garden first. Looking forward to a visit to La Brenne tomorrow!