Trip to the Brenne...
All seen at La Cherine
Great White Egret
Hen Harrier [male]
Pintails, Teal, Shovellers
except a Grey Wagtail... seen on returning to La Forge
Also Barn owl by road bridge near Moulin du Favier as we returned from a visit to GP for a meal.
Muskrat swam past at lunchtime
Saw wren, robin, white wagtails
Stonechat and a warbler [buff & pale-buff]
Put car away in the laiterie and disturbed a Black Redstart
Small warbler by river [very visible cream eye-stripe - pale green and buff-green - probably a willow-chiff]
Swallows appeared at around 5.50pm [along with the sun]
Pair of Buzzards wheeling over the woods in front of the house.
Hen Harrier [male] along below Grandmont towards Petit Pressigny.
Hobby dropped from over the grange [barn] into the field by the willows and then flew off. It was trying to catch Swallows but failed miserably.
26th Woodcock flew over late afternoon
27th And again but I had bino's with me this time... for Woodcock, read Snipe!!
Visit to Brenne again...
Saw Black kite, loads of Black-necked Grebes [at La Gabriere], Purple Heron plus assorted other species and a roost of Cormorants.
Large raptor took off from our meadow on returning - probably a buzzard [ it was behind the barn and away before there was a chance of identifying it. Swallows present AM as we left for the Brenne and heard a buzzard calling from the wood out front.
Chiffchaff calling and hopping around us as we planted trees by Richard's etang. Female harrier [? species... too fast] came low across meadow in front of us, thro' trees and up across fields towards La Jarrie.
As a list of sightings:Seen round La Forge
- Barn Owl near Moulin du Favier [by road bridge]
- Hen Harrier [male]
- Harrier [female] - came low across field and up thro' trees to La Jarrie.
- Grey Wagtail [by our bridge]
- White Wagtails
- Swallows [with Hobby in pursuit on one occasion]
- Black Redstart
- Chiffchaff [called whilst being watched]
Visit to the Brenne:
- Hen Harrier [male]
- Honey Buzzard
- Black Kite
- Purple Heron
- Great White Egret
- Black-necked Grebes [loads - La Gabriere]
- Roost of Cormorants