Tuesday 17 November 2009

27 July 2003 - Around the house and meadow

Again for the present this record is lists... but it is dated in the file for the 27th 
[at 13:19 we were between Amboise and Loches with the car 
[1956 Citroën AZC called Gytha] looking like this >>>

But she did look a bit more balanced with us both in her!!]
We were on our way down with the first load of 'stuff' for the house.

So... despite the date shown above from the notebook
I think that it was a page of accumulated records
[ the Jersey Tiger below was photographed on the 29th!]

Here's the list...

  • Crow
  • Rooks [flock of 200+]
  • Buzzard
  • House Martin
  • Turtle Dove
  • Collared Dove
  • Wood Pigeon
  • Green [or Grey] Woodpecker
  • Black Redstart
  • Blackbird
  • Starling
  • Goldfinch
  • Greenfinch
  • White Wagtail
  • Mallard
  • Grey Heron

  • Painted Lady
  • Red Admiral
  • Scarce Swallowtail
  • Comma
  • Ass'ted Fritillaries
  • Ass'ted Blues


  • Jersey Tiger >>>
  • Hummingbird Hawkmoth
  • Bee Hawkmoth

Other insects:
  • Glow-Worm
  • Praying Mantis [Religiose]

  • Argiope bruennischi [the one that spins the marvelous stripy webs]
  • House spiders [Teginaria gigantia?]

Sunday 15 November 2009

16 April 2003 - Listing from round the house

This was our first visit to the house after purchase... hence the single day [we were too busy getting used to the area and measuring up, making wild plans, etc.]

Birds seen:

  • Kestrel
  • Buzzard
  • Hen Harrier [although now we think these records may actually be the Montagues - we tend to see Hen Harriers over by Barrou and along the Claise valley]

  • Blue Tit
  • Great Tit

LBJs: [Little Brown Jobs]
  • Linnet
  • Chaffinch
  • House Sparrow

MIJs: [More Interesting Jobs]
  • Black Redstart  >>>
  • White Wagtail
  • Whinchat
  • Stonechat
  • Goldfinch
  • Green Woodpecker [or Grey?]
  • Blackbird
  • Starling
  • Robin
  • Wren
  • Swallow
  • House Martin [don't know where these are nesting... not at ours... although they are often in large number with the swallows]
BJs [Big Jobs]
  • Jay
  • Carrion Crow
  • Wood Pigeon
  • Collared Dove
  • Mallard

Birds heard:
  • Nightingale 
  • Turtle Dove

19/12/2009    New material added from the Nature Diary in the house:

17 May 2003
  • Stone Curlews nesting in the field opposite.  
  • Montagu's Harrier quartering the field when M.Sallais was turning the hay.