Sunday, 27 December 2009

21 -29 March 2004 - Observations from the Nature Diary

Trip to the Brenne... 
All seen at La Cherine
Great White Egret
Hen Harrier [male]
Honey Buzzard
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
Birds seen:

  • Barn Owl near Moulin du Favier [by road bridge]
  • Buzzards
  • Hen Harrier [male]
  • Hobby
  • 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]
  • Robin
  • Wren
  • Black Redstart
  • Stonechat
  • Willow-Chiff
  • Chiffchaff [called whilst being watched]

  • Snipe

  • Muskrats

Visit to the Brenne:
  • Hen Harrier [male]
  • Honey Buzzard
  • Black Kite
  • Purple Heron
  • Great White Egret
  • Pintail
  • Teal
  • Shovellers
  • Black-necked Grebes [loads - La Gabriere]
  • Roost of Cormorants

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