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Self-catering, holiday cottages on the South Brittany/Loire Atlantique border in France.
Friendly family run gite accommodation where dogs are welcome.

 
Wks 3 and 4 The weather was mainly pretty yuk! There were still Clouded Yellows, Red Admirals and Commas about on the 28th - on the same day I saw a Grey Wagtail and a Cirl Bunting. I counted 40+ Bar-tailed Godwit on the estuary at Penestin on the 27th. There were 2 Grey Partridge in the garden on the 22nd. Otherwise, numbers of Fieldfare and Redwing are increasing daily.
Wk 2 The weather today (Sun. 19th) reflects the entry for the same date last year (see link above) - sunshine and blue skies. We took a stroll with the dogs this afternoon and saw Cirl Bunting in the hedgerow not far from home, 2 hours later as we passed by a lake we heard a WATER RAIL calling from the water's edge. A few minutes later we came across a Roe Deer grazing in a field. Yesterday was warm, if overcast, and we took the opportunity to take our boat out on the Vilaine. The long-awaited REDWING and FIELDFARE made an appearance on Tuesday (14th), flying over the garden, calling whilst I was running the dogs over the agility course. On Monday I counted 8 Sandwich Terns and 12 Great Crested Grebes on the Estuary. Autumn seems to have arrived with most deciduous trees looking beautiful in their gold, reds and yellows - strong winds blew many leaves off the trees on Friday. A Little Owl was calling at midday whilst we were gardening. Sightings of Clouded Yellow, Red Admiral and Speckled Wood have continued througout the week together with several mating pairs of Dragonfly (one of which was Common Darter (known hereabouts as "Le Charpentier - the carpenter).
Wk 1 The weather has been kind - lots of sunshine and temperatures high for the time of year. Still some butterflies about - mainly Red Admiral and Clouded Yellow, but also some Speckled Wood. Another possible sighting of Redwing flying over, but I wasn't certain as my binoculars weren't to hand! I have checked last November's November nature notes (follow link above for archives) and I see that we had recorded Redwings in good numbers on the 10th, but that the weather was colder - this may be why I haven't seen any so far this year (or maybe because I'm now working full-time and just don't get out there to look!). There were about 6 Song Thrushes feeding in the garden this morning (12th) and I have seen Mistle Thrushes regularly. Of interest was a Black Redstart (female or juvenile) which has been very bold, feeding right up at the house - the local Robins do not appreciate it though! Other birds of interest were Stonechat along the roadside and three owl species seen over the garden in the evenings - Barn, Tawny and the very-vocal Little Owls. I counted in excess of 450 Brent Geese on the estuary at the mouth of the Vilaine on Monday (6th) lunchtime. With them were 6 Sacred Ibis and one or two Little Egret.
 
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La Belle Vilaine
Self-catering, holiday cottages on the South Brittany/Loire Atlantique border in France.
Friendly family run gite accommodation where dogs are welcome.