|Famille L doing what it does best|
In the few moments that we were able to sit outside, a number of birds were observed. Some were even photographed. Top billing went to a Short-toed Eagle that cruised almost directly overhead one day, followed closely by a Honey Buzzard. Hoopoes were seen daily, as were a resident pair of Woodchat Shrikes - the local mineral water is organically produced, which no doubt suits them just fine. Rock Sparrows, a pair of Black Redstarts, and numerous Swifts nested in the various buildings, Nightingales were everywhere, at least six highly vocal birds in a small area, but all predictably invisible. We never saw the Cuckoos either, but they were belting it out from all around, and on the occasional calmer night, a Nightjar churred from the opposite hillside. I saw a Sardinian Warbler once, whilst sat drinking Rosé, er I mean water, but it was one of the target birds, so very chuffed.
The insect life was where it was at this holiday though. Some superb moths and butterflies, including quite a few Hummingbird Hawkmoths, immense bush crickets, gigantic wasps and hornets, and vast armies of black ants moving in trails across the lawn and patio. The kids were enthralled, which is how it should be. I remember similar family holidays where at a similar age I was quite content to just observe these ants all day long. And poke sticks into their nests obviously.
We came back via Chablis, another area noted for mineral water production, and to say that the car sat snugly on the road on the way back to the coast is a vast understatement. I have been happily unloading bottles for almost the whole day. Indeed one has already been emptied.....Anyhow, normal service will shortly be resumed. That means Brown birds, brown butterflies, small unidentifiable brown moths.
PS I am kidding about the birds. It's June.