Wednesday, 13 July 2011

After the storm

The very hot, humid weather finally broke last night with thunder storms lasting several hours accompanied by  steady rain.

Male Serin

Waking up this morning temperatures had dropped and everywhere felt breezy.  Walking round to our recycling bins I was thrilled to see a group of 6 Golden Orioles by the campsite.  They are very vocal at the moment.  Birds were a bit more obvious with Serins, Goldfinches and Cirl Buntings all showing well. 

Female Montagu's Harrier

This afternoon my grandson Morris and I went out to reconnoitre the route of the Tour De France which passes close by us on Sunday.  We were looking for a potential site to watch.  One of the best areas had Rollers which made me think how good a deviation they would be as we waited hours for cyclists to go by in a couple of minutes.  Passing home through the vineyards a ring-tail Montagu's Harrier flew over and a Woodchat Shrike and a Hoopoe also gave good views.

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