After just a day or two in Wales to get the garden in order we set off this morning for Bristol Airport to fly the 2 hours to our house in Languedoc, France. At the Airport we perhaps not surprisingly bumped into friend Mike Dilger of BBC TV's One Show on his way to Inverness for more filming. Soon we were in the hot sun with temperatures in the 30's. On the way from Beziers we noted a Roller sitting on a tree by the roadside and as we pulled into our driveway a Woodchat Shrike flew to a hedge at the back of the property.
We had supper with our good friends Susan & Tim in nearby Oupia. An idyllic experience as hordes of Swifts and a smaller number of Bee-eaters hunted insects over the house. A single male Montagu's Harrier flew over high up and as dusk approached a Scop's Owl kept up its sonor like call just prior to us leaving.
Male Montagu's Harrier
As I write this it is gone 11pm and the insect chorus outside is deafening. My friend Ron Bennett who lives nearby always refers to this region of France as Paradise. It is difficult to argue with that.