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  1. Early purple finished some time ago, so I presume that was when you saw them?

    Chris

  2. Whether or not you should have killed it is a moral question and is for you to decide.

    If you mean did you need to kill it, then the answer is No.

    Chris

  3. It is indeed a Queen European Hornet, you can tell by the size and the amount of reddish brown, in fact this year they are well behind like so many things with the weather and probably haven't raised any workers yet in most regions.

    Re Asian Hornet including traps. http://www.planetepassion.eu/WILDLIFE-IN-FRANCE/Asian-Hornet_Vespa-velutina-nigrithorax_Frelon%20asiatique_France.html

    Chris

  4. I was a bit tired last night when I posted and I rarely use this forum now because I have to change browsers to be able to post.

    The animal could also have been a Polecat, both North American Mink and Polecat would fit the ticket from your brief description.

    On the "bird front" if you live in a town or larger village you may also have swifts just to confuse the issue.

    http://www.oiseaux.net/oiseaux/martinet.noir.html

    and near some rivers, old quarries etc.. Sand martin...

    http://www.oiseaux.net/oiseaux/hirondelle.de.rivage.html

    This year has been bad for all of them in France, Swifts, Swallows and House martins with many birds starving due to the poor weather, cold spring and lack of insects. No doubt the number of young will be reduced substantially as well.

    Chris

  5. The likelihood is that your creature was an American mink, (same as in the UK.)

    Swallows are not in free-fall, that would be an exaggeration, decline yes but for a combination of reasons.

    http://www.oiseaux.net/oiseaux/hirondelle.rustique.html

    http://www.oiseaux.net/oiseaux/hirondelle.de.fenetre.html

    Coypu were introduced into the wild in France by accident from fur farms.

    Chris

  6. chris pp

    Grubs

    Rose chafer, it happens all the time, we have loads of them.[:D] They also arrive in bought compost and plants from garden centres etc.

    http://maria.fremlin.de/stagbeetles/larva-guide/index.html

    Chris

  7. I would assume that your dog is recovering now, is that the case? Also, has your vet actually shaved the area where the "bite" is? This should be clearly visible, and what treatment has the dog been given other than anti inflammatory and antibiotics?

    Chris

  8. I'm a bit behind the times with this one, but if there are loads of them it sounds more like Rooks in which case they are resident and rather noisy all the year. I know, I lived with a rookery on the other side of the road as a child, wonderful.[:D]

    Chris

  9. First of all it's not a lizard.[;-)]

    Secondly they aren't that "toxic" and cats will leave them alone because salamanders don't move quickly. I frequently handle them and only remember about their delicate nature when I feel my lips burning a bit. It's amazing how many times we touch our mouths.[:D]

    Chris

  10. Bee swarms can start to arrive any time from about mid April depending on region and climate.

    Only honey bees make a swarm that forms into a cluster. 

    The size of the cluster can vary and be up to 20,000 bees and possibly more. 

    They will usually settle in a tree or bush for some days during which time a number of bees designated with the task of finding a suitable home will be looking for one. 

    It's important to call a bee-keeper as soon as possible if you see one of these swarms to enable it to be collected before it ends up in somebodies roof or chimney. 

    List of English speaking bee keepers that will collect swarms. 

    http://www.planetepassion.eu/WILDLIFE-IN-FRANCE/Collection-of-bee-swarms-in-France-English-speaking.html 

    List of French speaking bee keepers that will collect swarms can be found on the same link. 

    This is a photo of a bee swarm.

     [IMG]http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q73/unautremonde/Oddments/The-swarm1.jpg[/IMG]

    Cheers, Chris

  11. I beg to differ, they will in my opinion be either or both Field voles and Common voles, great food for so many other species.

    Chris

  12. That's great then and, as in 99.5% of cases, nothing to be concerned about, in fact quite the opposite.[:D]

    Enjoy the butterflies.

    Chris

  13. I agree young starlings are often quite pale but not really likely at this time of year although they have started nesting.

    Chris

  14. Un reportage consacré à la LPO France sera diffusé demain sur France 3 Poitou-Charentes, samedi 3 avril à 11h05. 

    Invités : le président de la LPO Alain Bougrain-Dubour et Michel Métais, le directeur général de la LPO. 

    Cette semaine, le mag est consacré à la ligue pour la protection des oiseaux, la LPO dont le siège se trouve à Rochefort en Charente-Maritime depuis 1977. 

    Ses missions sont de protéger les oiseaux et les écosystèmes dont ils dépendent . 

    La LPO en quelques chiffres, c’est 44 249 membres adhérents, 120 salariés, 180 salariés via des associations, et surtout 5 000 bénévoles actifs. L’occasion de parler des bénévoles de la LPO, des réserves et des combats de la LPO notamment de l’érika dont le jugement en appel est attendu le 30 mars. 

    http://limousin-poitou-charentes.france3.fr/emissions/le-mag--visages-d-agriculture-57065045.html#para62278732 

    Chris

    [IMG]http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q73/unautremonde/Birds/logo-lpo70.gif[/IMG]

  15. I would say that if they look like female Blackbirds then they probably are female Blackbirds. There's nothing else that fits your description that I know of in France or that could be passing through.

    Chris

  16. Volunteers wanted in May / June for Hen and Montague Harrier nesting project in the area north west of Poitiers, principally on the plains of Neuville de Poitou. 

    It's not necessary to have more than basic bird observational skills, anyone interested will receive basic instruction on what to look for and what is required. This can be in English. 

    Contact me in the first instance if you are interested and have some time to spare. 

    Chris Luck 
    05 49 87 65 18 
    LPO (Ligue pour la Protection des Oiseaux) Vienne

    [IMG]http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q73/unautremonde/Birds/logo-lpo70.gif[/IMG]
  17. It's possible Framboise. Swallows have been moving up through the south west of France for the last week in small numbers but I would think this cold weather will slow them down for a while.

    Chris

  18. If you read the PDF Chancer you will see that it's not that simple at all, they must have something to either build on or attach their nest to in the right place, and I should say I think it's great that someone is asking how to help them as opposed to the number of people, including masses of Brits, that only want to get rid of them - especially as they are in decline with a major factor being a reducing number of nest sites.

    Chris

  19. You can make them yourself. I did this and kept it simple, if you want more info just ask.

    http://www.planetepassion.eu/Media/Swallow-nest-tray.pdf 

    Chris

  20. If you read this Ray can you send me your phone number as for some reason I can't reply to your message.

    Cheers, Chris

     

  21. LPO Champagne Ardenne - All about La Gru Cendrée.
    http://champagne-ardenne.lpo.fr/sommaireC.htm

    Follow the migration and see where they are.
    http://champagne-ardenne.lpo.fr/grues/point_sur_la_migration.htm

    Record your observations on-line. Please do this, it's really simple and assists in building a complete record of their movements.
    http://champagne-ardenne.lpo.fr/grues/formulaire_grues.htm

    Chris

     

  22. I'm sure it's only a typo - Belette.[;-)] Weasel, a possibility but only one of many.

    Chris

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