I dodged the showers to do a little birding by the Son-Sonnette and in the Braconne Forest. The river levels are interesting; the Son and the Sonette are just coming over their banks after the recent rains but the Tardoire and the Bandiat near Le Pont d'Agris both have completely dry river beds still. The Bonnieure and the Charente seem to have reasonable levels.
In not very promising conditions--a stiff, cool breeze-- I recorded 35 species, the most interesting of which were a cetti's warbler near Valence, at least 4 marsh tits and 2 firecrests in the Braconne; small flocks of redwing in the forest, the first that I have seen in the Charente this winter. Nuthatches were very vocal and visible at both locations. Two sparrowhawks flashed by in the course of the day and a tawny owl was calling at La Tache in the evening.