A quick trip to the coast on the last day before the chasse began produced surprisingly little of note. Sacred ibis, wood sandpipers, hobby, cetti's and fan-tailed warbler were probably the highlights but perhaps more interesting was seeing not only double figures of French bird watchers but bird-ringing taking place at the reserve at Moëze. It's easy to start thinking that not many others have an interest in birds in these parts.
Back on the local patch, wheatear and whinchat numbers have tailed off in the last few days but common redstarts, tree pipits and pied flycatchers are still around. Sadly, one of the latter fell victim to my (or rather, my wife's) cat in the garden this week.
A single golden plover was flying around and calling on the plains on Sunday, not the wisest thing to be doing on the first day of the chasse.