It's the day after my birthday and the temperature in the sunshine is a remarkable 42C ! Yesterday was not quite so warm but still very pleasant for late October. A cycle trip around the plains turned up 32 species of birds none of which was particularly remarkable except for a female merlin which was dashing around among the skylarks. I saw what might have been a second bird later in another field but it might have been the same individual.
The skylarks numbered in the hundreds, a big increase on recent days.
The near-white buzzard was sitting prominently in a tree near La Tâche.