Friday, 4 June 2010

Limited luck on Mont d'Or

Made an early start to visit Mont d'Or, the highest point of the French Jura mountains, with high hopes of seeing Hazel Grouse, Capercaillie, Tengmalm's Owl, Wallcreeper and Alpine Accentor. Saw none of these, but did manage a brief sighting of a Nutcracker, identifiable not from the poor views but from its unmistakeable call given before and after it took flight: a nightjar-esque 'Krrrrr' according to my notes. Crested Tit, Ring Ouzel and Water Pipit also seen. The very top of Mont d'Or was generally shrouded in cloud, making views of Wallcreeper unlikely, but occasional gaps in the mist revealed a dramatic landscape, pictured here.