When planning your wildlife tour it helps to know when sightings of your favoured wildlife are likely to occur. Here is the diary of the wildlife of Provence.
January: The Eagle owls start to ‘tune up’ in preparation for breeding. Lots of raptors on the Camargue.
February: Golden Eagles are out patroling territories and displaying.
March: The migration. Sightings of 90 Black Kite; 18 Osprey; 8 Black Stork; etc. in a single day!
April: Short Toed Eagles and Egyptian Vultures. Little Bustards displaying.
May: Orchids. Nightingales singing and Scops Owls calling in the village.
June: Bee Eaters, Honey Buzzards, Golden Orioles, Purple Herons.
July: The best time for beavers, the valley is blue with lavender.
August: Families of Red Backed Shrikes and Bee Eaters seem to be everywhere.
September: The migration, thousands of birds pass by from the huge catchment area to the north.
October: Citril Finch. Red Deer rut. Mountains ablaze with colour as the leaves turn.
November: Alpine Accentor and Wallcreeper are most easily seen.
December: Chamois and Ibex rut. Greater Spotted Eagles and White Tailed Sea Eagles on the Camargue.