30 Days Wild – Day 1 – Formal Gardens

An unusual start to the month as I’m currently in Paris. But that didn’t stop me finding a few moments of wildness at the Palace of Versailles.

The chateau itself is home to plenty of House Martins and Swifts, the Martins making use of the masonry to make their homes.

Full disclosure, these Martin nests were at the Louvre, but illustrate the point

In the gardens there was a thriving population of Ring-Necked Parakeets as well as Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Chiffchaff and Blackcap.

Spot the coot nest

The grand Apollo Fountain was proving great nesting habitat for Coot.

The various water features were also home to a range of dragonflies and damselflies.

I don’t know French dragonflies but I’m pretty sure this is a Broad Bodied Chaser

So, plenty to see even in such a formal and tourist heavy location.

Vapourer Moth caterpillar

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One Response to 30 Days Wild – Day 1 – Formal Gardens

  1. Pingback: 30 Days Wild – Day 2 – Fields | Why watch wildlife?

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