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The Cévennes, France September 2012/June 2013 - Part 2 (Updated 11/2013)

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Lady's Slipper (Cypripedium calceolus), Causse Méjean

Cévennes September 2012 gallery

Cévennes June 2013 gallery

SPECIES RECORDED; BIRDS - 101 SPECIES - BUBO Listing

Red-legged Partridge Alectoris rufa

Common Quail Coturnix coturnix

Mallard Anas platyrhynchos

Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis - 1 Barrandon 9/9/12

Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo

Grey Heron Ardea cinerea

European Honey Buzzard Pernis apivorus

Black Kite Milvus migrans

Red Kite Milvus milvus

Eurasian Griffon Vulture Gyps fulvus

Eurasian Black Vulture Aegypius monachus - Camping Moulin, 3-5/9/12. Seen each evening, max. 3. 1 Tarn Valley 8/6/13

Short-toed Eagle Circaetus gallicus

Hen Harrier Circus cyaneus

Montagu's Harrier Circus pygargus - juvenile Causse Méjean 5/9/12

Northern Goshawk Accipiter gentilis - 1 female Camping Les Cessenades 4/6/13

Eurasian Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus

Common Buzzard Buteo buteo

Osprey Pandion haliaetus - 1 juvenile south over Florac 6/9/12

Common Kestrel Falco tinnunculus

Eurasian Hobby Falco subbuteo - 1 Mont Lozère 7/9/12

Peregrine Falco peregrinus - 1 Chateau de Blanquefort 8/6/13

Eurasian Coot Fulica atra - Barrandon only

Yellow-legged Gull Larus michahellis - Bizarrely a single adult flew West along the Tarn river on two consecutive evenings 3-4/9/12 – presumably the same bird. Seen from Camping Moulin

Common Woodpigeon Columba palumbus

Eurasian Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto

Common Cuckoo Cuculus canorus

European Scops Owl Otus scops - 1 calling at Camping Moulin each night 9/2012


Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) male, Causse Méjean

Tawny Owl Strix aluco - 1 calling at Camping Moulin each night 9/2012, also Camping Les Cessenades 6/2013

European Nightjar Caprimulgus europaeus - At Camping Les Cessenades and Camping la Cascade, 6/2013

Common Swift Apus apus

Alpine Swift Apus melba - C6 Le Point Sublime 5/9/12

Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis

European Bee-eater Merops apiaster - A flock of 18 migrating south over Barrandon 8/9/12

Eurasian Hoopoe Upupa epops

European Green Woodpecker Picus viridis

Black Woodpecker Dryocopus martius

Great Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos major

Lesser Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos minor - 1 male Camping Les Cessenades 6/6/13

Woodlark Lullula arborea - Mt Lozere 6/2013

Eurasian Skylark Alauda arvensis

Eurasian Crag Martin Ptyonoprogne rupestris

Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica

Common House Martin Delichon urbicum

Tree Pipit Anthus trivialis - Mont Lozère 9/2012

Meadow Pipit Anthus pratensis - 2 Mont Lozère 7/9/12

Yellow Wagtail Motacilla flava - 4 Mont Lozère 7/9/12

Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea

White Wagtail Motacilla alba

White-throated Dipper Cinclus cinclus - 1 Camping Moulin 5/9/12. Several on rivers 6/2013

Dunnock Prunella modularis - 1 singing Causse Méjean 7/6/13

Winter Wren Troglodytes troglodytes

European Robin Erithacus rubecula

Common Nightingale Luscinia megarhynchos

Black Redstart Phoenicurus ochruros

Common Redstart Phoenicurus phoenicurus

Whinchat Saxicola rubetra

Common Stonechat Saxicola torquatus

Northern Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe

Ring Ouzel Turdus torquatus - 1 female Mont Lozère 7/9/12

Common Blackbird Turdus merula

Song Thrush Turdus philomelos

Mistle Thrush Turdus viscivorus

Melodious Warbler Hippolais polyglotta

IMG 9487 filtered

Eurasian Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus) over the Tarn gorge

Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla

Garden Warbler Sylvia borin

Common Whitethroat Sylvia communis

Subalpine Warbler Sylvia cantillans - 2+ Les Roches de Roquesaltes 7/6/13

Bonelli's Warbler Phylloscopus bonelli

Common Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita

Willow Warbler Phylloscopus trochilus - 3+ Barrandon 8/9/12, some singing

Goldcrest Regulus regulus - 4+ Mont Lozère 7/9/12

Firecrest Regulus ignicapilla

Pied Flycatcher Ficedula hypoleuca

Long-tailed Tit Aegithalos caudatus

Marsh Tit Parus palustris - 1 Runes cascade 8/9/12

Crested Tit Parus cristatus

Coal Tit Parus ater

Blue Tit Parus caeruleus

Great Tit Parus major

Eurasian Nuthatch Sitta europaea

Short-toed Treecreeper Certhia brachydactyla

Eurasian Golden Oriole Oriolus oriolus - Wooded river valleys 6/2013

Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurio

Eurasian Jay Garrulus glandarius

Common Magpie Pica pica

Red-billed Chough Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax - 6+ Le Point Sublime 4/9/12, 2+ Causse Noir 8/6/13

Western Jackdaw Corvus monedula

Carrion Crow Corvus corone

Common Raven Corvus corax - 1 Col du Rey 5/6/13

Common Starling Sturnus vulgaris

House Sparrow Passer domesticus

Rock Sparrow Petronia petronia - 3+ near Drigas, Causse Méjean 7/6/13

Common Chaffinch Fringilla coelebs

European Serin Serinus serinus

European Greenfinch Carduelis chloris - scarce throughout 6/2013

European Goldfinch Carduelis carduelis

Common Linnet Carduelis cannabina

Common Crossbill Loxia curvirostra

Eurasian Bullfinch Pyrrhula pyrrhula - 1 heard Mt Lozère 7/9/12, 1 m. 1 f. Mt Lozère 2/6/13

Yellowhammer Emberiza citronella

Cirl Bunting Emberiza cirlus


ODONATA – 15 species

IMG 9830-001 filtered

Yellow-winged Darter (Sympetrum flaveolum) male, Barrandon

BEAUTIFUL DEMOISELLE (Calopteryx virgo) - Rivers 6/2013

COMMON EMERALD DAMSELFLY (Lestes sponsa) – Good numbers Barrandon 8-9/9/12

SCARCE EMERALD DAMSELFLY (Lestes dryas) – 1 male photographed Barrandon 8/9/12

SMALL EMERALD DAMSELFLY (Lestes virens) – Several seen Barrandon 8/9/12

SCARCE BLUE-TAILED DAMSELFLY (Ischnura pumilio) – A single immature female photographed at Barrandon 8/9/12

COMMON BLUE DAMSELFLY (Enallagma cyathigerum) – A single male photographed at Barrandon 9/9/12, with quite bizarre black markings; an aberrant individual

MOORLAND HAWKER (Aeshna juncea) – Seen on Mont Lozère, Causse Méjean, and Barrandon in small numbers 9/2012

DUSK HAWKER (Boyeria irene) – Seen at various river locations including Camping de Gilliaou and Le Point Sublime, high above the Tarn 9/2012

EMPEROR DRAGONFLY (Anax imperator) - 1 male Tarn river 5/6/13

GREEN-EYED HOOKTAIL (Onychogomphus forcipatus) – 1 male Camping Moulin 3/9/12

FOUR-SPOTTED CHASER (Libellula quadrimaculata) – 1 probable male Barrandon 8/9/12

BROAD-BODIED CHASER (Libellula depressa) - 2 males 6/2013

BLACK DARTER (Sympetrum danae) – Hundreds, possibly thousands, many ‘in cop’, Barrandon 8-9/9/12

YELLOW-WINGED DARTER (Sympetrum flaveolum) - Hundreds, possibly thousands, many ‘in cop’, Barrandon 8-9/9/12

COMMON DARTER (Sympetrum striolatum) – 2 males on bowl-shaped animal drinking trough, Causse Méjean 5/9/12


BUTTERFLIES - 48 species

IMG 9723 filtered

Niobe Fritillary (Argynnis niobe) female, Mont Lozère

RED UNDERWING SKIPPER (Spialia sertorius)

DINGY SKIPPER (Erynnis tages)

SILVER-SPOTTED SKIPPER (Hesperia comma)

CINQUEFOIL SKIPPER (Pyrgus cirsii)

GRIZZLED SKIPPER (Pyrgus malvae)

SWALLOWTAIL (Papilio machaon)

SCARCE SWALLOWTAIL (Iphiclides podalirius)

CLEOPATRA (Gonepteryx cleopatra)

BRIMSTONE (Gonepteryx rhamni)

BERGER'S CLOUDED YELLOW (Colias alfacariensis)

BLACK-VEINED WHITE (Aporia crataegi)

LARGE WHITE (Pieris brassicae)

GREEN-VEINED WHITE (Pieris napi)

(?)SOUTHERN SMALL WHITE (Pieris mannii) - Mont Lozère 9/2012

SMALL WHITE (Pieris rapae)

ORANGE TIP (Anthocharis cardamines)

WOOD WHITE (Leptidea sinapis)

GREEN HAIRSTREAK (Callophrys rubi)

SCARCE COPPER (Lycaena virgaureae) - Mont Lozère 9/2012

SMALL COPPER (Lycaena phlaeas)

SOOTY COPPER (Lycaena tityrus)

LITTLE BLUE (Cupido minimus)

GREEN-UNDERSIDE BLUE (Glaucopsyche alexis)

Green-Underside Blue (Glaucopsyche alexis), male

Green-Underside Blue (Glaucopsyche alexis) male, Causse Méjean

COMMON BLUE (Polyommatus icarus)

ESCHER'S BLUE (Polyommatus escheri) - several near Vebron

ADONIS BLUE (Lysandra bellargus)

SILVER-STUDDED BLUE (Plebejus argus)

SOUTHERN WHITE ADMIRAL (Limenitis reducta)

COMMA (Polygonia c-album)

PAINTED LADY (Vanessa cardui)

RED ADMIRAL (Vanessa atalanta)

PEACOCK (Inachis io)

SILVER-WASHED FRITILLARY (Argynnis paphia)

QUEEN OF SPAIN FRITILLARY (Issoria lathonia)

NIOBE FRITILLARY (Argynnis niobe) – 1 female Mont Lozère 9/2012

WEAVER'S FRITILLARY (Boloria dia)

SMALL PEARL-BORDERED FRITILLARY (Bolaria selene)

KNAPWEED FRITILLARY (Melitaea phoebe)

HEATH FRITILLARY (Melitaea athalia)

MARCH FRITILLART (Euphydryas aurinia)

SPECKLED WOOD (Pararge aegeria)

WALL BROWN (Lasiommata megera)

PIEDMONT RINGLET (Erebia meolans)

GREAT BANDED GRAYLING (Brintesia circe)

ROCK GRAYLING (Hipparchia alcyone) – The causses, possibly H. fagi also, 9/2012

GATEKEEPER (Pyronia tithonus)

MEADOW BROWN (Maniola jurtina)

SMALL HEATH (Coenonympha pamphilus)


OTHER INSECTS/OTHER FAUNA

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Saddle-back Bush-cricket (Ephippiger ephippiger) female, Causse Méjean

Large Marsh Grasshopper (Stethophyma grossum) – Barrandon 9/2012

Grasshopper sp. (Oedipoda germanica)

Grasshopper sp. (Oedipoda caerulans)

Bush-cricket sp. (?Platycleis affinis)

Saddle-backed Bush-cricket (Ephippiger ephippiger)

Praying Mantis (Mantis religiosa)

Hummingbird Hawk-moth (Macroglossum stellatarum)

Various moth sp. Including Zygaenidae fausta, a burnet species

Hornet (Vespa crabro)

Spider sp. (Araneus quadratus) - Mont Lozère


Fire Salamander (Salamandra salamandra)

Natterjack (Bufo calamita)

Yellow-bellied Toad (Bombina variegata) – Barrandon 9/2012

Common Frog (Rana temporaria)

Agile frog (Rana dalmatina)

Iberian Water Frog (rana perezi)

European Green Lizard (Lacerta viridis)

Sand Lizard (Lacerta agilis)

Common Wall Lizard (Podarcis muralis)

Slow Worm (Anguis fragilis)

Viperine snake (Natrix maura)


Pipistrelle bat sp. (Pipistrellus sp.)


Roe Deer (Capreolus capreolus)

Red Squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris)

Brown Hare (Lepus europaeus)

Rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus)


ORCHIDS - 25 species, all June 2013

Aveyron orchid (Ophrys aveyronensis)

Aveyron orchid (Ophrys aveyronensis), a Cevennes endemic, on Causse du Larzac

Lady's Slipper Orchid (Cypripedium calceolus)

White Helleborine (Cephalanthera damasonium)

Narrow-leaved Helleborine (Cephalanthera longifolia)

Violet Limodore (Limodorum abortivum)

Bird's Nest Orchid (Neottia nidus-avis)

Common Twayblade (Neottia ovata)

Lesser Butterfly Orchid (Platanthera bifolia)

Greater Butterfly Orchid (Plantanthera chlorantha)

Frog Orchid (Coeloglossum viride)

Elder-flowered Orchid (Dactylorhiza sambucina)

Heath Spotted Orchid (Dactylorhiza maculata)

Common Spotted Orchid (Dactylorhiza fuschii)

Green-winged Orchid (Orchis morio)

Burnt Orchid (Orchis ustulata)

Monkey Orchid (Orchis simia)

Military Orchid (Orchis militaris)

Lady Orchid (Orchis purpurea)

Early Purple Orchid (Orchis mascula)

Man Orchid (Orchis anthropophora)

Lizard orchid (Himantoglossum hircinum)

Pyramidal Orchid (Anacamptis pyramidalis)

Aymonin's Orchid (Ophrys aymoninii) - Endemic

Aymonin's Orchid (Ophrys aymoninii)

Aymonin's Orchid (Ophrys aymoninii), the other Cevennes endemic, on Causse Méjean

Aveyron orchid (Ophrys aveyronensis) - Endemic

Woodcock Orchid (Ophrys scolopax)

Early Spider Orchid (Ophrys sphegodes)


WILDFLOWERS - Some of the species photographed in the Cevennes, in alphabetical order


Cevennes Pasque Flower (Pulsatilla rubra subsp. rubra) on the Col de Rey

Alpine Aster (Aster alpinus subsp. cebennis)

Cevennes Butterwort (Pinguicula longifolia ssp caussensis)

Cevennes Gentian (Gentiana clusii subsp. cevennensis)

Cevennes Pasque Flower (Pulsatilla rubra subsp. rubra)

Field Cow-wheat (Melampyrum arvense)

Field Pansy (Viola arvensis)

Field Scabious (Knautia arvensis)

Goatsbeard (Aruncus dioicus)

Greater Broomrape (Orobanche rapum-genistae)

Horseshoe vetch (Hippocrepis comosa)

Italian Catchfly (Silene italica)

Maidenhair Fern (Aleutian maidenhair)

Montpellier Milk Vetch (Astragalus monspessulanus)

Mountain Kidney Vetch (Anthyllis montana)

Mountain Thrift (Armeria maritima subsp alpina)

Nottingham Catchfly (Silene nutans)

Pale Flax (Linum bienne)

Pheasant's Eye (Narcissus poeticus)

Prostrate Speedwell (Veronica prostrata)

Rock Soapwort (Saponaria officinalis)

Sage-leaved Rock Rose (Cistus salviifolius)

Scorpion Vetch (Coronilla emerus)

Solomon's Seal (Polygonatum biflorum)

Southern Wild Tulip (Tulipa sylvestris ssp. australis)

Star-of-Bethlehem (Ornithogalum umbellatum)

Teesdale Violet (Viola rupestris)

Thick-leaved Stonecrop (Sedum dasyphyllum)

Wall Pennywort (Umbilicus rupestris)

Yellow Rattle (Rhinanthus minor)