September-December 2016

September-December 2016
September-December 2016
September-December 2016

A continual problem over the last few years has been the number of walkers calling at the refuge who simply have no idea where they are or where they have left their car! They have no map, and seem content to walk in the mountains in the hope that they will find their way. This problem has been much reduced this year as the local communes have put a good deal of effort into providing signposts at important junctions to indicate directions and the walking time.
The Autumn brings some colourful local festivals to the area of coast in front of the Refuge, including a festival of latines (the fishing sailing boats found throughout the Mediterranean) and the wine harvest festival in Banyuls in early October at which the whole beach is filled with visitors enjoying a barbecue,some late sunshine and of course the local wines.
By late August migration of birds is well under way, the bee-eaters trilling as they pass in front of the terrace. This year there was again a reverse migration of booted eagles – I saw over 20 together passing in front of the house, going from south to north. Apparently they continue to Italy and then migrate south to Africa, but nobody knows why they do this, and it happens only every five years or so. I also saw good views of an immature golden eagle – only the third I have seen from the refuge.
By mid November the weather changed, after a warm few weeks, and the visitors had gone .Life resumed a more sedate pace as the winter approached.