June 21st- swift solstice

Originally posted on Jonathan Pomroy:
As big southerly movements of swifts were recorded down the east coast of Yorkshire over the last two days the non breeding birds have been absent from this area. However yesterday evening, the lightest and longest of the year some swifts appeared and performed some awe inspiring flypasts. Up to four carried out high speed turning passes by the nest… Continue reading June 21st- swift solstice

June 23rd- marsh hoverfly, azure blue and swift diary

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Our new pond is quite simply a joy. Tolly spotted some interesting and beautiful new species today. The first two pond skaters arrived. We enjoyed watching some marsh hoverflies, their larvae develop in water. They bask on leaves close to the water, a beautiful species with bold black and gold markings. But the real show stopper was our first azure… Continue reading June 23rd- marsh hoverfly, azure blue and swift diary

June 23rd- 100+ swift flypasts!

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The warm weather has brought the best swift watching of the year so far. To think two days ago I was wondering where they were. As our breeding pair continue feeding their two chicks, the younger one, two and three year old birds are speeding round outside. The youngest of these have returned here quite recently and they really mix… Continue reading June 23rd- 100+ swift flypasts!

25th June- young kestrels, a very warm Holbeck walk and 72 swift flypasts!

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Tolly and I had a very warm walk along the Holbeck, our most regular walk since lockdown began. We have seen so much change since early April and today’s walk saw us walking through a high summer landscape. The wild cherries are covered in fruit already. We paused to smell the wild roses which will fade soon. Elderflower is fading… Continue reading 25th June- young kestrels, a very warm Holbeck walk and 72 swift flypasts!

June 26th- curlew and swifts at dawn and house martins in nest box

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I was woken again at dawn. The dawn chorus is surprisingly strong still. Robins have all but stopped singing now but blackbird and song thrush alike are still singing vigorously at about 3.30am. I went out into the garden at 4am hoping to see the first swift flypasts. It is a wonderful, peaceful time, fresh with a chance to witness… Continue reading June 26th- curlew and swifts at dawn and house martins in nest box

June 27th- hobbies feeding and swift diary

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Another day of breathtaking swift activity. Countless high speed passes and flying at the nest box entrance holes very fast before peeling off in a split second. We have had far more activity this year than last, possibly because our breeding pair is more experienced and their young are much older than on this date last year. I hope this… Continue reading June 27th- hobbies feeding and swift diary

June 28th- low swallow numbers and swift diary

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I am hearing of so many collapsed or diminished swallow colonies. I can think of several nest sites where they no longer nest. To hear so many people reporting low numbers is very worrying. Swift DiaryVery little to report at the colony. The non breeding birds have gone leaving the adults to come and go feeding their young. Both chicks… Continue reading June 28th- low swallow numbers and swift diary