June 27th- hobbies feeding and swift diary

Jonathan Pomroy

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 means we may see another pair established this year or next. It is still possible for a pair to enter a nest box and build a nest ready for next year. Not all swifts do this. Others pair up and start to build a nest in May to breed in that year.

At dusk we had a pair of hobbies feeding over the field north of our house. They were finding insects, presumably moths or beatles and eating them held in their feet as they cruised around slowly. Hobbies have relatively…

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