June 28th- low swallow numbers and swift diary

Jonathan Pomroy

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 Diary
Very little to report at the colony. The non breeding birds have gone leaving the adults to come and go feeding their young. Both chicks are starting to open their eyes. They look prickly, covered in masses of waxy feather sheaths. They have tiny wings now which are starting to sprout those massive wing feathers. The wind has been very strong today but it has been warm enough for the adults to leave their chicks who now have an insulating layer of down on their bodies.

The east coast has seen huge movements of swifts today. Top of the swift movement league was the Filey area where at Muston Sands Mark Pearson and Keith…

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