July 5th- blue tits and swift diary

Jonathan Pomroy

I spent some time sketching young blue tits on the feeder outside the studio today. There are reasonable numbers around but I hope the wider population did better than ours who only fledged three out of six young from the nest box.

The wind today was was very unsettling. The buddleia has lost quite a few branches. I suspect there will be some large branches down in the woods. I watched the tops of trees in Gilling Woods swaying quite violently at times. The swifts came and went feeding their young, but seeing them was difficult. Unless you happen to be in the garden when one returns from a food gathering foray you miss them. I watched one approach the nest box down wind. Incredible flying with all the currents and complex air flows created by strong winds around structures. Once clear of obstructions they seem to take flying in…

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