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July 14th- siskins, crossbills and swift diary

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We have a constant flock of siskins in the back gardens of our road still. They are very discrete. Occasionally a male bursts into song and performs a display flight, but generally they feed very quietly. They use their agility to hang from the leaves to feed on the aphids that hide underneath. I predict that later in the winter… Continue reading July 14th- siskins, crossbills and swift diary

July 16th- beauty and the beast

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What a contrast! Stunning views of an adult male kingfisher at Ampleforth Lake today followed by a sighting of a pale giant horse fly drinking from our garden pond. One can only imagine how tough the mouth parts of this horse fly are to bite through cow hide. But what an impressive flier with those spitfire shaped wings, which make… Continue reading July 16th- beauty and the beast

July 17th- little owl and swift diary

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Swift Diary This has been the day many swift watchers have been waiting for. The yearlings are back and performing around colonies. Older non breeding birds are cruising round in pairs looking at potential nest sites. The flying display has been spectacular today. I spent some time sat on the lawn with the watercolours sketching the dramatic aerodynamic shapes they… Continue reading July 17th- little owl and swift diary

July 18th- house martins hatch and another rescued swift

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I have just returned from Wetherby services by the A1M where I met Martin Calvert of Leeds Swifts to hand over a young swift found in Helmsley. It is about 32 days old and malnourished. Yet another reminder of what a poor summer this has been for swifts. As I have said before, those we find will be the tip… Continue reading July 18th- house martins hatch and another rescued swift

19th July- hobby and swift diary

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A hobby coasted through the village this morning. The house martins and swifts reacted quickly . The house martins bunched up high but the swifts rally quickly and position themselves quite close behind the hobby, flying directly in its wake. They are well aware of the deadly capacity of this beautiful falcon. I once watched a hobby take a swift… Continue reading 19th July- hobby and swift diary

July 20th- a day of swift days and comet Neowise

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I stayed up until 3.15 this morning, mesmerised by the night sky. I woke up my 8 year old son who joined me between midnight and 1am. We had fun navigating our way around the night sky. My birding scope was great for seeing the comet, though due to field of view I think binoculars gave a better overall impression.… Continue reading July 20th- a day of swift days and comet Neowise

July 21st- problematic tree sparrows and swift diary

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We have with a very large population of tree sparrows in Gilling. Now don’t get me wrong, I love tree sparrows and they are a favourite sketching subject. We were lucky to have a pair nest in our garden in Hungerford when I was a child. I remember realising one day with my new binoculars that they were tree sparrows,… Continue reading July 21st- problematic tree sparrows and swift diary