Friday, 31 July 2015

July 31st 2015 Swift Notes

Swift Observations 30th July 2015 - Main Street, Burton In Kendal (Click over sketch to enlarge)

Thursday 6th August 2015 - Above Main Street, Burton In Kendal

2000hrs to 2100hrs 6 birds seen above Neddy Hill area.
1700hrs No birds seen

Wednesday 5th August 2015 - Above Main Street, Burton In Kendal

2030hrs  At least 15 plus between Neddy Hill and over Royal, some chasing one another in follow my leader fashion. Could have been more birds - seemed local - light drizzly rain - ideal feeding conditions.
1215hrs  One Swift seen Neddy Hill then making its way down over Manor Hse and out of sight.

Tuesday 4th August 2015 - Above Main Street, Burton In Kendal

1230hrs at least 8 birds hawking over the River Kent at Kendal.
1800hrs One Swift seen hawking above Neddy Hill and area towards Kings

Monday 3rd August 2015 - Above Main Street, Burton in Kendal

2100hrs - 15 Swifts above Memorial Hall, Royal areas, looked local with behaviour, though difficult to tell whether some of these are movers joining in. Will be interesting to see if there are more showing tomorrow.
1400hrs - One Swift to South over Burton Square (local bird)

Sunday 2nd August 2015 - Above Main Street, Burton in Kendal

2100hrs - Four Swifts high above Neddy Hill
1600hrs - One Swift hawking above Royal Hotel
1000hrs - Three Swifts (could well have been more) hawking the skies at intermediate height between Royal and Manor.

Saturday 1st August 2015 - Above Main Street, Burton in Kendal

1715hrs - Two Swifts seen high over back of Royal area
1200hrs - Two Swifts seen high over Post Office area

Also recorded from Painswick Beacon in Gloucester 1478 Swifts heading South over 6 1/2 hours AM.

Friday 31st July 2015 - Above Main Street, Burton in Kendal

1715hrs - Two Swifts seen between Royal and Manor.  Also one seen to leave nest at Gable Cottage on same row as Post Office.

1400hrs - Three Swifts seen hawking the skies

Also 1345hrs Could not see any Swifts over Carnforth

Thursday 30th July 2015 - Swift Observations down Main Street, Burton In Kendal 2000hrs to 2045hrs.

Right from the start very little was seen in the skies with just a pair flying above the Memorial Hall but as we checked out further sites the Swift numbers gradually built to a maximum of seven birds.

Tonight I was joined by David Craig, and we checked out most of the regular nest sites, but there did not seem to be any low down activity noticed, all the birds we saw where catching insects well up in the sky.

Just to save the day on our way back home, noticed a single bird leaving its nest on the Gable cottage on the Post Office row.  Ironically this site was also one of the last sites occupied last year as well.

There seemed a sort of "quiet" as though it was saying that most of the birds may have already departed back to Africa.  After all it usually is between now and anytime up to the 10th August that they will depart. Just checking our notes and the majority left last year on or about the same time the 30th and 31st July.

I think next week may well be our last "observation" night, we'll see what this week brings. I am hoping to do a brief daily check and will report any findings above.

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