Friday, 10 July 2015

July 9th 2015 - Swift Notes

This sketch is from yesterday evenings Swift activity with the red spots indicating observations of birds entering or leaving the nest sites. Please click over to enlarge

Thursday 16th July 2015 - 0845hrs

A single Swift hawking low just above Clawthorpe Hall.

Monday 13th July 2015 0845hrs

(Local) 6 Swifts hawking the skies 75ft above Clawthorpe Hall, this morning

 also vismig = 514 South over Long Nab, Burniston, North Yorks (7-12am)

More Swifts on the go South on Sunday (12th)

91 South West over Berry Hill, Stoke On Trent in 1 hour 20mins
31 South over Bury, Lancashire in 1 hour (pm)
56 South over Whitburn Co. Durham in 5 hours
1779 South over Barmston/Fraisthorpe, East Yorks in 5 hours (am)
217 South over Long Nab, Burniston, East Yorks in 4 hours (am)
753 South over Spurn, East Yorks. (12hrs 5am to 5pm)

Vismig report from Saturday last (11th July 2015)

"Swifts moving west all day yesterday over my area of West Yorkshire with some noted Friday evening as well but was working during the day. Thursday high over the lakeland fell tops,  Swifts into the wind all afternoon. Didn't notice them lower down in the morning. No doubt a combination of a weather move and perhaps younger birds using it to clear out".Dave Barker Oxenhope and whilst walking in the Lakes

Last couple of days: More Swifts heading South

On Saturday 11th: 267 South 0630-1015hrs Long Nab, Burneston, North Yorks.
On Friday 10th:  465 SW 1730-1930hrs Painswick Beacon, Glos
108 SW 1715-1815hrs Whit Hill, Tadcaster North Yorks.

Saturday 11th July 2015 - 1000hrs

3 Swifts flying low and hawking insects above Clawthorpe Hall Area.  Its looking more likely now that perhaps there will be a breeding pair or two somewhere around this area.

Last couple of days: Mass exodus!

Large numbers of Swifts being reported on Thursday going over Leith Hill Dorking, Surrey 5am to 1230hrs 800 birds going out West.  Same day at Painswith Beacon 1800hrs to 2100hrs 1530 birds going out SW. Also this week large amounts of Swifts going either South or South West through Bury, Greater Manchester, Chapel Hill, Yorkshire and Darwen East Lancashire.

Friday 10th July 2015 - 1600hrs

Swift activity again this afternoon over Clawthorpe Hall with screeching birds overhead

Thursday 9th July 2015 - 2000hrs to 2115hrs "Observing Swift Activity along all sites off Main Street, Burton In Kendal.

As usual we met up at the Burton Memorial Hall and tonight's observers were: Reg, Jane, David and myself.  We must have timed it lucky for once because at long last a bird was seen to enter the gable end Cottage site, which is on the same block as the Post Office. Although this site has been used since 2013, we have not seen any birds this year up until tonight.

Tonight the general picture was very quiet with just a maximum of six birds being seen overhead in the skies at various times. And just occasionally a odd bird seem to come from nowhere with no sound and enter one of the outlined nest sites.

Moving on we spent some time at the front of the Royal and we where fortunate to see two further birds at intervals enter into two of the eave level sites on the front low elevation roof.  Also of note was that Reg actually observed a bird entering a old established site (but for the first time this year) to the right hand corner of the front low elevation.

From the Kings rear yard area we made observations from a distance of The Old Bakery large building which looked a ideal candidate for the Swifts.  We did see plenty of activity earlier above the building in a general fashion, yet we never managed to confirm any nest sites although we all agreed it was definately worth ten minutes checking out on a regular basis just to see if they where using it.

Not the warmest of nights with little insect activity, no swift screaming observed tonight. Little seen on low levels unless the birds where approaching or leaving nest sites other than that most birds were at a 75 to 100ft altitude on average.

Here below is a update of the total Burton Sites as it stands to date (2013 to 2015)

Total Swift sites in Burton In Kendal (2013-2015) as of 10th July 2015
(Please click over to enlarge)