Saturday, 22 August 2015

2015 - BURTON SWIFT RECORDS (Summary)



This sketch summarizes the situation for the 2015 Swift Watches


First Swift Arrival date

4th May 2015 when four birds arrived and built in numbers over the coming week.

Total Number of Swift Nest Sites recorded

20 in total this year (18 off Main Street and probably 2 at Clawthorpe). Over three years recording we have recorded no less than 25 different nest sites having been used within Burton.

Number of new sites recorded in 2015

4

Largest amount of birds recorded at watches

28 on the 16th July 2015

Breeding Estimates: 

From the amount of nest sites (20) and presuming all nest sites had 2 chicks and then allowing for problems we think Burton will have produced a minimum of at least 30 young birds this year. (approx estimation)

Fatalities (known)

1  young bird died later, after hitting either wires or walls near to David Craig's house


Swift Vacation lead up dates

The bulk of birds departed on the 29th or 30th July 2015, then a further 12 birds (approx) left on Saturday 8th August 2015 and the final sighting was of a single bird at 1115hrs flying over Neddy Hill on the 16th August 2015.

Last nest vacated

It is thought the last nest sites to vacate were the one on the Gable Cottage on the Post Office Row, and also one of the nest within Cocking Yard.

Observers during 2015 included:

Reg Hesketh, Jane Phillips, David Craig, Bryan Yorke, Paula and David McConnell, Tanya and Edmund Hoare (Sedbergh Swifts), Karen Lloyd (Kendal Swifts), Mary and Paul Bullimore.

Below is a sketch of Recorded Nest Sites

The 2015 new sites are marked in yellow





(Click over sketch to enlarge)

THANK YOU FOR CHECKING US OUT AND PLEASE RETURN AGAIN NEXT YEAR...... EXPECT SWIFT ACTIVITY FROM  4th MAY 2016.......


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