Friday, 20 May 2016
Burton Swift Watch - Thursday 19th May 2016 week
Thursday 19th May 2016 - Main Street, Burton In Kendal 2000hrs to 2100hrs
It was a great pleasure to be having our very first Swift watch of the year and so pleasing to see how well it was attended.
We are this year covering new ground in so much that we are starting the observations a couple of weeks earlier than in past years. So we are not sure just what to expect.
We checked out all the regular sites calling off briefly at each. We struggled counting the very fragmented Swifts giving off their usual aerial displays and although some screaming was heard, there was very little of it. However we did manage to tally up seven birds in total.
Our first true confirmed nesting came from the rear annexe on the Royal Hotel Cottage where again they were using one of the long established sites. We first witnessed a bird leaving the hole and then shortly after we saw a bird return to the site and about five minutes later was fortunate to see a second bird attend the same nest site.
Moving on our next confirmed encounter was on the front of the Manor House where we where lucky enough to see a bird entering again a long established nest site.
This concluded our observations for the evening and we have planned to meet up again next Thursday at 2000hrs when all persons interested in watching the Swifts will be very welcome.
NEXT SWIFT MEETING: THURSDAY 26th MAY 2016 - 2000hrs BURTON MEMORIAL HALL - EVERYBODY WELCOME