Friday, 3 August 2018

Burton Swifts - Thursday 2nd August 2018 week

Monday 20th August 2018 - (Although final observations made at 0715hrs on 23rd August 2018)

I think I can now safely say that our last pair of Swifts and their family will have departed today (Monday 20th August) or thereabouts on their long journey back to Africa, may they have a safe journey and we eagerly await their return on the 4th May 2019. A summary of this years report to follow shortly.

Sunday 19th August 2018 - Main Street

1645hrs  One flying above Morewood and Burton Memorial Hall

Saturday 18th August 2018 - Main Street

A pair seen above the village today (via Jane)

Thursday 16th August 2018 - Main Street

2000hrs One flying high above Memorial Hall

Monday 13th August 2018 - Main Street

2010hrs A single swift above Kings, Manor and Coaching House

Sunday 12th August 2018 - Main Street

2010hrs A single swift above Memorial Hall thought to have come from Royal

Thursday 9th August 2018 - Main Street

2030hrs a single bird above the Kings

Wednesday 8th August 2018 - Main Street

2015hrs  2 birds seen flying above Neddy Hill (Reg and Bryan)

Tuesday 7th August 2018 - Main Street

2030hrs  2 birds seen flying above Kings

Monday 6th August 2018 - Checking out Main Street

Ed Duckett has kindly sent in this photo which shows a "superlarge" collection of Swallows on the telegraph wires near to Clawthorpe Hall, there is well over one hundred and this has been going on now for a day or two. It's usually a sign of group collecting before their long journey, but its rare I have ever seen them collect so early, its usually more to the end of the month and early September.

Photo: Kindly shared by Ed Duckett (Click over to enlarge)

2120hrs - Two birds seen on the Royal. One came out from the front LH corner of the Royal Cottage and another was seen to enter the large slit on the rear annexe of the cottage. (both records were seen by Reg and May Hesketh.

2030hrs - Just a single bird above Memorial Hall.

0900hrs - Just a single bird seen flying above Kings

Sunday 5th August 2018 - Checking out Main Street

2100 to 2130hrs 5 birds flying high between Memorial Hall and Coaching House (Reg and May Hesketh)

2030hrs  4 Swifts seen between Neddy Hill and the Kings

0630hrs  Just a single bird seen flying above Kings

Saturday 4th August 2018 - Checking out Main Street

2030hrs  11 birds present in the skies between Memorial Hall and Royal Hotel.

0930hrs  8 birds in the skies, 6 between Memorial Hall and the Royal with another two between the Kings and the Manor House.

Friday 3rd August 2018 week - Checking Main St

2015hrs  4 birds with two above the area Neddy Hill to the Square, and the other two were between the Kings and the Manor House.

Burton Swifts - Thursday 2nd August 2018 week - Memorial Hall to Royal Hotel

Our Swifts were much reduced to a maximum count of 14 birds which were very active with the best chasing/screaming party of six birds.  Most of the activity was from above the Memorial Hall up to the Royal Hotel areas.

Birds were witnessed going into nest sites in Cocking Yard (either Hangings Farm) or possibly the property further along which has all the ivy covering. Also lots of activity on the rear of the Royal in all the regular sites eg: the return, the large slit hole, the small hole above it, and the very large hole above that.  Also activity was witnessed on the front of the Royal Cottage with a bird entering the nest site to the far left hand side.  Also chicks could be heard from one of the nest sites to the right hand elevations.

Tonight's observers included: Reg and May Hesketh, Sue Miles, Angela Sumner, Bryan Yorke

There is NO meeting this Thursday (9th August 2018)

Thanks to everyone who attended our weekly watches during 2018. A final summary of the "outcome" will be published on this site over the coming days