Friday, 29 August 2014

Dawn Patrol

Gave it a good go from 6 this morning. Winds not favourable and backed up by empty bushes!          
Made it down to "Old Hive" to see if the Sand Martins were still around. Most seem t have left now but there are still some juveniles in burrows...


Here's the full colony...



Time for a es/guesstimate. I reckon there's at least 50 occupied burrows...therefore 50 pairs. Every burrow I've seen young in has two fledglings.

=  c300

Another much appreciated local breeder. It seems to have been a bumper breeding season for many species including the humble House Sparrow. Many large post-breeding flocks in the villages around here. They bred in our porch!

Once I was back in the village I scanned the plough. Great Wheatear habitat...

At least 6 birds present this morning

On returning home I could hear the sound of Swallows...lots of Swallows. A decent group of obvious migrants were resting up on the Cottage roof...


Sometimes there's interest right on your doorstep/roof!

3 comments:

Steve Smith said...

Hi Alan,
50 pairs (with 2 chicks) = 100 adults & 100 chicks. Therefore, c200 birds.

Steve S

Alan Whitehead said...

Hi Steve, Glad someone's reading this! That's what 10 days at work does to your brain! lol

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