Most swifts will be leaving us soon. Enjoy them while you can. Here in North Yorkshire there seem to be quite a few late breeding swifts, delayed no doubt by the cold May and June. My sketch from the nest camera shows two nestlings which will not fledge until mid August.
My new exhibition at this lovely venue opens this weekend.
Coal tits are busy hoarding sunflower seeds from the feeders today. The huge crop of beech mast on local trees has meant fewer have visited us so far this autumn. They are very tame but probably lowest in the pecking order, meaning they have to seize the moment to land and grab a seed.
Great numbers of redwings arriving over Ampleforth this morning, all heading west. Between 7.30am-10.30am I counted at least 750 flying just below the low cloud which covered the village until mid morning. 300 or so dropped to feed in hawthorns giving me stunning views of these Scandinavian thrushes.