bird behaviour, Sketchbook

First big Swallow arrival

The last two or three days has seen the first large congregation of Swallows over our local lake. But today at 3pm, with the temperature at just 6 celsius and very heavy rain about 70 were seen feeding millimetres above the surface of the water flying past Coots and Tufted Duck, their plumage fluffed up to protect them against the cold. I have yet to see any back at breeding sites locally, instead in the cold conditions they congregate where their flying insect food is most abundant at Newburgh Priory Lake. With them a single House Martin and a single Sand Martin.

Swallow in cold weather- watercolour in sketchbook

1 thought on “First big Swallow arrival”

  1. I love your waterclours and photographs. I am concerned that no swallows have been sited this year yat in the Glasgow area where I live. Last year we saw the first on 8th April. I have been trying to gleen information about their appearance in other parts of the country with no success until I saw your webpage. I’ll keep watching.

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