bird behaviour, SWIFT DIARY 2013

Swift news

Around 9th June our partial albino male swift went missing, presumed dead. He left two eggs and a mate who soon stopped incubation duties. Three days ago she attracted another mate and the eggs were moved out of the nest cup. The question is, will she have time to lay another clutch this summer?

One of the last images of our partial albino male swift, screaming at some potential rivals.
One of the last images of our partial albino male swift, screaming at some potential rivals.
New swift pair, one bird yawning showing the massive gape.
New swift pair, one bird yawning showing the massive gape.
Swift pair mutually preening each other- 15th June.
Swift pair mutually preening each other- 15th June.
bird behaviour

House Martin nest construction

Some House Martins started to build a nest on our house on 1st June and finished on 12th June. This was a dry period of weather so I had to top up the puddle, where they collected the mud pellets, on a daily basis. Here is how they did it.hm1??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????P1060448P1060456P1060519P1060528P1060665The end product on 12th June! The nest was constructed by both birds. Some photographs show the darker mud which is still damp.These bands indicate a day’s work.

All photographs copyright Jonathan Pomroy 2013

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New signed limited edition prints

Ampleforth Abbey in October
Ampleforth Abbey in October- printed area 413mm x 300mm £75
Byland Abbey and winter floods- printed area 400mm x 272mm  £75
Byland Abbey and winter floods- printed area 400mm x 272mm £75
Lapwings resting
Lapwings resting- printed area 400mm x 227mm £75
Waxwings
Waxwings in birch- printed area 350mm x 293mm £75

I have just produced a range of limited edition Giclee prints with Nidd Imaging,North Yorkshire. They are now available to buy unframed. To order please email jonathan@pomroy.plus.com.

Butterflies and moths

Duke of Burgundy Fritillaries

Duke of Burgundy fritillary- copyright Jonathan Pomroy 2013
Duke of Burgundy fritillary- copyright Jonathan Pomroy 2013
Duke of Burgundy fritillary- copyright Jonathan Pomroy 2013
Duke of Burgundy fritillary- copyright Jonathan Pomroy 2013
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Duke of Burgundy fritillary and primrose- copyright Jonathan Pomroy 2013

On a glorious June morning my one year old son and I spent a couple of hours at a site on the edge of the North York Moors watching Duke of Burgundy fritillaries. These rare little butterflies are only about an inch across and lay their eggs on primrose leaves. I very surprised to find the primroses at their flowering peak, a measure of how late this spring is. At least three male Redstarts were heard singing nearby. Add to this the sound of Curlews, a very beautiful place indeed.