A very quick blog today. In the last 24 hours three people have phoned me with news of fallen swift chicks. One chick has died, a second I have just driven to Wetherby Services on the A1 to hand over to Linda Jenkinson of Start Birding, Leeds for care. Sadly this seems to be a widespread occurrence across North Yorkshire and of course those found will be the tip of the iceberg. The weather is much better now and has been since Saturday, but it seems this will be too late for many young swifts.
I managed a watercolour of the sky at 9.17pm yesterday. There was an arrival of swifts who probably mingled with some breeding birds and older non breeders to form this large screaming party. I suspect that swifts from different local colonies are starting to merge a bit in the evening now was we fast approach departure time for the main population of swifts.
Towards dusk a party of fifteen flew low level past the eaves. Extraordinary sight and sound.