A huge arrival of Swifts today. Large numbers had been held up by the recent cool weather. With the change to warm weather the ‘flood gates’ have opened and the sky is full of Swifts. Pairs are reforming in the nest boxes giving spectacular views as the approach inches from my face. I sat outside on the lawn and drew directly with my squirrel mop brush loaded with sepia watercolour. Such a joy to study that wonderful shape again and to hear them ‘screaming’ through a cloudless blue sky.
With the temperature at 3c and a very gusty onshore Northerly wind bringing sleet showers I thought that today’s en plein air hazards were clear cut. Always expect the unexpected when painting outside and never wander far from your painting! 22″x15″ watercolour of Whitby from Sandsend. Some wonderful skies today. Message me if you want a watercolour by me and a female Mallard!
See these and many other original paintings at BIRDFAIR 2015, Rutland Water in marquee 1 stand 25 from 21st- 23rd August. Prints and cards also available.
We still have six pairs of swifts feeding young. Unusual but not surprising given the adverse weather in May and June.
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.