Friday, 25 July 2014

swallow success

Last night we made our first autumn visit to a local swallow roost and caught 98 birds, all of which were juveniles, including a few which were still growing their wing feathers and had just fledged. A good indication of quite a good breeding season for swallows although a few people have been reporting slightly lower numbers at their farms and on Skokholm only two successful breeding pairs which is half of the numbers in 2013.
Along with the swallows a small number of sedge warblers and a couple of reed warblers were caught in he single net so the marsh must be full of them at the moment.

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