Sunday, July 03, 2016

Cold Edge

This afternoon, tricky up there on the strong and blustery westerly though it was sunny and hot.
1 Little Grebe on the lower pond
1 Moorhen on the top pond
No waders at all though a scattering of Linnets, Goldfinches, Meadow Pipits, Swifts and Swallows
1 Willow Warbler still singing
1 Grey Wagtail flyover >SW
Blackbirds still feeding young

All the photo's I got of this individual Swift this afternoon (and this is the best) show an enlarged throat - I wonder if this is just a full crop ready for returning to the nest ? I have never seen (or noticed) this before with Swifts - has anyone else ?

Apart from that, just 1 Small Heath butterfly and 3 Large Skippers on thistles by the small plantation


Brian Sumner . said...

As you say Dave, probably taking a pouch full of flies back to young. Bet you were dizzy snapping Swifts, I usually delete 99 and get one half decent shot.

David Sutcliffe said...

Quite an art in getting good shots of Swifts _ will keep trying to improve.

ChrisJB said...

Yes, I've seen a few swift pictures with colossally distended throats before.