I visited the patch quite early this morning and headed for the hides. The four swallow chicks in the little hide have fledged, but are returning to the to be fed by the adults. They are so used to people in the hide, they didn't move, even when the hide was full.
|Still at home - hanging around waiting to be fed. I ringed these birds on nine days ago|
|I wonder if all four of them will squeeze back in here tonight?|
|spot the imposter|
I popped back to the patch this evening and had a look out from the Budge screen. There were at least five, maybe six ruff, a green sandpiper, three greenshank, one redshank, a few snipe and 14 curlew on the adjacent fields. Three or four late swifts moved through in a generally southerly direction.
There were a lot of hirrundines over the pools and later, at dusk, lots of swallows were around the concrete block house - I wonder if they roost in there?
|swallows at dusk by the blockhouse|
|Apocalyptic skies over Widdrington|
|iPhone-scoped shot of the Casp|