It will not be long before the Swallows and Housemartins at one of "my" many Swallows sites will move off, in fact of the sites I visited yesterday in dubious light in my records they should be leaving any day now. Looking through the four years of records I have on this site shows the following dates and numbers of birds: 25th August 2010: circa 59, 28th August 2011 circa 45 birds, 23rd August 2012 circa 35 birds, 25th August 2013 circa 42 birds. So for birds =Swallows and circa well it is unless doing counting at the nest site near impossible to count every bird, what I do at this site is wait for them to perch up on a telegraph pole/wire and count them and then try and count every bird left flying, not easy. Last night I managed to count 49 birds on the wire a mixture of juvenile and adults and circa 10 feeding up/flying around. I reckon these will be gone after the weekend, though there are a few signs not all will go and one bird in particular worries me.
The biggest problem for me at this site are the rather curious but docile bull and cows which obviously help provide a lot of food for the swallows and has helped the swallows to have three broods and boosted numbers to when I first started watching the swallows here. But a pain in the backside when trying to photograph them as they dodge a heffer or two or when the cows like the sound of my camera and come and stand in front of me, ever tried mooving a cow...sorry.
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So could this be the latest date of departure I put in my record's. One other positive from this site is the number of Mistle Thrush, despite and eager Buzzard taking a fancy to them, there was a total of 23 birds (juvenile and adults) with what I know of 6 nest sites. I am partial to Mistle and Song Thrush so to see so many on the site was great but a pain as I can't get near them at the moment with the camera.....yet!