The survey of Tisbury's swifts that began on 8 July is coming gradually to its end with the likely departure of our swifts over the next few days. Meanwhile, the screaming parties overhead are rowdier than ever, as in this morning's video (to view it best, click bottom right to expand to full screen).
It's been a weird season - the first fledging we know of was on 29 June, which is very early. But young were still calling from a nest site in Lady Down View yesterday evening. Let's hope they're not deserted by their parents - there must be zillions of insects around in this warm and humid weather.
But just in case one does decide to take matters prematurely onto its own wings, don't forget the guidelines I posted earlier, here. And that if you can't take the bird to the Wildlife Hospital yourself, ring me on 07831 253616.
Photo: Avocets (Izzy Fry)
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