Tonight however, on my evening slow crawl of a run - still nowhere near pain free, alas - I noticed that there were many more swifts engaged in joyous flight all over their town colonies - there must have been 20 plus on Balderton Gate alone between the hall and takeout joint!
Does this mean fledglings are now among the adults as they hurtle round the sky? I wouldn't know, other than to say that none of the birds have had a juvenile look about them.
I think its more likely that the godforsaken Norwesterlies that have plagued the UK with freezing breezes for most of June have now gone south, and with the warmer air, we've got swifts now able to move up from continental Europe without having to pack two overcoats and an electric blanket.
Perhaps they will stay later into late August or even September!
Also very glad to spot a sand martin nest on the artificial bank of what I always call "Newark Island". Lovely little birds.
Enjoy Newark sunset rather than sunrise.
All images and text copyright CreamCrackeredNature 29.06.15
|Sand martins nesting behind the clump of grass in the middle|
|Fishermen have a camper van tonight|
|How different it looks in the evening|
|Likewise the lock|
|View from the bridge|
|The Barge, a floating pub|
|Hello metal ghost signs!|