Five days and three new species nicely sums up the latest developments on patch. The first came on Monday evening with two Bullfinches along the wooded section of Birch Rock tramway, a nice find and the final ‘common’ bird that I considered lacking from this years list. From here on it gets much more difficult as I’m down to species I’ve either only seen here once or twice or not at all. The next few months should be very interesting indeed.

P1040850 - Stonechat, Cefn Drum

 Stonechat on Cefn Drum

My second new find came on Wednesday evening in the shape of two Swifts swooping low over the back garden. I’d seen several a few hours earlier down at the river Loughor and had surmised that it wouldn’t be long until they were back in our village. I guess they were even more eager to get here than I’d first anticipated! They were there again tonight though this time in the company of a couple of Swallows and at least six House Martins (new species number three). What a fantastic and uplifting sight.

P1040859 - Birch Rock Tramway

While on the subject of hirundines I spent a delightful few minutes watching a pair of Swallows hawking for insects in the narrow cutting below Cwmdulais cottages on Monday. As the sun broke through the new leaf cover it produced some fantastic lighting which showed pefectly the abundance of insects that have now emerged.

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Sondra · May 18, 2013 at 1:57 am

Thats a Super photo of the stonechat!!Swifts are super to watch…someone described them as flying cigars…Good Luck with your Patchwork challenge!

holdingmoments · May 20, 2013 at 10:06 am

Love the shot of the Stonechat, and the light in the second is fantastic.

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