Going home

Swift numbers have fallen over the last couple of days – still two or three about last night. but they will be heading home now. I’ll miss their screeching in the evenings. The new born swifts wil now stay on the wing – eating and sleeping too – without a break for two or three years!

House martins were about last night, but they don’t seem to have taken up residence in the palatial box we provided for them. Next year we will have to fit it out with carpets and fleecy blankets.

Lots of bats about at dusk yesterday – but I’m afraid I don’t know one from another! Moth trap has had poor results in recent nights – maybe because of the bats!! (Don’t forget – National Moth Night this weekend – look on the butterfly conservation website for details of events).

Holly blues are dipping in and out of the brambles this morning and there are clouds of large whites, small whites and green veined whites on a clump of betony.

Sad to see a dead badger on a verge just outside Kineton.

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