About a dozen Swifts screaming through the gardens during the late morning, just above head height. Saw an article on the BBC website about five minutes later about the decline in Swift numbers. According to the RSPB the low-flying, screaming behaviour means that the birds are breeding close by and they are collecting reports to fill out their records. Sent in a contribution.
Saw a bat flying over the garden for the first time, at about 10.30 pm last night. The bat detector identified it as a common pipistrelle.
Clear morning at 6.30 am, then clouds/fog suddenly appeared from the north, moving very fast. No breeze whatsoever at ground level – every leaf perfectly still and the sun looking like a full moon through the haze. Swifts flying very low though the back gardens, barely skimming the tops of the fences, and a Great Spotted Woodpecker in a neighbour’s rowan tree.
Spotted a hedgehog on the garden path at about twenty-past four this morning – the first one I’ve seen here.