Before I reveal the second of my two recent firsts (that being the bird (species) that I saw for the very first time (ever) in the Swinley Forest t'other day) - I thought I'd quickly draw your attention to the below - something I was alerted to by the BTO a few days ago.
Please do take the time to watch both short video clips and visit the hyperlink provided - quite the eye openers.
The best birds of all.
And I miss them dreadfully, already.
Large movements of Swifts moving east along the south coast of Britain are a well known phenomenon, occurring between mid June and mid July. Counts during these movements can regularly exceed 10,000 birds. The origin of these is unknown, but the general consensus appears to be that the majority of Swifts noted are likely non-breeding adults and immatures.
This year a large passage was noted between 27–29 June, especially at sites in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. At least 16,000 Swifts were counted moving south on 28 June, but it was the following day that broke all records with over 46,000 noted at Gibraltar Point, Lincolnshire. The latter count represents a new British record, and video footage from the site gives an impression of the incredible numbers involved.