Sunday, 25 June 2017

White swallow!

Thanks to Ian Graham at Slebech for letting us view his swallow brood this evening. The brood contains 3 normal-looking well grown nestlings (soon to fledge) but one that is leucistic. It's plumage appears to be white but with a dark eye - it certainly stands out from the others.

With pink magpies and white swallows - what is the ornithological world coming to!

It was also nice to confirm not less than 2, and probably 3, singing male yellowhammers on superb-looking hedgerow habitat nest-sites on his land. We wonder if, by being close to pheasant-rearing areas on a neighbouring estate, the local yellowhammer population might be gaining some benefit in winter from extra food resources that still sustain them here.