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Posted By: GUEST,Jonny Sunshine
22-May-09 - 02:49 PM
Thread Name: BS: Birdwatching 2009
Subject: RE: BS: Birdwatching 2009
Haven't checked this thread for a while, a few things to share.

Saw my first swifts early on May morning during the festivities here in Oxford, the band on the steps of the Bodlean library had just played Sumer is Icumen In, when over went a swift, a moment to treasure. Normally I see them in the last few days of April, but they're always here by Mayday. The other night around 40 or so were high up above our house flying round in a tight circle screaming away, sounds like they're having the time of their lives. Always been my favourite bird, having grown up sharing a house with a family of noisy swifts, who used to dart down the alley between us and the neighbours, occasionally they'd fly in the upstairs windows and we'd have to let them out.

Those of an ornithological disposition may already know that Oxford is home to one of the most studied colonies of birds, the swifts in the tower of the natural history museum. There's a live webcam here, though they're considerably less interesting to watch on the nest!

My first cuckoo of the year (and only so far) flew over our back gate the other day, singing as it went. A pretty bird, you know. there must be a song in that.. ;-)

Today I arrived home to be greeted by the sight of a family of great tits (please no puns) in our back garden. The young ones were very approachable, obviously haven't learned to distrust humans yet!