Having caught a glimpse of himself in the mirrors in the toilet block at Westonbirt Arboretum, one male swallow has decided he certainly doesn't like what he sees. In fact, the problem has become so bad that the offending mirrors have had to be removed!
Our man on the ground, James Chen, thinks it's a case of mistaken identity:
“Many male birds attack reflections of themselves, believing they are fending off a rival male. The male swallow that took up residence in Westonbirt’s toilet block was so determined to defend his honour, the Forestry Commission sensibly decided the mirrors had to come down. He seemed on a mission to self-destruct, and would have left his partner with lots of hungry mouths to feed.”
The swallow chicks have only just fledged so if you need to use the facilities whilst you're there make sure you keep an eye out for them. But don't hang around too long because you might upset the parents and the male is obviously a bird you don't want to mess with!
It looks as if Bynack is determined to cling onto EJ's apron strings for as long as possible in this week's installment from Loch Garten. Not just that, but there's tales of a 25 inch whopper and a high speed chase involving a trout to keep you entertained too.
It's not been the best of starts for our Shear madness event at Borth Beach. The typical British summer time meant the first day was a complete wash out! The weather eased off a little on Tuesday so the team managed to get the marquee up, but only just. Luckily the birds weren't put off by the weather!
Things have improved over the last couple of days with plenty of birds to see, including gannets, terns and some Manx shearwaters, but we're still waiting on the big one. The feeding frenzy was reported up at Barmouth earlier in the week and it can move up and down the coast, so fingers crossed for next week!