Tuesday, 7 August 2018

On Sunday our two young swifts finally left, one in the morning and one late afternoon, leaving just the adult bird to roost Sunday night. The adult bird hasn't returned since, so this is it for this year. Not quite as successful as last year, having reared just five youngsters this year but hopefully this is just a minor blip and we'll be back on track next year. So here's to next year folks, we shall return in the Spring, round about the beginning of May. Thanks for visiting!

Saturday, 4 August 2018

We still have a full house in box 1, with the two youngsters and the one parent still feeding them. They are a bit more lively now, we haven't seen them sitting in the entrance peering out yet, but it shouldn't be long now before they are away. Here they are yesterday, having a good preening session:




The rest of the time they are just resting in the corner of the box. Although the box is in the shade all day I think they must still be feeling the heat a bit and are not doing much in the way of wing excercises yet.

Thursday, 26 July 2018

 Yesterday the final youngster fledged from box 3 and the adults didn't return to roost last night. So that's our box 3 all finished with for the year. Sad to see them go, but happy that they all survived and hopefully will return next year. The single adult is still feeding the two youngsters in box 1 but it won't be long before they are away too!

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Yesterday two of the youngsters from box 3 left. Must have been some time late morning as they were there first thing, peering out of their doorway as usual. So last night there was just one young left in the box to roost with one parent bird. Box 1 are still all present, it will probably be around a week or so before the young are ready to leave. Here is the one remaining swiftlet in box 3 this morning:



 And here are the two youngsters in box 1 this morning:


Monday, 23 July 2018

Box 1 swiftlets are growing fast, here they are looking almost the same size as those in box 3 now.


The just about a week older ones in Box 1 are looking ready to go and have been spending their time doing wing excercises and pushups:


And peering out of the entrance hole:



Here are their three cute little faces looking out of the bottom entrance:




We shall miss them when they're gone!

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

 The situation today is much the same as the last couple of weeks. Box 3 youngsters are still with us but looking like they could go at any time. Box 1 are still being fed by the lone parent and are doing well now. Here are box 1 this afternoon:
 


And here are Box 3, together with both parents briefly...a full house! 



Saturday, 14 July 2018

Some pictures taken this morning of our swiftlets, first box 1:



They're still doing OK. And here are box 3, who are starting to survey the outside world from their entrance hole. Won't be long now before they are away!