Monday, 19 August 2019

Postscript! We thought the adult pair in box 1 would be away shortly after their youngster left on the 13th August. Wrong, they are still here after five days on their own - looks like they like it here too much to leave yet!  Here they are in the nest last night:

Wonder how much longer they'll stay?

Wednesday, 14 August 2019

A slight delay in reporting as we've been away for a week but our last remaining young swift finally fledged yesterday leaving just the parents to roost in box 1 last night. I expect they will be away today, so that’s it for this year. Here’s a final view of the two adults yesterday evening.

Here’s hoping our swifts all return next year…watch this space next May!

Thursday, 1 August 2019

The last remaining youngster from box 3 fledged on 29th July but unexpectedly the lone adult was still in residence up to yesterday evening and roosted last night. We wonder if it will be on it's way today? The pair in box 1 are continuing to rear their youngster. We're not exactly sure when it will fledge as we were away when the egg hatched but it should be soon.

Friday, 26 July 2019

We noticed last night that box 3 has had a bit of a clear out. Oh well, it'll save us having to do it at the end of the season! The dead swift has gone, and also, rather surprisingly, the complete nest. It's just like an empty box now with just the adult and the one remaining youngster in it. Maybe they were feeling the heat and just got rid of all the bedding as well!

This morning the youngster in box 3 was at the entrance looking out, I think it'll be away very shortly.

Meanwhile, in box 1 things are the same, the two adults and the one youngster still present, here they are last night:

They were feeling the heat too, the youngster was seen to be gasping at times.

Thursday, 25 July 2019

A quick update. In box 3, one of the two young has now fledged, leaving us with one adult and one youngster. In box 1, both parents are still here as is their  youngster.

Monday, 22 July 2019

Just returned from a few weeks away, so here's the latest update. Box 1's single egg has now hatched (we never did manage to get the second egg back into the nest as one of the parent birds was always in residence). Both parents are still present, thankfully, and the youngster seems to be doing well. Here they are yesterday evening, one parent on each side of the youngster:

We left box 3 with one adult rearing three youngsters, the partner having disappeared quite early on. Sadly this was too much for one bird to cope with and one of the young had obviously died whilst we were away. The other two seem to be doing well though, in fact we thought they probably would have already flown by the time we returned, but they are still here, with the single parent still caring for them.

Here they are yesterday afternoon while the parent is out feeding:

As far as we can tell, none of the other boxes have been visited by other swifts. We live in hope for next year!

Saturday, 29 June 2019

29th June

We had a visit from Dick Newell on the 26th  June, along with his Swift Workshop clients, to see our swifts as part of their talk which Dick gave at Cley Visitor Centre as part of the Swift Awareness Week. We could just about fit them all into our small living room and we were able to show them the three youngsters in box 3 which were on their own at the time of the visit, but luckily the parent bird came in to feed whilst everyone was there so that was nice for them to see. They also saw Box 1 still sitting on their one egg - there are still two adult birds and the second egg is still out of the nest as we haven’t been able to get it back in.  Box 3 youngsters are still making good progress despite only having one parent to feed them, here they are this afternoon, rather fidgetty presumably because they're feeling a bit warm in today's heat!