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!


Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Nothing much has changed over the last few days. There has also been little sign of any new swifts prospecting, in fact it's been extremely quiet, with just our own swifts coming in to feed the youngsters briefly and then zooming off again, in fact we hardly see them too. Here are the youngsters in box 1, they don't seem to have put on much growth, although they are starting to lose their downy feathers now:



And here are box 3 with one of the adults, they look almost fully grown now although they're only a week older than box 1, but they still have both parents coming in to feed them:



If we don't get any prospectors in the next few days/weeks I should think there's little hope for next year now that we are down to only one-and-a-half pairs.

Thursday, 5 July 2018

Thought you'd like to see some video of our youngsters this morning, whilst the parents are out. First up, Box 3 who are growing really well:




And here are the two in Box 1. Notice the difference in size between the two families, Box 1 are considerably smaller, although being roughly a week younger than those in Box 3. Maybe their growth has slowed a bit as they're only being fed by the one parent now?


Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Well, it seems that one of the adults in box 1 really has gone missing, and the other adult is carrying on, on it's own. Thank goodness they only had the two young, I think it would have had trouble keeping up with three. We still have a full house in box 3 though, with the youngsters continuing to grow and both parents feeding them. Let's hope one of those doesn't go missing as well....

Sunday, 1 July 2018

We were a bit disappointed last night to see that one of the adults in box 1 did not return at dusk to roost. Hoping it was just having a wild night out on the town and will return today! But it's reminiscent of last year's sudden disappearance - the remaining adult carryied on, on it's own, to raise the two youngsters. Box 3 adults were both present last night though.

Saturday, 30 June 2018

Still just got the two pairs with young swiftlets, although we have had some prospectors to boxes 2 and 5 but these haven't roosted as yet. Here are some videos taken yesterday evening at dusk as the parent birds came back for the night. Box 1 parents feeding the youngsters:



And Box 3 parents feeding their youngsters - the second parent comes in part way through the video to help out with the feeding...notice the difference in size between the two sets of swiftlets!





Wednesday, 27 June 2018

I've been away for a week, but it's all been happening whilst I've been away. Box 1 eggs hatched out, a few days later than we thought they would but they got there in the end, it looks like there are two young swiftlets in there in this video:



Meanwhile, the youngsters in box 3 seem to have doubled in size almost, and we see that there are now three in there and not the two that we supposed previously, so that's good news!


And yesterday we had a prospector in box 2 - it didn't stop the night but it's a start....