Friday, 24 June 2022

 A short video taken this morning of our three young swifts. They're all doing well, their eyes are not quite open yet. Still no other swifts visiting any of our other nestboxes.



Monday, 20 June 2022

Young swifts doing well

 
Our swift chicks are all doing well so far, there are definitely three there. Their eyes are not yet open but it shouldn't be long now before they are. The parents are attending to them well too so we hope that they will all survive to adulthood. Here is a short video taken today:


 
So far no other swifts have been doing flypasts or entering any of the other boxes.

Wednesday, 15 June 2022

New Swifts

 Hooray, this morning our swift eggs hatched. We've been able to get a short glimpse and have seen only two of the young when the adults have been doing their changeover but hopefully the third one is there as well. So all looking good so far, they seem to have got it just right this year, so here's hoping that one of the adults doens't get nobbled by a hobby.




Saturday, 4 June 2022

 A brief update, we still have the pair in Box 3 sitting on three eggs. Sadly though we haven't had any  visitors to any of the other nestboxes. Our pair seem very much out on their own here on the edge of the village and so far we haven't had any flypasts of other swifts from the neighbourhood...if there are any! Hopefully we might get some interest from a second wave of swifts -  if the weather brightens up a bit... which seems equally unlikely....

Saturday, 28 May 2022

A third egg.

28th May. We now have a third egg in Box 3. Incubation will start in serious now, so about 20 or so days will take us up to around the 17th June. Let's hope it all goes to plan!

Wednesday, 25 May 2022

 Yesterday the pair in Box 3 laid a second egg.  We're now hoping that tomorrow they may lay a third!



Sunday, 22 May 2022

We have an egg!

 Our resident pair are still in Box 3 and the good news is that this morning they laid an egg. Hooray, it looks like they are serious about it this year. Here’s hoping that there are a couple more eggs to come then they can start incubating. In this short video you may be able to catch a glimpse of the egg centre picture whilst the birds are shuffling about


…and we hope that unlike last year, the egg will actually stay in the nest and not get chucked out. We also hope that the hobbys keep away, the last thing we went is that one of the adults gets taken by one. Watch this space! 

Here is another video filmed shortly afterwards, one of the swifts had been out flying with two other swifts
and had just returned and here you can see the changeover and the egg in the middle of the nest.