Welcome back folks, Cley Swifts is now 'live' again for 2020 (optimistically)! Over the winter Box 1 was looking a little past it so I decided to make a replacement. This time out of pine, painted with Cuprinol on the outside and then varnished several times with exterior varnish and some roofing felt on the top. Hopefully it'll outlive us now! It's exactly the same size, position and using the same screw holes as the previous Box 1. However it was a bit heavier than the previous one and I really didn't think I should be going up ladders any more, so I 'got a man in' to do it.Which he did, no bother at all and now it's up and ready for our hopefully returning swifts. We spent last week getting the cameras into the boxes and the wires through the windows and it's all plugged in and ready to go.
Box 1 is the first box on the left of this picture, the rest are numbers 2,3,4,5 and 6 in that order. There are also two artificial House Martin nests next to Box 6, just above the window and although there is a colony of House Martins on a house four doors away these have never been used. We live in hope!
There's no sign of our swifts yet although swifts have been seen locally. Hopefully they will turn up again this year during the next week or so.