Sunday 24 July 2022

All gone now

 The second youngster departed yesterday morning and the final one left today. One of the parents was in the box to roost last night with the third youngster, the other parent has probably already left so it’ll be interesting to see if anyone’s in tonight. So it looks like that’s it for the season as no other boxes have been looked at by prospectors. So a successful season even though only one box was occupied, but three young safely fledged, and neither adult got taken by a hobby!

Friday 22 July 2022

And then there were two....

 And then there were two....
One of our young swifts fledged this morning and it looked like another one might do as well as it was peeping out of the entrance whole looking very interested in the outside world. 


We expected it to be gone by the time we got back from our morning walk, but it was still there.

 Here’s a final video of all three together with one parent:


 And here’s a video of our remaining two youngsters:

Sunday 17 July 2022

Fitness training.

Our young swifts are nearly ready to go, it won’t be long now. Both parents are still present (hooray, not taken by a hobby yet!) and roosting in the box at night. So far there have been no takers for any of the other boxes. Here’s a video taken this morning of one of the youngsters doing some press-ups to get ready for it’s flight shortly. 

Friday 8 July 2022

Growing up fast!

Our young swifts in Box 3 are growing up fast. Here’s a video taken yesterday. You can see they're losing their fluffy chick feathers and starting to look grown up.


 Still no sign of any swifts investigating the other boxes.