bird behaviour, Swift diary 2011

Getting ready for Swifts!

The weather seems perfect for Swifts now, but will it hold for their first big arrival less than two weeks from now? There is an inspiring website by Swift Conservation whose News page shows some amazing new initiatives to attract Swifts, including purpose built towers in Tesco car parks. My blog will feature our sightings of Swifts and their arrival back at the nest boxes and follow their breeding progress until they leave in August. In particular we will be looking out for a very distinctive partial albino Swift(depicted below)  who my son called “Patch”. It regularly prospected our nest boxes in 2010 and if it has survived the journey to Africa and back could be ready to breed in 2011- watch this space!

Swift approaching nest site- by Jonathan Pomroy
Swift approach- photograph by Jonathan Pomroy
Swift arriving with a food bolus for its young- photograph by Jonathan Pomroy
"Patch" at a nest box in 2010- photograph by Jonathan Pomroy

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