bird behaviour, Swift diary 2011

Swift nest

Swift nest- 8th June

The partial albino Swift and its mate have built a nest. I placed some of the material in the box to get them started but they have added their own too, such as the small oak leaf, grass pieces and the occasional petal all gathered in the air. They will probably lay one more egg in 48 hours then incubation will begin.  Swifts glue the nest materials together with their saliva. The nest is built onto a specially designed nest mould.

2 thoughts on “Swift nest”

  1. That must be so interesting having a bird that you can actually identify. And the nest looks wonderful – all those feathers! We saw a magpie along the canal the other day, it had a beak full of what was obviously part of another bird’s nest – feathers and moss.

  2. So unusual to be able to see right into a swifts nest, normally difficult to get to. We had a large group around the farm this year (approx 25), screeching by every evening, great to watch. ove the latest paintings Jonathan. May make Whittonditch we’ll see!! Sue Lay

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