Uncategorized

May 26th- swift diary

Swift diary

Our swifts laid an egg yesterday, but in another development I found a smashed egg on the ground outside the nest box. I think this egg was the product of the partner before the fight on 18th May. The new partner would remove the egg from the nest box to ensure it is not spending the summer raising the offspring of another swift. Their nest is really quite substantial, mainly built of feathers it is bulky enough to hide the egg from the nest box camera at times.

The weather has been wonderful for swift watching today, a light breeze and fluffy cumulus cloud. Below trees look at their very finest. The swifts largely stayed near the house. It was a joy to see them arcing through the sky and to hear their duet screaming high above; the sort of day I dream of sometimes in the middle of winter. Time to top up the memory bank for the coming winter.

25th May- swifts just after sunset, in a sky of lenticular cloud.

IMG_5265

A swift’s feathery nest. This nest is now quite deep as it contains two years worth of nest material. The egg is often invisible on the camera angle.IMG_5266
Studies of swifts roosting on the nest. They always roost facing the back of the nest box.IMG_7862 (2)

1 thought on “May 26th- swift diary”

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.