We had some prospecting swifts this morning, giving me the chance to see a swift really well as it rested on our honey coloured walls. They are incredibly beautiful when seen like this. For those of you trying to attract swifts, enjoy this prospecting. Many people I speak to get frustrated because the swifts perch anywhere but on the nest box. But I think they are practising approach and landing as much as anything. Younger swifts need to do this before occupying a nest site having spent so long in the air. When they are mature enough they will find and enter nest sites. So don’t get frustrated watching them, this is all part of their learning process. With each miss they learn more and are probably closer to finding your nest box. Enjoy the opportunity to see a wall clinging swift, because once they start breeding they come and go without hesitation.