June 23rd- 100+ swift flypasts!

Jonathan Pomroy

The warm weather has brought the best swift watching of the year so far. To think two days ago I was wondering where they were. As our breeding pair continue feeding their two chicks, the younger one, two and three year old birds are speeding round outside. The youngest of these have returned here quite recently and they really mix things up. The parents often return to their nest box to scream at the younsters as they fly past or perch on their nest box. The behaviour of young birds clinging on to potential nest sites has become known as “banging”. The bangers hurl themselves at the eaves often at the entrances of occupied nest sites. This induces wild screams from the occupants which seems to encourage the bangers even more!

It is great fun to watch and at times you can have wonderful views of the swifts as they…

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