July 12th – swift diary

Jonathan Pomroy

Swift Diary

A precious couple of days of swift watching. The non breeding birds arrived back yesterday morning after their two week exodus during the recent cool weather. There has been lots of screaming which usually starts just before 5am. I am instantly woken by their shrill screams. It is a wonderful awakening which happens for a few weeks each year. I jump out of bed, make a coffee and go out to the studio where I can see most of the nest boxes.

Our two chicks are looking really good with their all important wing feathers growing rapidly. In a little over two weeks they will be flying south to Africa. The coming week is looking reasonable weatherwise so hopefully the most difficult weather for swifts is behind us now. This has seen a lot of chicks malnourished, with many sadly perishing. I hope better weather will encourage more…

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