Apus apus (Common swift) video

Now offline for the 2017 season, as the birds have left. More detailed notes on swift activity are in the 2017 Swift diary.

Activity in camera boxes 2017 (prediction in red italic). See all years here
2017#1May-6May-15May-22May-25-Jun-14Jul-26--2nd egg didn't hatch
2017#g3a??Jul-1/5Jul-3/7-<Jul-25Sep-9Re-lay after earlier failure. One chick died at a few days old.

Live video from some of Clarke Brunt's swift nestboxes. Click to start. Please see the notes below.

Now offline for the 2017 season.

This is gable-end/loft nestbox #g3 in which swifts first raised young in 2016. See here for the story of the installation of these boxes.

In 2017, the pair of swifts returned in May, but the first attempt at a brood failed (no camera at the time). Eggs were re-laid in the first week of July, and hatched around 2017-Jul-25. By 2017-Jul-30, one of the two chicks was much smaller than the other, and by 2017-Jul-31, it appeared non-responsive or dead. The remaining chick fledged on 2017-Sep-9.

The static picture from 2017 shows an adult swift feeding two chicks.

Now offline for the 2017 season.

This is nestbox #1 in which swifts have raised young in each year from 2012 to 2016.

In 2017, the first swift returned on 2017-May-6, and was joined by a second on 2017-May-15. A first egg was laid on 2017-May-22, and a second on 2017-May-25. The first chick hatched on 2017-Jun-14, but the 2nd egg didn't hatch. The single chick fledged on 2017-Jul-26.

The static picture from 2015 shows two adult swifts and their three young.

Now offline for the 2017 season.

This is nestbox #4 in which swifts raised young in each year from 2014 to 2016.

In 2017, the first swift returned on 2017-May-5, and was joined by a second on 2017-May-9. A first egg was laid on 2017-May-18, a second on 2017-May-20, and a third on 2017-May-22. At least 2 chicks hatched on 2017-Jun-8, and the 3rd soon after. The first chick fledged on 2017-Jul-19, and the other 2 on 2017-Jul-22.

The static picture from 2016 shows both adult swifts at the nest.


I don't guarantee that the video will remain online, or will be working at any given time. I have limited the number of people who can view at the same time, so try later if it doesn't work. I have also limited how long you can watch for - should be about 5 minutes, after which it will stop updating. You can stop and start again to watch more, but don't leave the live video running for extended periods, especially if you're not actually watching it. You can close it (and return to the static image) without leaving the page by clicking the [x] at top-right of the video, or by hitting 'q' (while over the video). Hit 'f' while over the video for full-screen, or use the icon. Hitting ? (while over the video) will display keyboard commands. Clicking the video will pause or re-start it.

There should be audio as well as video. You might need Flash Player installed in your browser, although the browser might be able to play the HTML5 video without it.

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Author: Clarke Brunt (clarke.brunt@viridis.net)
Last modified: 9th September 2017