Now offline for the 2019 season, as the birds have left.
More detailed notes on swift activity are in the 2019 Swift diary.
Here is a page with some explanation of how I do the video.
|2019||#4||May-15||May-16||*May-23||May-25||May-27||Jun-13||Jul-24||-||-||*First egg removed by 'intruder' swift on May-24. Replaced in nest May-27, but didn't hatch. Only 1 egg hatched.|
|2019||#sb2||May-15||<May-17||>May-23||<May-27||?||~Jun-16||Jul-28||-||Only 2 of 3 eggs hatched.|
Live video from some of Clarke Brunt's swift nestboxes. Click to start.
Please see the notes below.
This is nestbox #1 in which swifts have raised young in each year from 2012 to 2018.
In 2019, the first swift returned on 2019-May-7, and was joined by a second on 2019-May-11. A first egg was laid on 2019-May-18, a second on 2019-May-20, and a third on 2019-May-22. The first egg hatched on 2019-Jun-9, soon followed by the other 2. The first young swift fledged on 2019-July-22, the second the next day, and the last one the day after.
The static picture from 2015 shows two adult swifts and their three young.
This is nestbox #4 in which swifts raised young in each year from 2014 to 2018.
In 2019, the first swift returned on 2019-May-15, and was joined by a second on 2019-May-16. A first egg was laid on 2019-May-23, a second on 2019-May-25, and a third on 2019-May-27. The first egg hatched on 2019-Jun-13. The other two didn't hatch. The single young swift fledged on 2019-Jul-24.
The static picture from 2016 shows both adult swifts at the nest.
This is 'starling' nestbox #sb2 in which swifts first raised young in 2018.
In 2019, the first swift returned on 2019-May-15, and was soon joined by a second. A first egg was laid on or after 2019-May-23, a second on or before 2019-May-27, and a third sometime after that. 2 out of the 3 eggs hatched, around 2019-Jun-16. Both young swifts fledged on 2019-Jul-28.
The static picture from 2018 shows two chicks in the nest. The live video view is looking directly downwards. The 'front' of the nestbox is to the left (as opposed to lower-right in the static image) and a piece of rough wood is fixed on this side from the floor up to the entrance hole which is just off the image at left. The swifts climb the wood to reach the hole. See here in the 2018 diary for a photo of the outside of the box, and a description of it.
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