Swift Diary 2009

Upper row 1-7, middle left & middle right, lower left & lower right                          under eave nest boxes at the front

 

            bracketed number is the age in days of the fledged chick. Average fledging age = 42.3 days
  bird 1 bird 2 egg 1 egg 2 egg 3 1st out 2nd out 3rd out 1 fledged 2 fledged 3 fledged
box1 ? 17/5 23/5 25/5         22/7 (39) 22/7 (39) 25/7 (43)
box2 9/6 9/6 13/6 15/6   4/7 4/7   c.14/8 c.14/8  
box3 9/6 9/6       18/7 18/7        
box4 – – – – – – – – – – –
box5     19/5 21/5   9/6 9/6   22/7 (44)   25/7 (48)
box6 9/5 3/7                  
box7 6/5 9/5 18/5 20/5 9/6 9/6 9/6 9/6 18/7 (39) 19/7 (41) 20/7 (42)
middle L 8/6 8/6 c.19/6 c.22/6   c.13/7 c.13/7       22/8 (41)
middle R 13/6 13/6 – – – – – – – – –
lower L new for 2010                
lower R new for 2010                

 
2009 Observations
17th April
The first swifts have arrived and seen feeding at Lough Neagh

 

25th April
Swifts seen in Antrim

 

28th April
Lone swift at the gable colony

 

2nd May
Fly by of 3 swifts. Second camera installed

 

6th May
First breeder back in box 7. Very wet and windy. Spends the night in the nest box.

 

7th May
Lone very wet bird spends the night in box 7. Very windy and heavy rain

 

8th May
Lone bird spends the night in box 7. Very windy but dry

 

9th May
One pair in box 7 and a lone bird in box 6

 

10th May
Many swifts about

 

14th May
Box 6 hasn’t been used all week - I forgot to note when they arrived!

 

17th May
Box 1 the second bird has returned from migration - I forgot to note when the 1st arrived!

 

18th May
Box 7 has first egg. Back together 9 days

 

19th May
Box 5 one egg

 

20th May
Box 7 two eggs due June 8th

 

21st May
Box 5 two eggs. due June 9th+-. One lost

 

23rd May
Box 1 one egg

 

25th May
Box 1 two eggs due June 13th

 

2nd June
Hottest day 27.5C. Most activity. 47 swifts over head in evening

 

8th June
New bird in left CJ box

 

9th June
Chick fed in box 7. 3 chicks box 7.
Chick/s in box 5

 

9th June
Two pairs in boxes 2 and 3

 

12th June
Box 7 chicks not brooded during day

 

13th June
Pair in right CJ box

 

13th June
One egg in box 2 due July 4th

 

19th June
Box 5 chicks not brooded during day

 

21st June
Swifts using two under eave nest boxes R2&3

 

22nd June
Swifts using under eave box L3

 

22nd June
2 eggs in left CJ

 

23rd June
One adult at night in box 7

 

24th June
?3 pairs using right under eave boxes.

 

27th June
box 7 chicks look like swifts!

 

1st July
No adults at home with chicks at night

 

3rd July
Two adults in box 6 day and over night. All chicks rung

 

4th July
2 chicks in box 2

 

13th July
Two chicks in left CJ

 

18th July
First chick box 7 fledged. – 39 days old

 

18th July
2 chicks in box 3

 

18th July
2 chicks left CJ

 

19th July
2nd chick fledged from box 7 – 41 days old

 

20th July.
3rd chick fledged from box 7 – 42 days old

 

22nd July.
2 chicks fledged from box 1 – 39 days old

 

22nd July.
1 chick fledged from box 5 – 44 days old

 

25th July.
Last chick fledged from box 1 – 43 days old

 

25th July.
Last chick fledged from box 5 fledged – 48 days old

 

5th August.
Chicks in box 2 and left CJ ringed

 

10th August.
Box 2 chicks c38 days old. To fledge c14th August

 

10th August.
Left CJ chicks 27 days old to fledge c25th August

 

22nd August.
One chick in left CJ - 41 days old
 
Fledging Age
39 days,  41 days, 42 days, 39 days, 44 days, 43 days, 48 days
Average 42.28 days

Dick Newell helps put up nest boxes in Cambridgeshire video