Swift Diary 2016
     
                 left - gable boxes, middle - under eave boxes, right - under eave back
gable boxes

n/b = non breeder from 2015

  bird 1 bird 2 egg 1 egg 2 egg 3 1st out 2nd out 3rd out 1st fledged 2nd fledged 3rd fledged
1                      
2 4/5                    
3                      
4                      
5 4/5 5/5 13/5 15/5   hatched          
6 4/5                    
7 5/5 8/5 1/6 3/6   due 21/6          
8                      
9                      
10                      
11 5/5 6/5                  

under eave boxes - front

  bird 1 bird 2 egg 1 egg 2 egg 3 1st out 2nd out 3rd out 1st fledged 2nd fledged 3rd fledged
1                      
2                      
3                      
4                      
5                      
6                      
7                      
8                      
9 4/5 4/5 29/5 31/5              

under eave boxes - back

  bird 1 bird 2 egg 1 egg 2 egg 3 1st hatch 2nd hatched 3rd hatched 1st fledged 2nd fledged 3rd fledged
1 19/5 21/5                  
2                      
3                      
 
 
2016 Observations
(bracketed dates are from previous seasons)
 
videos can be seen here https://www.youtube.com/user/sandersii/videos

the dates when the first swift of each pair has returned to their nest boxes on my house

2009 – May 6th, 8th, 9th, 9th, 9th, 13th
2010 – May 3rd, 3rd, 3rd, 4th, 9th, 9th, 16th
2011 – May 3rd, 5th, 5th, 6th, 8th
2012 – May 10th, 10th, 10th, 12th
2013 – May 7th, 7th, 7th, 12th, 17th, 17th, 31st
2014 – May 2nd, 3rd, 3rd, 6th, 6th, 7th
2015 – May 5th, 5th, 8th, 8th, 13th, 14th, 14th, 15th
2016 – May 4th, 4th, 4th, 4th, 4th, 5th, 5th, 5th, 8th,
 
average date = May 8th/9th
 
April 22nd
20.45 a lone swift over the estate
 
May 1st
3 bird screaming party
 
May 4th sunrise 05.23 sunset 20.31
c.15 swifts above the house this afternoon. Small groups flying by the gable
 
Gable box 5 – 21.02 first swift home with its geolocater (4/5/15), (2/5/14), (7/5/13), (10/5/12), (5/5/11), (16/5/10)
Gable box 2 – 21.26 first swift home (13/5/15) non breeder from 2015
Gable box 6 – 21.30 first swift home (3/5/15) non breeder from 2015
U box 9 – 20.31 first swift home (8/5/15), (6/5/14), (31/5/13), (29/6/12)
U box 9 – 21.11 second swift home (9/5/15), (8/5/14), (31/5/13), (29/6/12)
 
May 5th
Gable box 5 – 17.30 geolocater swift arrives
Gable box 5 – 17.34 a second swift arrives (7/5/15), (17/5/14) (unknown in '13), (15/5/12), (7/5/11), (21/5/10), (unknown '09)
U box 9 – 21.07 a swift arrives
U box 9 – 21.14 a swift arrives
Gable box 7 – 21.30 first swift arrives
Gable box 11 – 21.34 a swift arrives
 
May 6th
Gable box 11 – 08.03 a swift arrives
Gable box 11 – 08.15 a second swift arrives
 
May 7th
u box 8 – 08.08 a swift arrives and leaves at 09.43
u box 8 – 09.59 a swift arrives and leaves at 10.22
Gable box 11 – nest building has started
Gable box 6 – 15.45 a swift arrives and leaves at 15.55
 
May 8th
Gable box 7 – 14.27 a second swift arrives
Gable box 4 – 20.40 a swift arrives
 
May 7th to 12th
Not much to report. Perfect swift weather. 9th 23c 12th 20c 13th 16c. Swifts that are here are active mornings and evenings only. Eggs due from the 14th
 
May 13th
Gable box 5 – first egg. 8 days together
U box 9 – first egg. 9 days together
 
May 14th 15c, hot , no clouds
Gable box 11 – first egg at 08.23 after 8 days together
 
May 15th
Gable box 5 – second egg
U box 9 – second egg
 
May 16th
Gable box 11 – second egg
 
May 17th
Gable box 7 – first egg after 9 days together
 
May 18th
Gable box  – third egg
 
May 19th
U eave back 1 – first swift home but couldn't get in the box due to a modification I made. All change tomorrow!
 
May 20th
u eave front 9 - 21.21 an intruder arrives causing a fight
 
U eave back 1 – 22.40 first swift home (14/5/15), (19/5/14) (5/6/13) (11/6/13)
 
May 21st
u eave front 9 eggs replaced but how long will they stay there?
 
u eave front 9 The pair fighting
 
u eave front 9 eggs get dumped
 
under eave back 1 - second swift at 14.14 returned with the mate
 
May 22nd
Gable box 7 - 0630 an intruder arrives and causes a fight that lasts until 09.20
Gable box 7 - 09.40 the eggs are dumped
 
May 23rd
Gable box 11
17.53 an intruder enters a nest box and sits quietly  https://youtu.be/PrKhMZkfpxk
17.57 it moves towards the incubating swift and they fight https://youtu.be/GVGAT0OiR8s
I stop the fight at 18.30 because one is hanging out of the nest entrance and may be predated. They are marked Tipex forehead and Tipex back of head. The incubating swift leaves the nest 10 minutes later and 18.40 but it doesn’t return until 19.55.
Tipex forehead returns at 22.05 and is accepted by the incubating swift
Tipex back of head aarives at 22.10 and fights again https://youtu.be/VNeybpTkYQg
00.10 the fight is over and Tipex Forehead leaves the nest. Tipex back of Head is preened by the unmarked swift
 
May 23rd
Gable box 11 - 11.20 Tipex Back of Head leaves the nest box
 
May 24th
Gable box 11 - 12.45 eggs are dumped
 
May 28th - how often do incubating swifts change over?
sunrise sunset
06.06 first swift leaves, arrives 06.50 but both stay until 07.10, arrives 08.22 and stays until 08.40, arrives 09.07 and stays to 09.40, arrives 10.06 and leaves at 10.17, arrives 10.18 and leaves 11.45, arrives 12.00 leaves at 12.20, ]
arrives 12.33 and leaves at 12.40, arrives 13.46 and leaves at 14.00, arrives 14.36 and leaves at 14.45, arrives 14.56 and leaves 15.00, arrives 16.14 leaves  and leaves 16.20, arrives 17.07 and leaves at 17.20, arrives 18.23 and leaves 18.25, arrives 19.43 and leaves 20.15, arrives arrives 21.58 and leaves at 22.00, home 22.14
 
May 29th
u eave front 9 -
1st egg of the second clutch 8 days after dumping their eggs - see May 21st
U eave back 1 - 21.39 an intruder arrives and stays until 21.45
 
May 31st
u eave front 9 - 2nd egg of the second clutch 8 days after dumping their eggs - see May 21st
Gable box 3 - a swift arrives at 12.12 and leaves at 13.35
Gable box 3 - a swift arrives at 22.22 and leaves at 22.44
 
June 1st
Gable box 7 - 1st replacement egg 10 days after their eggs were dumped
bangers this morning at the gable and under eave boxes
Gable box 2 - 10.17 a swift arrives and leaves at 10.26
Gable box 3 - a swift arrives at 12.17 and stays until
 
June 2nd
Gable box 11 - 1st replacement egg 9 days after their eggs were dumped
 
June 3rd
Gable box 7 - 2nd replacement egg
 
June 4th
Gable box 11 - 2nd replacement egg
 
June 8th under eave back 3 - 11.34 a swift arrives and leaves at 12.58
 
June 9th
under eave back 1 - 10.02 a swift arrives followed by a second. One of this pair went missing on May 22nd 18 days ago - the day after arriving back from Africa
Gable box 4 - 10.02 a swift arrives
under eave back 3 - one leaves at 12.36 and 13.05
under eave back 3 - both arrive at 15.00
 
June 14th
under eave front 2 - 13.05 a swift arrives and leaves at 13.37
under eave front 2 - 13.51 a swift arrives and leaves at 14.13
under eave front 1 - 14.23 a swift arrives and leaves at 15.00
under eave front 5 - 16.59 a swift arrives and leaves at 18.19
under eave front 2 - 22.25 a swift arrives and leaves at 22.45
 
June 15th
under eave front 2 - 06.47 a swift arrives and leaves at 07.33
under eave front 1 - 08.06 a swift arrives and leaves at 08.44
under eave front 2 - 09.44 a swift arrives and leaves at 10.04
under eave front 4 - 12.43 a swift arrives and leaves at 13.04
under eave front 4 - 13.37 a swift arrives and leaves at 14.05
 
June 17th
under eave front 3 - 08.30 a swift arrives and leaves at 08.55
under eave front 2 - 09.03 a swift arrives and leaves at 09.06
under eave front 5 - 09.17 a swift arrives and leaves at 10.07
under eave front 2 - 10.11 a swift arrives doing the I have a nest follow me call. Leaves at 10.36
under eave front 4 - 10.44 a swift arrives
under eave front 2 - 10.47 a swift arrives and leaves at 11.20
under eave front 4 - 11.36 the swift leaves
under eave front 4 - 11.37 a swift arrives and leaves at 11.48
under eave front 3 - 11.46 a swift arrives and leaves at 12.00
under eave front 4 - 12.48 a swift arrives
under eave front 5 - 12.50 a swift arrives and leaves at 13.15
under eave front 4 - 13.32 the swift leaves
under eave front 5 - 22.32 a swift arrives and stays over night
 
June 18th
under eave front 5 - 05.35 the swift leaves
under eave front 5 - 05.48 two swifts arrive but there is no fighting
under eave front 5 - they leave at 06.48
many bangers at the under eave boxes
under eave front 3 - 08.58 a swift arrives and leaves at 09.21
under eave front 4 - 09.26 a swift arrives and leaves at 09.45
under eave front 6 - 09.47 a swift arrives and leaves at 10.00
under eave front 6 - 10.05 a swift arrives and leaves at 10.19
under eave front 2 - 10.21 a swift arrives and leaves at 10.25
under eave front 6 - 13.47 a swift arrives and leaves at 13.58
under eave front 4 - 21.53 a swift arrives and stays over night
 
June 19th
under eave front 4 - 04.36 the swift leaves
under eave front 2 - 05.57 a swift arrives
under eave front 4 - 06.39 a swift arrives and leaves at 06.47
under eave front 4 - 06.57 a swift arrives and leaves at 06.56
under eave front 2 - 06.58 the swift leaves
under eave front 4 - 06.58 a swift arrives and leaves at 07.22
under eave front 5 - 07.29 a swift arrives and leaves at 07.58
under eave front 4 - 08.01 a swift arrives
under eave front 7 - 08.10 a swift arrives and leaves at 08.19
under eave front 4 - 08.21 the swift leaves
under eave front 6 - 08.39 two swifts arrive. No fighting. Both leave at 09.40
under eave front 2 - 10.17 a swift arrives
under eave front 6 - 10.27 a swift arrives and leaves at 10.30
under eave front 2 - 10.43 the swift leaves
under eave front 6 - 21.40 a swift arrives
 
June 20th
under eave front 6 - 05.55 the swift leaves
under eave front 5 - 05.57 a swift arrives and leaves at 06.15
under eave front 4 - 07.29 a swift arrives
under eave front 7 - 07.38 a swift arrives at 07.48
under eave front 4 - 07.53 the swift leaves
under eave front 6 - 08.45 a swift arrives
under eave front 7 - 09.02 a swift arrives at 09.19
under eave front 6 - 09.19 the swift leaves
under eave front 7 - 11.13 a swift arrives at 11.24
under eave front 4 - 12.56 a swift arrives and leaves at 13.10
under eave front 4 - 13.18 two swifts arrive and leave at 13.53
under eave front 4 - 18.01 two swifts arrive and leave at 18.50
under eave front 4 - 21.35 a swift arrives and leaves at 21.49
under eave front 3 - 22.22 a swift arrives
 
June 21st
under eave front 3 - 05.33 the swift leaves
under eave front 2 - 06.53 a swift arrives and leaves at 07.00
under eave front 4 - 07.21 a swift arrives and leaves at 08.04
under eave front 3 - 08.12 a swift arrives and leaves at 08.26
under eave front 4 - 08.42 a swift arrives and leaves at 09.00
under eave front 6 - 10.16 a swift arrives and leaves at 10.29
under eave front 8 - 10.29 two swifts arrive and stay until 11.42
under eave front 6 - 21.36 a swift arrives
 
June 22nd
under eave front 3 - 04.41 the swift leaves
under eave front 2 - 05.47 a swift arrives and leaves at 06.04
under eave front 2 - 06.34 a swift arrives and leaves at 06.40
under eave front 2 - 07.08 a swift arrives and leaves at 07.20
under eave front 4 - 07.23 a swift arrives
under eave front 7 - 07.30 a swift arrives and leaves at 07.35
under eave front 4 - 08.05 the swift leaves
under eave front 3 - 08.14 a swift arrives and leaves at 08.29
under eave front 6 - 09.02 a swift arrives and leaves at 09.23
under eave front 6 - 09.25 a swift arrives and leaves at 09.26
under eave front 8 - 09.27 a swift arrives and leaves at 09.42
under eave front 6 - 09.48 a swift arrives and leaves at 09.49
under eave front 8 - 09.49.52 a swift arrives and leaves at 09.50.22
under eave front 4 - 09.55 a swift arrives and leaves at 09.57
under eave front 8 - 10.10 a swift arrives
under eave front 8 - 10.13 a second swift arrives
under eave front 8 - 10.34 and 10.37 the swifts leave
under eave front 8 - 10.57 a swift arrives
under eave front 7 - 10.58 a swift arrives and leaves at 11.05
under eave front 8 - 11.06 the swift leaves
under eave front 9 - 11.17 fight
under eave front 6 - 11.21 a swift arrives and leaves at 11.35
under eave front 8 - 22.39 a swift arrives
 
June 23rd
under eave front 8 - 04.49 the swift leaves
under eave front 6 - 04.50 a swift arrives and leaves at 05.00
under eave front 4 - 05.00 a swift arrives and leaves at 05.04
under eave front 6 - 05.31 a swift arrives
under eave front 8 - 06.01 a swift arrives and leaves at 06.10
under eave front 6 - 06.14 the swift leaves
under eave front 2 - 06.26 a swift arrives and leaves at 07.53
under eave front 6 - 08.53 a swift arrives
under eave front 6 - 08.59 a second swift arrives 
under eave front 6 - 09.26 and 09.32 they leave
under eave front 5 - 22.22 a swift arrives
 
June 24th
under eave front 5 - 04.54 the swift leaves
under eave front 6 - 05.09 a swift arrives and leaves at 05.23
under eave front 7 - 05.52 a swift arrives and leaves at 06.10
under eave front 6 - 06.14 a swift arrives and leaves at 06.31
under eave front 4 - 06.34 a swift arrives and leaves at 06.50
under eave front 6 - 07.22 a swift arrives and leaves at 07.48
under eave front 5 - 08.35 a swift arrives and leaves at 08.37
under eave front 4 - 09.38 a swift arrives and leaves at 09.41
under eave front 8 - 09.42 a swift arrives and leaves at 09.47
under eave front 4 - 09.56 a swift arrives
under eave front 2 - 10.00 a nervous swift arrives and leaves at 10.03
under eave front 4 - 10.07 the swift leaves 
Gable box 9 - 22.33 a swift arrives
Gable box 7 and 11 - 22.54 two late returning swifts
 
June 25th
gable box 9 - 05.06 the swift leaves
Gable box 9 - 06.20 a swift arrives and leaves at 07.54
Gable box 9 - 10.47 a swift arrives and leaves at 12.00
Gable box 9 - 12.45 a swift arrives and leaves at 12.52
Gable box 9 - 12.52 a swift arrives and leaves at 13.02
Gable box 9 - 13.05 a swift arrives and leaves at 13.10
Gable box 9 - 13.13 a swift arrives and leaves at 13.22
Gable box 9 - 13.32 a swift arrives and leaves at 13.35
Gable box 9 - 13.38 a swift arrives and leaves at 13.50
Gable box 9 - 14.00 a swift arrives and leaves at 14.15
Gable box 9 - 14.16 a swift arrives and leaves at 14.24
Gable box 9 - 22.10 a swift arrives
Gable box 9 - 22.34 after many attempts to get in a second swift arrives
 
Have the under eave pair from the front of the house relocated or are these non breeders from 2015?
 
June 26th
Gable box 9 - both leave at 06.50
Gable box 9 - 07.40 a swift arrives and leaves at 08.55
Gable box 9 - 10.45 a swift arrives and leaves at 11.11
Gable box 9 - 12.44 a swift arrives and leaves at 12.58
Gable box 9 - 15.44 a swift arrives and leaves at 16.22
Gable box 9 - 16.23 two swifts arrive. They leave at 17.25 and 17.28
Gable box 9 - 21.29 a swift arrives and leaves at 21.47
Gable box 9 - 21.50 two swifts arrive
 
June 27th
Gable box 9 - both leave at 05.08
Gable box 9 - 06.50 a swift arrives and leaves at 07.14
Gable box 9 - 07.41 a swift arrives and leaves at 08.13
Gable box 9 - 08.18 a swift arrives
Gable box 9 - 08.19 a swift arrives. Both leave at 10.12
Gable box 9 - 11.42 a swift arrives
Gable box 9 - 11.43 a second swift arrives. Both leave at 12.46
Gable box 9 - 12.47 a swift arrives
Gable box 9 - 12.52 a swift arrives
Gable box 9 - they leave at 12.55 and 12.57
Gable box 9 - 13.06 a swift arrives and leaves at 13.32
Gable box 9 - 22.12 a swift arrives
Gable box 9 - 22.32 a second arrives
 
June 27th
Gable box 9 - visited many times now
under eave back 3 - 11.24 a swift arrives and leaves at 12.08
 
June 30th
The BBC came to do a piece on swifts
 
So quiet not much to report
 
July 14th
Gable box 5 - 13.54 first chick fledges
 
July 16th
Gable box 5 - 11.29 second chick fledges
 
July 29th
Gable box 6 - 07.20 a swift enters and leaves at 07.25
Gable box 1 - 07.30 a swift arrives and leaves at 07.35
Under eave front 9 - 07.46 fist chick fledges
 
July 30th
Gable box 2 - 07.14 swift arrives
Gable box 2 - 07.14 second swift arrives but leaves quite quickly. No shouting or fighting
Gable box 2 - 07.18 first swift leaves
 
under eave 9 pre fledge work out
 
Under eave front 9 - 21.47 second chick fledges
 
July 31st
Gable box 11 - 05.32 first chick fledges
Gable box 6 - 06.58 a swift arrives and leaves at 07.01
Gable box 2 - 07.15 swift arrives and leaves at 08.29
 
August 1st
Gable box 6 - 05.30 a swift arrives and leaves at 05.36
Gable box 6 - 06.40 a swift arrives and leaves at 06.48
Gable box 1 - 08.46 a swift arrives and leaves at 08.53
Gable box 7 - 08.54 first chick fledged 40 days old
Gable box 7 - 08.57 an intruder arrives and leaves at 09.15
Gable box 11 - 09.16 both chicks fledged
 
Gable box 6 - 10.13 a swift arrives and leaves at 10.17
Gable box 7 - only one adult over night
Gable box 9 - non breeders both in
Gable box 11 - both over night
under eave back 1 - non breeders 2 in
under eave front 9 - 0 over night
 
August 2nd
Gable box 6 - 07.39 a swift arrives with nest material and leaves at 07.46
Gable box 5 - 2 over night
Gable box 7 - only one adult over night
Gable box 9 - non breeders both in
Gable box 11 - 2 over night
under eave back 1 - non breeders both in
under eave front 9 - 0 over night
 
August 3rd
Gable box 5 - 2 over night
Gable box 7 - only one adult over night
Gable box 9 - non breeders both in
Gable box 11 - 2 over night
under eave back 1 - non breeders 2 in
under eave front 9 - 0 over night
 
August 4th
Gable box 7 - 07.26 second chick fledged aged 45 days
 
Gable box 5 - 2 over night
Gable box 7 - only one adult over night
Gable box 9 - non breeders both in
Gable box 11 - 2 over night
under eave back 1 - non breeders 2 in
under eave front 9 - 0 over night
 
August 5th
Under eave front 9 - GPS swift arrived at 13.03 and leaves at 14.07. Away for 6 days
Gable box 5 - 2 over night
Gable box 7 - only one adult over night
Gable box 9 - non breeders both in
Gable box 11 - 2 over night
under eave back 1 - non breeders 2 in
under eave front 9 - 1 over night 2nd night back post fledging
 
August 5th
under eave front 9 - 06.34 swift arrives and leaves at 08.14
Gable box 7 - 06.42 mate arrives after absent for 25 days They leave at 09.25 and 09.27
 
 
Gable box 5 - 2 over night
Gable box 7 - 2 over night
Gable box 9 - non breeders both in
Gable box 11 - 2 over night
under eave back 1 - non breeders 1 over night
under eave front 9 - 1 over night
 
August 6th
Gable box 5 - 2 over night
Gable box 7 - 2 over night
Gable box 9 - non breeders both in
Gable box 11 - 2 over night
under eave back 1 - non breeders 1 over night
under eave front 9 - 1 over night
 
August 7th
Gable box 5 - 2 over night
Gable box 7 - 2 over night
Gable box 9 - non breeders both in
Gable box 11 - 2 over night
under eave back 1 - non breeders 1 over night
under eave front 9 - 1 over night
 
August 8th
Gable box 5 - 2 over night
Gable box 7 - 2 over night
Gable box 9 - non breeders both in
Gable box 11 - 2 over night
under eave back 1 - non breeders 1 over night
under eave front 9 - 1 over night
 
August 9th
Gable box 5 - 2 over night
Gable box 7 - 2 over night
Gable box 9 - non breeders both in
Gable box 11 - 2 over night
under eave back 1 - non breeders 1 over night
under eave front 9 - 1 over night
 
August 10th
Gable box 5 - 2 over night
Gable box 7 - 2 over night
Gable box 9 - non breeders both in
Gable box 11 - 2 over night
under eave back 1 - non breeders 1 over night
under eave front 9 - 1 over night
 
August 11th
Gable box 5 - 2 over night
Gable box 7 - 2 over night
Gable box 9 - non breeders both in
Gable box 11 - 2 over night
under eave back 1 - non breeders 1 over night
under eave front 9 - 1 over night
 
August 12th
Gable box 5 - 2 over night
Gable box 7 - 2 over night
Gable box 9 - non breeders both in
Gable box 11 - 2 over night
under eave back 1 - non breeders 1 over night
under eave front 9 - 1 over night
 
August 13th
Gable box 5 - 2 over night
Gable box 7 - 2 over night
Gable box 9 - non breeders 1 in
Gable box 11 - 2 over night
under eave back 1 - non breeders 0 over night
under eave front 9 - 0 over night
 
August 14th
Gable box 5 - 1 over night
Gable box 7 - 1 over night
Gable box 9 - non breeders 0
Gable box 11 - 2 over night
under eave back 1 - non breeders 0 over night
under eave front 9 - 0 over night
 
August 15th
Gable box 5 - 1 over night
Gable box 7 - 0 over night
Gable box 9 - non breeders 1
Gable box 11 - 1 over night
under eave back 1 - non breeders 0 over night
under eave front 9 - 0 over night
 
August 16th
Gable box 5 - 0 over night
Gable box 7 - 0 over night
Gable box 9 - non breeders 0
Gable box 11 - 1 over night
under eave back 1 - non breeders 0 over night
under eave front 9 - 0 over night
 
August 17th
Gable box 5 - 0 over night
Gable box 7 - 0 over night
Gable box 9 - 0 over night
Gable box 11 - 0 over night
under eave back 1 - 0 over night
under eave front 9 - 0 over night
 
and its all over for another 8 months. See you in May 2017!

 
How many nights do adults return post fledging?
 
Under eave front 9 - stayed the first night, absent for 6 nights, back again for 8
Gable box 5 - 27 days and 29 days
Gable box 7 - 8 nights and 9 days
Gable box 11 - 13 days and 16 days