Swift Diary 2017
     
                 left - gable boxes, middle - under eave boxes, right - under eave back
gable boxes

nb = non breeder from 2016

  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 4/5 7/5 15/5 17/5              
6 8/5 nb 8/5 nb                  
7 4/5                    
8                      
9 6/5 nb 9/5 nb 19/5                
10                      
11 17/5                    

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 5/5 6/5 due 16th                

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 5/5                    
2                      
3                      
 
 
2017 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 15th two swifts at Oxford Island
 
April 22nd
c.10 swifts at Oxford Island
a swift is back in a box in Cullybackey
 
April 27th two swifts very close to the house
 
May 3rd 20.00 2 swifts over the house
 
May 4th
21.10 5 screaming swift fly by the gable
Gable box 5 21.40 a swift arrives (4/5/16), (4/5/15), (2/5/14), (7/5/13), (10/5/12), (5/5/11), (16/5/10)
Gable box 7 21.40 a swift arrives (5/4/16), (13/5/15), (7/5/14), (7/5/13), (12/5/12), (3/5/11), (3/5/10), (6/5/09)
 
May 5th
Under eave back 1 19.32 first bird returned (19/5/16), (14/5/15), (19/5/14) (5/6/13) (11/6/13)
Under eave front 9 20.57 GPS swift home
 
May 6th
Gable box 9 21.30 non breeder from 2016 returns
Under eave front 9 21.19 the mate returns
Gable box 7 swift hasn't been back
 
May 7th hottest day of the year 22c
Gable box 5 18.20 second swift arrives
 
21.40 An under eave swift that lives in number 9 entered gable box 7 for 10 minutes, left and tried to enter under eave 8, went back and entered gable box 7, stayed a couple of minutes, left and entered its own box
 
May 8th
Gable box 7 0855 a nervous swift enters and leaves at 08.56
Gable box 4 08.56 a nervous swift enters and leaves at 08.58
 
12.10 three swifts acting like bangers
 
Gable box 6
18.58 a swift arrives and leaves at 19.04
19.10 a swift arrives and leaves at 19.11
none have been seen since today
 
May 9th
Gable box 9 12.15 second swift arrives
Gable box 6 19.30 a swift arrives with a feather
Gable box 6 19.38 the second swift arrives
Under eave front 9 22.58 the agitated swift left its nest in the dark
 
a swift colony in Nice, France
 
May 10th
Gable box 6 12.12 a nervous swift enters and leaves at 12.13
Under eave front 9 22.15 the agitated swift left its nest in the dark
 
May 13th
Gable box 4 16.29 a swift enters and leaves at 16.31. A swift arrives at 16.32 and leaves at 16.35
 
May 14th
Gable box 6 15.36 a swift arrives and leaves at 16.40
Gable box 6 16.41 in and out three times in 5 minutes
Gable box 4 16.47 a swift arrives and leaves at 16.50
 
May 15th
Gable box 5 1st egg 8 days together  
 
May 16th
Gable box 2 21.46 a swift arrives and leaves at 21.53
 
May 17th
Gable box 5 2nd egg
Gable box 7 swift hasn't been seen for 11 days - where's its mate?
Gable box 7 09.36 a swift arrives. Is it the missing swift, its mate or a non breeder? It stays until 10.45
Gable box 4 10.53 a swift arrives and leaves at 11.37
Gable box 7 13.10 a swift arrives and leaves at 13.45
Gable box 11 19.18 a swift arrives and leaves at 19.40
Gable box 11 21.32 a swift arrives and stays over night
Gable box 7 21.53 a swift arrives and stays over night
 
May 18th
wasp nest in gable box 4
Gable box 3 10.45 a swift arrives and leaves at 10.50
under eave back 1 13.41 a nervous swift arrives and leaves at 13.45
Gable box 7 14.50 two swifts arrive. No fighting
Gable box 6 16.14 a swift arrives and leaves at 16.16
Gable box 7 20.40 a swift arrives 20.44 a second swift arrives. No fighting!
 
May 19th
Gable box 5 3rd egg
Gable box 9 first egg 10 days back together
Gable box 4 07.55 a swift arrives and leaves at 08.07
Gable box 3 08.28 a swift arrives and leaves at 08.32
Gable box 7 08.38 an intruder arrives, residents inside, and leaves immediately
Gable box 3 09.30 a swift arrives and leaves at 09.33
Gable box 6 10.16 a swift arrives and leaves at 10.18
Gable box 2 10.21 a swift arrives and leaves at 10.28
Gable box 4 10.40 a swift arrives and leaves at 10.55
Gable box 3 11.43 a swift arrives and leaves at 11.50
Gable box 4 12.18 a swift arrives and leaves at 12.30
Gable box 3 12.33 a swift arrives and leaves at 12.35
 
Gable box 6 pair haven't been seen for 9 days
Under eaves back 1 hasn't been seen for 12 days