John Young's Swift Diary 2014
     
Tue 28/05/2013
I put three swift boxes on the gable of my house, along with the sound system.  I've been playing the sounds since the start of May with no sign of any swifts up until this afternoon.  Today I was outside and I saw two swifts circling the house!  They have remained present all day and I heard them calling back in response to the recorded sounds.  They have clung on to the side of the house, but not really close to the nest boxes. 
Sat 01/06/2013
This week I noticed four swifts paying attention to the boxes.  That evening I saw two swifts fly directly into the middle box within seconds of each other and presumably roost there overnight.  Yesterday evening there were swifts in the middle and left hand box.
Mon 31/03/2014
Of my three boxes, one remained empty, box 4 had a successful breeding pair and box 5 had a nest built within but had no signs of eggs or chicks. I have purchased another four boxes so that will be seven in total for 2014!
  bird 1 bird 2 egg 1 egg 2 egg 3 1st out 2nd out 3rd out 1 fledged 2 fledged 3 fledged
box 1                      
box 2     29/5                
box 3                      
box 4     29/5 1/6 1/6 18/6 18/6   29/7 - 21.15 29/7 - 21.30  
box 5                      
box 6   17/6                  
box 7     10/6 12/6   1/7 2/7        

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
May 5th
Box 6 - a swift arrives at 6pm, stays for one hour and leaves
Box 5 - a swift stays over night
 
May 8th
Box 6 - the second bird arrived at 1932
 
May 11th
Box 4 - a swift has arrived
 
May 13th
Box 1 - a swift arrived and stayed from 0720 to 0830
 
May 15th -
Box 1 - two swifts are settled in the box for 15 minutes, one leaves, a minute later one arrives and a fight starts between two birds
 
over night
Box 1 - a single swift
Box 2 - a pair
Box 3 - a single swift
Box 4 - a pair
 
May 17th
Box 1 - single swift
Box 2 - one pair
Box 3 - single swift
Box 4 - one pair
Box 5 - single swift
 
May 19th
over night
Box 1 - one pair
Box 2 - one pair
Box 4 - one pair
 
May 29th
box 2 - first egg
box 4 - first egg
 
June 1st
box 4 - second egg

 

June 10th
box 7 - First egg, 0830
 
12th June
box 7 - Second egg, 0930
 
June 15th
box 3 - a mate for the single bird
 
June 17th
box 6 - there is now a pair
 
June 18th
box 4 - two chicks hatched
 
June 29th
box 4 - two chicks fledged 21.15 and 21.30