John Young's Swift Diary 2015
     
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!

 

gable boxes

  bird 1 bird 2 egg 1 egg 2 egg 3 1st out 2nd out 3rd out 1st fledged 2nd fledged 3rd fledged
box 1 10/5 14/5 28/5 30/5              
box 2 12/5 13/5 27/5 29/5              
box 3 28/5 3/6                  
box 4 9/5 10/5 22/5 24/5              
box 5                      
box 6                      
box 7 8/5 12/5 22/5 24/5 26/5            
under eave boxes
new for 2015
  bird 1 bird 2 egg 1 egg 2 egg 3 1st out 2nd out 3rd out 1st fledged 2nd fledged 3rd fledged
box 1                      
box 2                      
box 3                      
box 4                      
box 5                      
box 6                      
box 7                      
 
May 8th
Gable box 7 - 18.27 first swift home
 
May 9th
Gable box 4 - 21.25 first swift home
 
May 10th
Gable box 1 - 21.54 first swift home
Gable box 4 - 21.42 second swift home
 
May 12th
Gable box 2 - 19.16 first swift home
Gable box 7 - 21.32 second swift home
 
May 13th
Gable box 2 - 20.08 second swift home
 
May 14th
Gable box 1 - 16.40 second swift home
 
May 22nd
Gable box 4 - first egg. 12 days back together
Gable box 7 - first egg. 10 days back together
 
May 23rd
Fight in Gable box 7
Fight in Gable box 7. One marked and its not the resident
 
May 24th
Gable box 4 - second egg
Gable box 7 - second egg
 
May 26th
Gable box 7 - third egg
 
May 27th
Gable box 2 - first egg. 14 days back together
Gable box 3 - first swift back at 21.29
 
May 28th
Gable box 1 - first egg 14 days back together
 
May 29th
Gable box 2 - second egg.
 
May 30th
Gable box 1 - second egg
06.00 5 bangers at the under eave boxes
 
June 1st
  •  
    The tipex marked swift hasn't been seen for 9 days until today
     
  • Gable box 1
    1430 - resident pair together in box
    1453 - Tipex in, no fight, three birds rest together on the nest.
    1641 - A resident bird leaves
    1658 - The second resident bird leaves, leaving Tipex alone in the box.
    1952 - One of the resident birds returns, there is a short fight and Tipex leaves.
    2041 - The second resident bird returns.
    2135 - Tipex returns, stays until he is continually pecked by the resident pair, and leaves at 2147.
     
    Gable box 2 2150 - Tipex enters and stays there with the resident pair overnight.  No fight.
     
    June 3rd
    Gable box 3 - second swift home
     
    June 7th
    under eave box 3 - 19.25 a swift arrives
     
    11th June
    Gable box 4 - First chick hatched (20 days)
    Gable box 7 - One egg knocked off nest at 17:55
    Gable box 5 - single bird in for 4 minutes at 2230
     
    12th June
    Gable box 4 - Second chick hatched (19 days)
    Gable box 7 - Egg replaced onto nest at 1515 hrs
     
    13th June
    Eave box 4 - single swift over night
    Eave box 6 - single swift over night
     
    14th June
    Gable box 3 - First egg laid
    Gable box 7 - First chick hatched (23 days)
    Eave box 4 - single swift over night
    Eave box 6 - single swift over night
     
    15th June
    Eave box 7 - Pair seen together
    Eave box 4 - single swift over night
    Eave box 6 - single swift over night
     
    16th June
    Gable box 3 - Second egg laid
    Gable box 7 - Second and third egg hatched ( 20 and 23 days)
     
    17th June
    Eave box 3 - pair over night
    Eave box 4 - pair over night
     
    18th June
    Eave box 3 - single in briefly at 0636
     
    19th June
    Gable box 2 - First chick hatched (23 days)
    Eave box 3 - single swift over night
    Eave box 4 - single swift over night
     
    20th June
    Gable box 1 - First chick hatched (23 days)
     
    21st June
    Gable box 2 - second chick hatched (23 days)
     
    22nd June
    Gable box 1 - second chick hatched (23 days)
    Eave box 3 - single swift over night
    Eave box 4 - single swift over night
     
    23rd June
    Eave box 3 - single swift over night
     
    24th June
    Dead swift found under garage gable. 1 adult absent from 7 overnight.
     
    25th June
    Still no sign of second bird in 7.
     
    26th June
    Eave box 3 - Pair over night
     
    27th June
    Gable box 6. New Pair?
    Eave box 7 - Pair over night
     
    28th June
    Gable box 6 - pair over night
    Eave box 3 - Pair over night
     
    29th June
    Lots of activity at the under eave boxes.  New arrivals?
    Two adults again in 7? 
    Gable box 6 - Single only
    Eave box 7 - single over night
     
    30th June
    Gable box 7 - Pair of adults overnight
    Gable box 6 - single overnight
    Eave box 7 - single over night
     
    1st July
    Gable box 6 - pair over night
    Gable box 7 - single adult over night
    Eave box 3 - Pair over night
     
    2nd July
    Gable box 6 - single over night
    Gable box 7 - pair over night
    Eave box 3 - pair over night
     
    3rd July
    Gable box 6 - single swift
    Gable box 7 - pair over night
    Eave box 3 - pair over night
    Gable box 3 - First chick hatched. (19 days)
     
    4th July
    Gable box 3 - second chick hatched. (18 days) 11th and final chick.
    Gable box 6 - single over night
    Gable box 7 - pair over night
    Eave box 3 - pair over night