I love the Swifts and I look to the sky at the beginning of May. This year they arrived later than last year. I first saw them on the 7th this year and last year it was on the 1st May. I do the the Swift count with the RSPB every year. It is just so important to look after the Swifts, they fly so far to get here and give us such pleasure. I love the way the Dutch are looking after them, that is just brilliant.
Go to www.swift-conservation.org/news.htm for the latest news.
I certainly think that Swifts are not all that plentiful this year in my area, which is not very encouraging. What does anyone else reckon?
Please keep an eye out, marc and everyone; it may just be a late year. And do put your records in to the people who need them.
non in addlestone either. we have had at least one family for years but not this year
Have a look at www.oum.ox.uk/visiting/swifts to see their diary for this year and other interesting stuff.
With the weather becoming more summery after the cold spring, it's still worth looking out for Swifts nesting - many will have started late. I've noticed more Swifts around, many of which may be young birds from previous seasons. But if you do see nesting activity please report it to your local Wildlife Trust or Ornithological Society - they will appreciate every record!
Sorry about the link, Welshonion; it worked when I first posted it, so it's a mystery to me! You're lucky to have such close encounters.