I would advise caution with breeding success; Swifts have a 9 week period from egg laying to fledging (19 days incubation + 6 to 8 wks to fledging) so unless eggs laid 8th May (as soon as they arrived) unlikely to see fledged juvs this early. Both nests under my eaves have failed this year, yet 24 Swifts zooming around the house y’day evening, when previously a max of 12.
Flocks of no more than four Swifts this year, in Chipstable. Thinking it was a low year. Until two days ago, when suddenly a flock of 27! That’s some breeding success rate! (Perhaps I was seeing separate flocks of four earlier in the season??)
Lots of low-flying swifts in Meare village this morning, and a flock screaming through Wedmore - as you say Martin, looks like a good year!
Great to see a tight flock of 15 Swifts using the sky above my garden in Westhay as a racetrack this morning. They were covering a circle about 50 metres in diameter and screaming at the tops of their voices so I can only assume that they were just enjoying themselves. There are always a few nests in the village and it seems that they have been successful this year.