It is getting to that time of year again and today I got my first glimpse of a returning swift. Just one, that flew over my garden and then disappeared over the houses. It has put me in a good mood now, I love them so! We have them nest in our roof and I am hoping that they return and successfully raise young - last year was not a good year. I also, thanks to Alton Towers, got my first look at a nuthatch in the flesh. It swooped over my daughters head and settled on a branch just a few feet away. Another dot in my bird book!
Lucky old you! We have a number of nests around here, including a few doors up the street. They won't arrive until about 1 May though.
They've finally begun to arrive today - a bit late but better than never.
Just seen two on my local patch
Oh I love it when they return. I hope the weather improves for them though. I had one come out of the entrance hole under our roof soffit yesterday. hope they decide it a good place to raise young.
So long as it's dry and secure and they can get in and out, it will be fine! It's good that your gaps haven't been blocked up.
I have a slate missing above my garage which has a random stick poking out and in the inside a nest wedged between the roof and a beam. I haven't seen anything go in could it be a swift nest?
It doesn't sounds like one. Swifts lay their eggs on a flattish surface well inside the roof, perhaps jammed in a corner against a beam, with barely any nest materials other than some feathers and anything else caught on the wing, like paper.
Although you don't say what the nest is like, yours doesn't sound like that - perhaps it's a starling nest?
Had one over ours Wed afternoon.
That's great Liz, I've not seen one yet, thought I did t'other day but couldn't be sure :)
Let us know if they return to nest in your roof, fingers crossed for you :)
The nest looks like its made of mud but its got a few cob-webs attached to it so its a bit hard to tell.
I am a new member today! Now we are retired, we spend several months here in southern Spain, and we are in the perfect place to watch all the wonderful birds in the area. Last week there were hundreds of swifts flying about, it just looked a bit like a huge wasps nest with so many in the sky. We had two come down our chimney! Luckily we managed to lift them out gently and they both flew away happily. They are lovely creatures to see close up....but I'd rather they didn't come down the chimney, so we are going to fit some mesh to stop it happening again. The reason I joined this forum, is because when on our early morning walk, we came across several baby dead birds on the pavement under a tree, then we spotted two still alive, a Spanish man came up and put the two little birds back up into the tree, but when we were walking back ten minutes later, the two little birds were on the ground again, one of them was obviously nearly dead, but the other was still standing looking very frightened and alone. She was only half fledged, I know you are supposed to leave them, but I just couldn't, so I cuddled it gently under my jacket, and with lots of patience managed to get her to take food. We've now had her for five days. She is a Siskin, and a really lovely little character, we've had her for five days now, and she's taken over the house! She is attempting to fly short distances now and has no fear of us and takes feeds well-I'm teaching her to catch little fruit flies on the window, and she tries hard and has almost succeeded! She loves sitting on our shoulders and watching the birds we feed outside (one being a wagtail we befriended as it has a deformed foot, he comes and sits on the chair-back outside our window, looking through and tweeting for food until we take it some grated cheese)! We are so happy "Tufty" (she has two tufts of down on her head)is looking so well and perky now, but we are very worried as we have to return to UK in two weeks, we think she is now too tame to survive in the wild.
Hi Dizzy duck
It sounds like House martin to me But could be swallow.
Hi Tuftymum welcome to the forum.
The only thing i can think of you can do is gradually intoduce it to the outside and see if flies off of its own accord..the others may have better ideas.
Oh dear Tuftymum, apart from as doggie says getting her used to the great outdoors, is there a neighbour that could keep an eye on her as she adjusts to the wild again? And Dizzy duck, you're lucky to have either a house martin or swallow. There are house martins that nest and some that attempt to near us. My soffits are just right for them but they shun me every year, lol.