Swift Diary 2017
     
                 left - gable boxes, middle - under eave boxes, right - under eave back
gable boxes

nb = non breeder from 2016

  bird 1 bird 2 egg 1 egg 2 egg 3 1st out 2nd out 3rd out 1st fledged 2nd fledged 3rd fledged
1                      
2                      
3                      
4                      
5 4/5 7/5 15/5 17/5 19/5 due c9/6          
6 8/5 nb 8/5 nb awol                
7 4/5   26/5 28/5 ?30/5 due c20/6          
8                      
9 6/5 nb 9/5 nb 19/5 21/5 23/5 due c13/6          
10                      
11 17/5 awol                  

under eave boxes - front

  bird 1 bird 2 egg 1 egg 2 egg 3 1st out 2nd out 3rd out 1st fledged 2nd fledged 3rd fledged
1                      
2                      
3                      
4                      
5                      
6                      
7                      
8                      
9 5/5 6/5 22/5 24/5 26/5 due c16/6          

under eave boxes - back

  bird 1 bird 2 egg 1 egg 2 egg 3 1st hatch 2nd hatched 3rd hatched 1st fledged 2nd fledged 3rd fledged
1 5/5 awol                  
2                      
3                      
 
 
2017 Observations
(bracketed dates are from previous seasons)
 
videos can be seen here https://www.youtube.com/user/sandersii/videos

the dates when the first swift of each pair has returned to their nest boxes on my house

2009 May 6th, 8th, 9th, 9th, 9th, 13th
2010 May 3rd, 3rd, 3rd, 4th, 9th, 9th, 16th
2011 May 3rd, 5th, 5th, 6th, 8th
2012 May 10th, 10th, 10th, 12th
2013 May 7th, 7th, 7th, 12th, 17th, 17th, 31st
2014 May 2nd, 3rd, 3rd, 6th, 6th, 7th
2015 May 5th, 5th, 8th, 8th, 13th, 14th, 14th, 15th
2016 May 4th, 4th, 4th, 4th, 4th, 5th, 5th, 5th, 8th,
 
average date = May 8th/9th
 
April 15th two swifts at Oxford Island
 
April 22nd
c.10 swifts at Oxford Island
a swift is back in a box in Cullybackey
 
April 27th two swifts very close to the house
 
May 1st
sunrise 05.46 sunset 21.00
 
May 3rd 20.00 2 swifts over the house
 
May 4th
21.10 5 screaming swift fly by the gable
Gable box 5 21.40 a swift arrives (4/5/16), (4/5/15), (2/5/14), (7/5/13), (10/5/12), (5/5/11), (16/5/10)
Gable box 7 21.40 a swift arrives (5/4/16), (13/5/15), (7/5/14), (7/5/13), (12/5/12), (3/5/11), (3/5/10), (6/5/09)
 
May 5th
Under eave back 1 19.32 first bird returned (19/5/16), (14/5/15), (19/5/14) (5/6/13) (11/6/13)
Under eave front 9 20.57 GPS swift home
 
May 6th
Gable box 9 21.30 non breeder from 2016 returns
Under eave front 9 21.19 the mate returns
Gable box 7 swift hasn't been back
 
May 7th hottest day of the year 22c
Gable box 5 18.20 second swift arrives
 
21.40 An under eave swift that lives in number 9 entered gable box 7 for 10 minutes, left and tried to enter under eave 8, went back and entered gable box 7, stayed a couple of minutes, left and entered its own box
 
May 8th
Gable box 7 0855 a nervous swift enters and leaves at 08.56
Gable box 4 08.56 a nervous swift enters and leaves at 08.58
 
12.10 three swifts acting like bangers
 
Gable box 6
18.58 a swift arrives and leaves at 19.04
19.10 a swift arrives and leaves at 19.11
none have been seen since today
 
May 9th
Gable box 9 12.15 second swift arrives
Gable box 6 19.30 a swift arrives with a feather
Gable box 6 19.38 the second swift arrives
Under eave front 9 22.58 the agitated swift left its nest in the dark
 
a swift colony in Nice, France
 
May 10th
Gable box 6 12.12 a nervous swift enters and leaves at 12.13
Under eave front 9 22.15 the agitated swift left its nest in the dark
 
May 13th
Gable box 4 16.29 a swift enters and leaves at 16.31. A swift arrives at 16.32 and leaves at 16.35
 
May 14th
Gable box 6 15.36 a swift arrives and leaves at 16.40
Gable box 6 16.41 in and out three times in 5 minutes
Gable box 4 16.47 a swift arrives and leaves at 16.50
 
May 15th
sunrise 05.18 sunset 21.25
 
Gable box 5 1st egg 8 days together  
 
May 16th
Gable box 2 21.46 a swift arrives and leaves at 21.53
 
May 17th
Gable box 5 2nd egg
Gable box 7 swift hasn't been seen for 11 days - where's its mate?
Gable box 7 09.36 a swift arrives. Is it the missing swift, its mate or a non breeder? It stays until 10.45
Gable box 4 10.53 a swift arrives and leaves at 11.37
Gable box 7 13.10 a swift arrives and leaves at 13.45
Gable box 11 19.18 a swift arrives and leaves at 19.40
Gable box 11 21.32 a swift arrives and stays over night
Gable box 7 21.53 a swift arrives and stays over night
 
May 18th
wasp nest in gable box 4
Gable box 3 10.45 a swift arrives and leaves at 10.50
under eave back 1 13.41 a nervous swift arrives and leaves at 13.45
Gable box 7 14.50 two swifts arrive. No fighting
Gable box 6 16.14 a swift arrives and leaves at 16.16
Gable box 7 20.40 a swift arrives 20.44 a second swift arrives. No fighting!
 
May 19th
Gable box 5 3rd egg
Gable box 9 first egg 10 days back together
Gable box 4 07.55 a swift arrives and leaves at 08.07
Gable box 3 08.28 a swift arrives and leaves at 08.32
Gable box 7 08.38 an intruder arrives, residents inside, and leaves immediately
 
Gable box 3 09.30 a swift arrives and leaves at 09.33
Gable box 6 10.16 a swift arrives and leaves at 10.18
Gable box 2 10.21 a swift arrives and leaves at 10.28
Gable box 4 10.40 a swift arrives and leaves at 10.55
Gable box 3 11.43 a swift arrives and leaves at 11.50
Gable box 4 12.18 a swift arrives and leaves at 12.30
Gable box 3 12.33 a swift arrives and leaves at 12.35
 
May 20th
Gable box 5 18.44 an intruder and a quick fight
 
May 22nd
under eave front 9 - first egg
Gable box 9 second egg
 
May 24th
under eave front 9 - second egg laid at 10.49
 
 
May 26th
Gable box 7 16.28 1st egg
 
May 27th
Gable box 7 egg accidentally kicked out buy it was replaced later
 
Gable box 7 mating on the nest
 
 
May 28th
Gable box 7 2nd egg at 13.05
 
Nothing to report. Very quiet outside and in the nest boxes
 
June 1st
sunrise 04.55 sunset 21.51
 
June 4th
Gable Box 5 first chick out
 
June 8th
Gable box 6 12.05 a nervous swift arrives and leaves at 12.36
Gable box 6 13.32 a swift arrives and leaves at 13.55
15.00 bangers outside
Gable box 6 15.24 a swift arrives and leaves at 15.52
Gable box 2 18.44 a swift arrives and leaves at 19.38
Gable box 6 22.16 a swift arrives and stays over night
 
June 9th
Gable box 6 05.50 the swift leaves
Gable box 4 06.13 a swift arrives and leaves at 06.29
Gable box 6 06.34 a swift arrives
Gable box 7 06.44 an intruder arrives causing a fight that lasts for 4 minutes
Gable box 6 08.00 a swift arrives and leaves at 08.45
Gable box 6 09.30 a swift arrives and leaves at 10.45
Gable box 6 15.50 2 swifts arrive with 1 doing the I have a nest call. One doesn't go in. It leaves at 16.00
Gable box 6 19.12 a swift arrives and leaves at 19.23
Gable box 6 19.24 a swift arrives
Gable box 6 19.24  second swift arrives and leaves at 19.30
 
Gable box 6 19.45 the first swift leaves
Gable box 4 19.52 a swift arrives and leaves at 20.03
Gable box 6 20.03 a swift arrives
Gable box 6 20.04 a second swift arrives and leaves at 20.08
Gable box 6 20.18 first sift leaves
Gable box 4 21.23 a swift arrives
 
June 10th
Gable box 4 09.22 the swift leaves
Gable box 5 10.59 an intruder enters
Gable box 6 10.59 a swift arrives and leaves at 12.35
Gable box 6 13.38 two swifts arrive. 14.50 both are on the nest. They leave at 16.42 and 16.58
Gable box 5 17.36 an intruder arrives and they fight until 18.13
Gable box 6 21.52 a swift arrives
Gable box 6 22.03 a second swift arrives
 
June 11th
Gable box 6 09.00 both leave
Gable box 4 09.44 a swift arrives and leaves at 10.17
Gable box 6 11.24 a swift arrives
Gable box 6 11.29 a second swift arrives
Gable box 6 they leave at 13.16 and 13.24
Gable box 4 16.06 a swift arrives and leaves at 16.16
Gable box 6 18.28 a swift arrives and leaves at 19.00
Gable box 6 20.36 a swift arrives and leaves at 21.11
Gable box 6 21.32 a swift arrives
Gable box 6 21.34 a second swift arrives
 
June 12th
Gable box 4 10.07 a swift arrives and leaves at 10.10
Gable box 6 is being used frequently
Gable box 3 20.35 a swift arrives and leaves at 21.23
 
June 15th
sunrise 04.47 sunset 22.04

Too quiet. Not much activity from non breeders

June 24th
Gable box 6 amazed to see the new pair have an egg. 15 days together
Gable box 5 11.33 two intruders a few seconds apart
 
June 26th
Gable box 6 second egg
 
All quiet again. Not much happening during the day other than breeders feeding chicks
 
July 1st
sunrise 04.52 sunset 21.51
 
July 5th
Gable box 11 10.24 a swift arrives and leaves at 10.34
Gable box 11 14.24 a swift arrives and leaves at 14.30
Gable box 11 21.44 a swift arrives and leaves at 21.46
two months late!
 
July 6th
Gable box 11 04.55 a swift arrives and leaves at 05.00
Gable box 11 05.05 a swift arrives and leaves at 05.10
Gable box 11 06.28 a swift arrives and leaves at 06.36
Gable box 11 06.47 two swifts arrive. No fighting. Both leave at 09.12
Gable box 11 22.04 a swift arrives and leaves at 22.06
Gable box 11 22.27 a swift arrives
 
July 7th
Gable box 11 04.30 the swift leaves
Gable box 11 06.15 a swift arrives and leaves at 06.38
Gable box 11 06.45 a swift arrives and leaves at 06.49
Gable box 11 07.41 a swift arrives and leaves at 08.12
Gable box 11 08.15 a swift arrives and leaves at 08.47
Gable box 11 14.47 an intruder arrives and leaves at 14.52
Gable box 11 17.24 a swift arrives and leaves at 17.44
Gable box 11 21.30 a swift arrives and leaves at 21.31
Gable box 11 21.40 a swift arrives and leaves at 21.44
 
July 8th
Gable box 11 05.38 a swift arrives and leaves at 05.45
Gable box 11 05.48 a swift arrives and leaves at 05.55
 
July 10th
Gable box 4 07.40 a swift arrives and leaves at 07.47
Gable box 11 08.25 two swifts arrive and there isn't a fight. They leave at 09.13 and 09.17
Gable box 4 10.15 a swift arrives and leaves at 10.26
Gable box 4 12.23 a swift arrives and leaves at 12.30
Gable box 4 12.45 two swifts arrive and there isn't a fight. They leave at 13.28 and 13.30
Gable box 11 15.02 a swift arrives and leaves at 15.10
Gable box 11 22.20 a swift arrives and leaves at 22.24
Gable box 4 22.29 and leaves at 22.47
Gable box 11 22.50 a swift arrives
 
July 11th
Gable box 11 04.46 the swift leaves
Gable box 4 04.48 a swift arrives 04.52
Gable box 11 06.34 a swift arrives and leaves at 06.44
Gable box 11 06.45 a swift arrives and leaves at 07.02
Gable box 3 07.28 a swift arrives and leaves at 07.42
Gable box 11 09.05 a swift arrives and leaves at 09.12
Gable box 11 11.12 a swift arrives and leaves at 11.18
Gable box 11 11.22 a swift arrives and leaves at 11.23
Gable box 11 12.05 a swift arrives and leaves at 12.25
Gable box 11 13.25 a swift arrives and leaves at 13.44
 
July 12th
Gable box 11 06.13 a swift arrives and leaves at 06.38
Gable box 11 06.46 a swift arrives and leaves at 07.11
Gable box 2 08.16 a confident swift arrives and leaves at 08.25
Gable box 11 08.30 a swift arrives and leaves at 08.35
Gable box 4 08.47 a swift arrives and leaves at 08.54
Gable box 4 11.16 a swift arrives and leaves at 11.46
Gable box 4 22.45 a swift arrives
 
July 13th
Gable box 4 05.05 the swift leaves
Gable box 4 05.40 a swift arrives and leaves at 05.50
Gable box 4 05.59 a swift arrives and leaves at 06.02
Gable box 2 10.35 a swift arrives and leaves at 11.07
Gable box 6 first chick hatched this afternoon
 
July 14th
Gable box 11 05.02 a swift arrives and leaves at 05.06
Gable box 4 06.34 a swift arrives and leaves at 06.09
Gable box 5 10.02 first chick fledged aged 40 days
Gable box 6 second chick hatched this afternoon
 
July 15th
sunrise 05.08 sunset 21.52
 
Gable box 5 an intruder arrives causing a 5 minute fight
 
July 16th
Gable box 5 10.02 second chick fledged aged 42 days
 
July 18th
Gable box 5 10.02 third chick fledged aged 44 days
 
July 21st
Gable box 9 13.20 first, and only, chick fledged aged 44 days
Gable box 5 21.47 ?foster chick fledged
 
July 22nd
under eave 9 13.23 first chick fledged
Gable box 4 22.08 a swift arrives and leaves at 22.13
 
July 23rd
under eave 9 second chick fledged between dawn and 7am
 
July 25th
under eave front 6 a new pair. DVR on at 08.29. They leave at 09.49 and 09.52
under eave front 6 12.32 a swift arrives and leaves at 12.40
under eave front 6 12.49 a swift arrives and leaves at 12.53
under eave front 6 13.28 a swift arrives and leaves at 13.57
under eave front 2 14.24 a swift arrives and leaves immediately
under eave front 6 14.24 a swift arrives
under eave front 4 14.26 a swift arrives 14.29
under eave front 2 14.32 a swift arrives and leaves at 14.34
under eave front 6 14.48 the swift leaves
 
July 26th
under eave front 2 14.40 a swift arrives and leaves at 14.54
 
July 27th
under eave front 2 06.16 a pair of swifts arrive 30 seconds apart. No fighting. Both leave at 07.13
under eave front 2 14.10 a swift arrives and leaves at 14.16
under eave front 5 14.16 a swift arrives
under eave front 6 14.16 a swift arrives at 14.25
under eave front 5 15.43 the swift leaves
under eave front 22.00 a swift trying to enter a nest box
 
July 29th
gable box 7 10.00 a nervous swifts enters and leaves immediately
under eave front 4 10.01 a swift arrives
under eave front 6 10.01.30 a swift arrives
gable box 11 10.03 a swift arrives and leaves at 10.45
under eave front 6 10.52 the swift leaves
under eave front 4 11.30 the swift leaves
under eave front 6 22.10 a swift arrives and leaves at 02.55
 
July 30th
under eave front 6 08.12 a swift arrives and leaves at 08.36
under eave front 2 21.56 a swift arrives and leaves at 22.10
gable box 11 22.01 a swift arrives
 
July 31st
gable box 11 the swift leaves at 05.34
 
August 1st
sunrise 05.35 sunset 21.25
 
under eave front 6 07.26 a swift arrives and leaves at 08.25
gable box 9 foster chick fledges at 08.38