But with luck they'll be back next May
Our Swifts have left for Africa. In early to mid-August we were watching
the last of their spectacular aerial displays as they got ready
leave us for another year. They were feeding up to get the energy
for their return flight to the Congo.
You could see them high and
low, over fields and rivers and ponds, snapping up flying insects
and indulging in great screaming get-togethers. Now they are flying back to
the Congo around West Africa and across the Sahel; amazing flights of
will have left us, but with luck each Swift will come back to breed
next May, maybe to your own house, or to your nestbox if you have put
one up for them.
have shared our buildings ever since the Romans
came to Britain and the deforestation of the British Isles started to
accelerate. That was when Swifts moved into our buildings. Nearly
all now breed in our eaves and gables, but cannot use modern and
renovated or insulated buildings as these exclude them.
Unless we help them, Swifts will vanish from the UK.
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