Our swifts arrived in mid May whilst I was walking across Scotland. They’ve been living in our eaves just above the study window for about ten weeks. Long enough to produce a family and feed the youngsters for about six weeks, after which time the young fledge and are immediately ‘on their own’. They live their lives on the wing, and will fly continuously for about four years, before returning to breed.
We’ve had them for many years. The pairs mate for life and return to the same nesting spot. Last year ours returned very late, so perhaps we gained a new pair. This year they arrived on time. They have headed off to Africa – south of the Sahara I think; I wonder if they have reached there yet?
We will miss them.