Swift return

It’s been another windy one! The weather is almost like summer, if only that wind would stop blowing so forcefully. The reserve is beginning to look more colourful, and the buttercups are making an appearance – it won’t be long before the meadows are awash with yellow! There was a lot of lovely sound around as I wandered down the reserve today, warblers warbling, blackbirds harmonising, and there were several swifts about, calling as they flew with that high-pitched shriek that is so characteristic of the species, and resonant of summer. Here are a couple of photos taken on the reserve today.

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The wind didn’t stop 33 bringing in another big roach today, at about 09:30. It also didn’t affect the speed of his success, as it didn’t take him very long to catch it! One minute he was incubating, the next he was gone, and the next he was back again!

33's roach

33’s roach

33 delivers the roach

33 delivers the roach

Maya grabs it

Maya grabs it

She prepares to fly away

She prepares to fly away

 

After Maya had taken the fish away, 33 settled down to incubate the eggs.

33 goes to the eggs

33 goes to the eggs

He settles down on them

He settles down on them

 

Maya returned after she’d had enough fish, and left the remains of it on the nest. 33 was enjoying incubating too much to move though! Eventually he did get up and he took the remains of the fish off to finish, and Maya sat back on the eggs.

Maya is back

Maya is back

 

This morning, whilst 33 was doing a shift of incubation, Maya arrived at the nest with a big stick!

Maya's stick

Maya’s stick

 

Then later on, whilst Maya was incubating, 33 brought one!

33's stick

33’s stick

 

It’s great that the birds are so dedicated to their parental duties, especially 33 who is new to incubating actual eggs! It will be interesting to see how he copes when he has chicks to care for. It won’t be long now, perhaps only eight or nine days, til the first chick appears and we’ll find out! I’m sure he’ll do a super job.

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One response to “Swift return”

  1. Bill Hunt

    I think they know the eggs are due to hatch and they’re building the sticks up to protect the family…..