Swifts

They’ve made it again…

They’ve made it again, Which means the globe’s still working, the Creation’s Still waking refreshed, our summer’s Still all to come

‘Swifts’ Ted Hughes

These amazing birds are back - screaming exuberantly as they race through the sky, their arrival changes the day into something wilder, thrilling and more joyous. They spend most of their lives in the air where they feed, mate and sleep only coming to earth to breed. Pairing for life and returning to the same nesting sites every year the parents can fly up to 600 miles a day, often travelling around continental low-pressure systems, to feed their growing chicks.

After fledging the young birds, who may not nest until their fourth year, remain aloft for their early lives, making intercontinental journeys each Autumn and Spring - in a lifetime (usually around 9 years) they can fly as much as 1.5 million miles.

Adults are the first to head south in August, followed by the young. The birds spend the European Autumn and Winter rocketing through African air until the wheel of the year turns again…. and they’re back!