Elaine S. writes:
The swifts in my road in North Oxford seem to have gone.
Two weeks ago, very belatedly, I set up my CD player with the swift conservation swift calls recordings on fairly loud near our two north facing swift boxes. Within minutes, like a bolt from an arrow, a sparrowhawk flew down the street and perched on the ridge tiles of the roof nearby. It stayed there for ten minutes or so until I switched off the recordings in pity of deceiving such a beautiful bird.
I haven’t done a formal survey this year, but plenty (up to 10) arcing around throughout the summer.
Although the boxes have been there for three years, they have not had any swifts nesting in them yet.
Elaine Steane 31 July 2022