These pages log the progress of a small swift colony of four nestboxes in Sibford Ferris. The nestboxes were installed as part of a house extension in time for the 2016 swift season. They are located inside the loft space with short tunnels from inconspicuous entrance holes in the north-facing gable end.
Would you like to know more about swifts? Read this fascinating article about The Greatest Bird On Earth .
Swifts have been declining in numbers – by over 50% in the last 20 years in the UK – but you can help by putting up nestboxes designed for them, as several Sibford residents have done. There is good guidance for doing this at Bristol Swifts .
Swift, Swallow or Martin?
Swallows and house martins are often mistakenly identified as swifts. This RSPB guide will help you distinguish them.
sweeping the skies
diving and dancing
in perfect symmetry
here and gone
This poem was published in Sibford Scene #444 (June 2022) and is included here by permission of the author “AMA”.