Swifts are leaving for Africa. Watch the skies
now for the last of their spectacular aerial displays as they get ready
leave us for another year. They will be feeding up to get the energy
for their return flight to the Congo.
You can see them high and
low, over fields and rivers and ponds, snapping up flying insects
and indulging in great screaming get-togethers. They will fly back to
the Congo around West Africa and across the Sahel; amazing flights of
will leave us, but with luck each Swift will come back to breed
next May, maybe to your own house, or to your nestbox if you have put
one up for them.
have shared our buildings ever since the Romans
came to Britain and the deforestation of the British Isles started to
accelerate. That was when Swifts moved into our buildings. They nearly
all breed now in our eaves and gables, but cannot use modern and
renovated or insulated buildings as these all exclude them.
So unless we help them, Swifts will vanish from the UK.
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