Sunday, June 24, 2007

Clean your room!

That is something a swift chicks don't have to do. Mum and dad clean their nest and its surroundings. There goes a lot in th emouth of these little swifts but also there comes a lot out... And what happens with that? Right! Mum and dad eat it away and take it out of the nest. That way the room under my rooftiles is kept clean. There are swifts here for years and years but it never gets real messy under my rooftiles.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

birds of a feather

The young are 10 days old now. They are covered in down. And at the oldest wings you can spot even the beginning of its wingfeathers. (See the video). There is enough to eat: weather is fine so mum and dad bring food very regular.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007


And it was Loes again who saw it first: there are three little swifts in the nest.

And there is young swift number two

And ther eit is, number two. This night at 7:30 pm I witnessed a feeding session. One of the parents enters the nest with a mouth full of nice bugs. Pre-chewed. The two youngster seem not to be that hungry but: they must eat. In about 42 days they must be ready to fly to Africa. But before that they must grow wings, feathers and more birdstuff.
See the video.

Monday, June 11, 2007

The first chick

Thanks to Loes Egberink. She announced me the first chick, this evening at 8.30 pm.
She even send me this picture. Tomorrow more news and maybe some video footage.