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Swift nest camera
« on: 17 May, 2024, 07:56:14 pm »
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Re: Swift nest camera
« Reply #1 on: 18 May, 2024, 12:14:48 pm »
A second egg laid today at about 9.17am.
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Re: Swift nest camera
« Reply #2 on: 18 May, 2024, 01:14:09 pm »
 :thumbsup:
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Re: Swift nest camera
« Reply #3 on: 18 May, 2024, 07:38:50 pm »
The birds spent between 7 and 8 hours away from the nest today, arriving back within seconds of each other a few minutes ago. You can see what look like lice crawling over the birds' feathers.
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Re: Swift nest camera
« Reply #4 on: 19 May, 2024, 08:52:41 am »
It's an excellent stream and very addictive.  Sweet to see the pair preening each other and comical the way they endlessly fight over nest space, alternately nudging each other off.  Will we get another egg this morning??

Between this and the Post Office enquiry stream my days are full  :thumbsup:
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Re: Swift nest camera
« Reply #5 on: 19 May, 2024, 05:35:36 pm »
My thought is that if the clutch is complete, she/they (apparently both parents incubate) would get straight on with it. The fact that they haven't makes me think that there will be another egg. Indeed, at 5.02pm today, one of the birds was waving his/her bum around over the nest in such a way that made me think that another egg was imminent.
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Re: Swift nest camera
« Reply #6 on: 19 May, 2024, 08:21:51 pm »
When I was watching them yesterday, I though how like nightjars they look - I never realised how wide swifts' mouths are in comparison to their beaks. It makes sense since they are basically used as nets to catch insects.

Then I found this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apodiformes

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Together, the hummingbirds, swifts and treeswifts share several anatomical commonalities with their likely-closest extant relatives in the genus Aegotheles—the owlet-nightjars; in particular, similarities are noted between the birds' skull structures.[3]


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Re: Swift nest camera
« Reply #7 on: 20 May, 2024, 10:54:37 am »
Egg number 3 appeared some time since last night.
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Re: Swift nest camera
« Reply #8 on: 20 May, 2024, 01:40:52 pm »
The birds spent between 7 and 8 hours away from the nest today, arriving back within seconds of each other a few minutes ago. You can see what look like lice crawling over the birds' feathers.
I can't make out the lice, but that might be a deficiency in my eyes and/or monitor. I do remember reading though that the "average" mammal has one or two species of lice at any one time, and the "average" bird three to six.

As for the synchronised return to nest, I wonder if that is triggered by external events eg light levels, or are they in communication as they fly? I presume they can distinguish each other's screeches as we can distinguish people's voices.
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Re: Swift nest camera
« Reply #9 on: 20 May, 2024, 02:33:20 pm »
A quick Google suggests brood size is usually 2-3 eggs, so it's likely that full-time incubation is now in progress

Re: Swift nest camera
« Reply #10 on: 20 May, 2024, 02:48:15 pm »
I can't make out the lice

When I happened to check in a couple of days ago, there was one bird on the nest, panting, with 2 or 3 lice attached to an upper eyelid. The lice (or whatever they were) were each about the size of the bird's eye.

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Re: Swift nest camera
« Reply #11 on: 20 May, 2024, 05:15:57 pm »
I can't make out the lice, but that might be a deficiency in my eyes and/or monitor

I couldn't see them until I bumped up the resolution from 480p to 720p.
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Re: Swift nest camera
« Reply #12 on: 21 May, 2024, 07:08:13 pm »
19.02. Swift arrives back. Louse clearly visible on left side of head. Incubating swift then screams a bit and they leave together.
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Re: Swift nest camera
« Reply #13 on: 21 May, 2024, 07:43:33 pm »
I seem to remember that the first birdwatching computer CD we got mentioned lice and swifts. They suffer rather more than many birds.
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Re: Swift nest camera
« Reply #14 on: 02 June, 2024, 09:06:35 pm »
It's now 13 days since they started incubating. That means that the eggs are due t hatch around 8th June.
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Re: Swift nest camera
« Reply #15 on: 05 June, 2024, 11:27:22 pm »
First one hatched this evening.  Visible just before 10pm.
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Re: Swift nest camera
« Reply #16 on: 06 June, 2024, 09:47:19 pm »
There are two chicks and 1 egg left.
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Re: Swift nest camera
« Reply #17 on: 07 June, 2024, 01:15:35 pm »
You can see the two lively little hatched critters during a change-over at 13.13.30 in the timeline.
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Re: Swift nest camera
« Reply #18 on: 07 June, 2024, 03:23:53 pm »
You can see the two lively little hatched critters during a change-over at 13.13.30 in the timeline.
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Re: Swift nest camera
« Reply #19 on: 07 June, 2024, 09:43:07 pm »
You get a good view of the hatchlings at 21.35 when the nest is unattended for 5 minutes.  They have goggles  :o
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Re: Swift nest camera
« Reply #20 on: 08 June, 2024, 08:56:58 am »
Looks like the third one has hatched.  Can't see it but new broken shell just outside the nest.

No wonder the adults are so fidgety - can't be very comfortable sitting on the little wrigglers.
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Re: Swift nest camera
« Reply #21 on: 08 June, 2024, 03:25:57 pm »
At 15.23 you get the first really clear view of all 4 chicks as they're being fed.
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Re: Swift nest camera
« Reply #22 on: 09 June, 2024, 08:51:22 pm »
20:49 today no adults on nest, see all three chicks doing some kind of headbanging/hugging/fighting thing.
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