Author Topic: Swift boxes  (Read 680 times)

Wowbagger

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Swift boxes
« on: July 16, 2020, 06:56:32 pm »
I've bought one and I want to get it fitted, but it's going to be beyond my capabilities. Moreover, I the one I boughr is so sodding heavy that I think it will take two blokes in a cherry picker to do the honours.

Does anyone else have a swift box? And is it occupied?
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Wowbagger

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Re: Swift boxes
« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2020, 09:37:30 pm »


Well, there's a provisional installation. I just leaned out of the window on the left, where the lower pane opens, and put the box on the window sill of the other window, where the top pane opens. I feel pretty sure that the box is so heavy that the wind will never shift it, and that is east-facing so it will be sheltered from the worst of the gales in any case.

Those that claim to know say that you should put the box at least 5 metres up. That is 4 metres but worth a punt for next year. if the swifts ignore it I might consider getting it installed at soffit level, but I'm not confident that our bricks are strong enough to support the box's weight. This one is actually designed to be built into a wall.
Eating's a serious business. Don't bollocks around wagging your tail.

Re: Swift boxes
« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2020, 03:27:53 pm »
That looks astonishingly like the back of a digital radio I've got - even down to the rounded corners!

Aunt Maud

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Re: Swift boxes
« Reply #3 on: July 24, 2020, 04:52:52 pm »
I was considering manufacturing one from ply and attaching it to the house for next year. I like the look of Peak Boxes, so I may copy their design with modifications for our house.

We have a goodly number of swifts in the local area and I'd like to attract them to nest by the house for birding fun.