Swifts weigh about 40grams making these birds superb fliers, they can even sleep on the wing and can fly up to 5,000 km in five days in the spring. They come back from warmer climates in April and start to nest.
Our resident swifts nest is inside a church and once they return to the nest they will lay two or three eggs at two or three day intervals. Incubation usually lasts for around 19-20 days with the adults sharing all of the duties including incubation, feeding and protecting the nest. Once hatched the young will eat a diet on insects brought in by the parents.
We hope that you enjoy watching our webcams, the feeds for which have kindly been provided by the Beleef de Lente Project, courtesy of Vogelbescherming Nederland.