EDRG Swifts


Swifts have been ringed by EDRG since 2005 with dedicated nest boxes, complete with nest cameras to monitor what is happening inside the box situated at a site just south of Ripon, North Yorkshire.

The picture above is of swiflet triplets, a first for the EDRG nest boxes as the usual brood size is one or two.

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A picture above of the dedicated swift nest boxes

Swift in B Monkton nestbox May 2018

Images of a swift on the nest taken by the nest camera.

Swift egg - Box 3 BMK May 2019

The same nest but without the sitting swift!!

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Said swiflet!

There are now five boxes at the site and totals ringed since 2005 are as follows:

11 Adults

59 Pulli

Although there have been no recoveries of these birds in wintering countries or elsewhere, two females birds were retrapped at the site

Adult female, with ring number SE94908, was ringed on 8 July 2010 and retrapped at the same site on 8 July 2012.

Adult female, with ring number SE94935, was ringed on 1 July 2014 and retrapped at the same site on 7 July 2017 and 13 July 2018.

For more details and information about swifts in general please click on the following links :

Action for Swifts : http://actionforswifts.blogspot.com/

Leeds Swift Group : https://www.startbirding.co.uk/leeds-swifts/

There is also an app for mobiles called Swift Mapper. The purpose of the Swift Mapper smartphone app is to record the location of swifts and swift nest sites around the UK. This information can then be used to monitor distribution and population changes.  The data can also be used by local authority planners, architects, ecologists and developers to find out where swift “hotspots” are. It is hoped that this information will assist with providing suitable mitigation to protect breeding swifts during building development and renovations. This data will play an important role in reversing the decline of this charismatic migrant bird.  Click on the following link for more information: This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.

Swift Mapper













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