Swifts arrive in Shropshire
The Swifts came back to Shropshire at the end of April according to the Ludlow Swift Conservation Group. They are circling and screeching above me now in the middle of the morning here in the north of the county.
House Martins, Swifts
all make the journey back to their nests here in Britain to rear the next brood of chicks. There are examples of where the birds have come back to the same nest site for several years so that is why it is best not to disturb the nests in between seasons if at all possible. Sometimes it is unavoidable, and the nest is moved or destroyed, when this happens the birds will be seen circling around the area trying to find the lost nest, but in the end they will accept that it is no longer there and start to build a new nest.
The Swallows and House Martins will be making their nests now (mid May) and the recent wet weather will bode well for them, as they need to be able to find mud to make their nests. If a dry Spring is experienced then they do struggle to find suitable sites to extract mud for the nest building. So this year looks good for the Swallows and House Martins.
Swifts tend to build nests in crevices in walls and barns, so the Swift Nest box is a good idea if you want to encourage them to your area.