Swifts at Holy Trinity in Bradford on Avon have been causing a lot of interest lately after the installation of swift boxes in the tower by Roger Becket and Peter Grayshon of the Bradford on Avon Swift Group.
From one of the people on the Swift Group:
When I was walking past Holy Trinity at 8am this morning there was a large party of screaming Swifts (presumably youngsters) flying round the tower. They were repeatedly flying up to the window where the nest boxes are and the calls were playing and then shearing off but then I saw several land briefly and peer in and finally one actually entered and didn’t re-emerge while I was watching.
Later in the morning after the calls had stopped I walked past again and the birds were still flying around but this time showing interest in all the windows and landing briefly on the one facing Church Road. This seems very good news so soon after the boxes have been installed and seems to show they feel the Church is a good place to nest. Now what we need is a camera…
Below are some photographs taken by Nick Upton, who photographed the installation of the swift boxes in the tower.