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Swift Bricks

Written by Bob Sundstrom

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[Common Swift flight calls, https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/119450241]

The high-pitched calls of Widespread Swifts zooming overhead. It’s a welcome sound throughout Europe in the summertime. Widespread Swifts are professional aviators. They do every part within the air – they feed, they mate, they even sleep, whereas on the wing.

However swifts come to earth to nest – they usually don’t thoughts having people round after they do. Widespread Swifts are infamous for constructing their nests in eaves and beneath roof tiles and gables. They tailored to reap the benefits of the constructions constructed by us.

However the newer, sleeker buildings constructed at present don’t have the identical sorts of nooks and crannies — and that’s unhealthy information for nesting swifts. Prior to now 30 years, the variety of swifts in Nice Britain has fallen by half.

However there’s a intelligent means for folks to assist. They’re known as “swift bricks” — little nest packing containers designed to match the outside of a constructing and supply nook for a nesting swift.

There are various kinds of swift bricks, designed to mix in with all types of constructing supplies. The bricks simply have to have the right-sized entrance gap and a nesting cavity inside. And the swifts simply appear to like them.

Some North American swifts will nest round buildings too. However they like bigger hollows, like chimneys. We are able to construct them nest websites, too — discover out extra about Chimney Swift Towers on our web site, BirdNote Dot Org.

Till subsequent time, I’m Mary McCann.

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Producer: John Kessler

Managing Producer: Jason Saul

Editor: Ashley Ahearn

Affiliate Producer: Ellen Blackstone

Assistant Producer: Mark Bramhill

Narrator: Mary McCann

Bird sounds offered by The Macaulay Library of Pure Sounds on the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York. Recorded by

BirdNote’s theme was composed and performed by Nancy Rumbel and John Kessler.

© 2019 BirdNote   July 2019 / 2022

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References:

The right way to create houses for birds like Widespread Swifts: https://www.rspb.org.uk/get-involved/actions/give-nature-a-home-in-y…

https://www.rspb.org.uk/our-work/conservation/conservation-and-sustaina…

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jun/18/swifts-tragic-dec…

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/save-our-swifts

Construct your individual chimney swift tower! Discover out extra on NC Audubon’s web site: http://nc.audubon.org/information/build-your-own-chimney-swift-tower

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