Cuban Bee Hummingbird (male) - the world’s smallest bird.
Males weigh less than 2 grams and are smaller than many insects.
Cuba, March 2010.
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Swift Nest Cam 2013
Last year I set up a webcam inside a nest box on the side of my house. The parents raised two chicks successfully. These chicks will not return to the UK to breed until at least 2014. Until they return to breed for the first time, they will not land on any structure. They will feed, sleep and, eventually, mate on the wing.
However, what are probably the same parents from last year have now returned to the UK and I have restarted the live webcam from the nest box. Just click on the link below.
July 2013 update.
Sadly, due to the terribly wet and cold spring we had in the UK this year, the two eggs which the Swifts laid this year failed to hatch. Now the adults come to the nest in the evening to roost overnight. This is sad but a natural turn of events in such situations. Hopefully the adults will return in 2014 and be more successful with better weather.
Update on the Swifts
The adults returned on 15th May this year. Last year they had two chicks which were successfully raised. I now have 5 Swift boxes attached to my house.
If you would like to buy a nest box for Swifts to use on your house, here is a link to some sites (I bought mine from John Stimpson):-
This box is sited about 16 feet up from the ground on an east facing wall. I have Swifts nesting under tiles on the roof on both the east and west sides of my house. It is best not to site nest boxes facing north because the chicks are vulnerable to chilling with northerly winds. The camera inside works with infra red so you can see the inside of the box even in the middle of the night! The camera is to the left of the entrance hole and faces to the bottom right as you look at the photo of the nest box above.
The two adult Swifts together in 2012 near the entrance of the nest box which is to the right of the picture.
Above - the two chicks photographed on 23rd July 2012.
One bird, nearest the camera, is more adventurous than the other chick which is spending more time in the nest area.
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