Swift (Apus apus)
Species
Swift (Apus apus). Taken at Farmoor, Oxon., on May 11th 2014.
Taken at Farmoor, Oxon., on May 11th 2014.
(1/1000th sec at f10. Click image for larger version. © David Hastings)

Description

L: 17 - 18.5cm; WS : 40 - 44 cm

The Swift is a sooty brown colour, but in flight against the sky it appears black. It has long, scythe-like wings and a short, forked tail.

They can be found throughout the UK, but are most common in the south and east.

They breed in towns and villages, nesting in cracks in walls or under tiles.

They arrive in early May and depart for Africa in August.

The Swift has Amber status, owing to population decline and loss of habitat.

Sightings

24-May-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (3)
14-May-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (4)
13-May-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (50+)
11-May-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (50+)
28-Apr-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (100+)
25-Apr-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (50+)

02-Sep-2017 : Abingdon (NE), Oxon (1)
27-Aug-2017 : Abingdon (NE), Oxon (1)
20-Aug-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (30+)
12-Aug-2017 : West Walton, Norfolk (1)
03-Aug-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (12+)
05-Jul-2017 : Abingdon (NE), Oxon (8)
30-May-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (4)
21-May-2017 : Garden, Kidlington, Oxon (2)
06-May-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (250+)
01-May-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (3)
29-Apr-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)

20-Aug-2016 : Abingdon (NE), Oxon (1)
01-Aug-2016 : Oxford, Oxon (2+)
05-Jul-2016 : Smardale Gill NNR, Cumbria (3+)
04-Jul-2016 : Leighton Moss, Lancashire (2)
05-Jun-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon
02-Jun-2016 : Lymington-Keyhaven NR, Hants
01-Jun-2016 : Lymington-Keyhaven NR, Hants
14-May-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon
13-May-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (20+)
06-May-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (12)
04-May-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (20+)
30-Apr-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (12+)
23-Apr-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (30+)

06-Sep-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
20-Jul-2015 : nr Samokov, Bulgaria
01-Jun-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon
10-May-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (50+)
09-May-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (50+)
03-May-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (25+)
28-Apr-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (50+)

01-Aug-2014 : Leighton Moss, Lancashire
13-Jul-2014 : Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon
10-Jul-2014 : Eynsham, Oxon
21-Jun-2014 : Byal gradets, Bulgaria
19-Jun-2014 : Koprivshtitsa, Bulgaria
18-Jun-2014 : nr Mirkovo, Bulgaria
25-May-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon (100+)
24-May-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (20+)
22-May-2014 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (2)
11-May-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (100+)
08-May-2014 : Strumble Head, Pembrokeshire
07-May-2014 : Poppit Sands, Pembrokeshire (4+)
05-May-2014 : Tregaron, Ceredigion (1)
27-Apr-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (c12)