Swift Awareness Week 16th - 23rd June 2018
It's Swift Awareness Week! We are keen to know if you have seen swifts this year! We are particularly interested in Portaferry, Strangford and Downpatrick. Please report your sightings
The Common Swift (Apus apus)
How do you identify a swift?
Swifts are brown all over with a slightly paler throat, scythe shaped wings and no tail streamers. An urban summer visitor best seen at dusk in towns and cities with a distinctive loud screaming call. Swifts typically nest in holes and crevices of older buildings.
Fascinating fact: This amazing bird spends almost its entire life on the wing, feeding, mating and even sleeping in flight! They only land to nest!Our swifts can be travelling from as far away as South Africa. They usually arrive in Northern Ireland in May to breed and then depart again for warmer climes in August.
The Common Swift is and NI priority species with population numbers in rapid decline.
For more info: www.rspb.org.uk/…/w…/bird-a-z/swift/breeding-nesting-habits/