Date: 7/17/20 6:51 pm
From: Robert O'Brien <baro...>
Subject: [obol] Re: Not too Swift - A Minisaga (kinda long)
Come to think of it, they did return, at least some of them. I didn't hear
any twittering from the chimney when the 3 were somewhere in the house so
that must mean there were only the 3 in the nest. This would be a normal
number of offspring for these swifts.

On Fri, Jul 17, 2020 at 6:37 PM Robert O'Brien <baro...> wrote:

> The Minisaga Sequel
> The good news is that there is still twittering in the Chimney. I'm not
> sure whether these are young 'uns that did not crash into the fireplace
> some of the 3 returning releases, or both. But it means the parents are
> still feeding some or all of them.
> I don't have a lot of details, but I do know that they return to the
> nesting chimney after their first, normal fledging. A few years back
> I had my Canon/300mm camera in movie mode to record their comings and
> goings and filmed the recent fliers returning to the chimney, or at least
> trying to.
> One of them came in on the return, misjudged, bounced off the edge,
> resumed flight from midair, and successfully entered on the next flyby.
> Live and Learn
> Bob OBrien
> On Thu, Jul 16, 2020 at 1:04 PM Robert O'Brien <baro...> wrote:
>> Over the last week or so we've been hearing the annual twittering of baby
>> Vaux Swifts in our Chimney. Getting louder, day by day.
>> I'd been thinking I should open the glass doors on the fireplace so any
>> that came down could escape into the house and be discovered, rather than
>> dying inside.
>> Like a lot of things I hadn't gotten around to it. I thought of it again
>> as I lay down for an afternoon nap on the couch. Maybe I'll open them when
>> I get up?
>> A few minutes later......flutter-flutter--thud. Yep, you guessed it.
>> One had crashed and burned into the fireplace. At least I was there to
>> hear it.
>> The swift seemed clearly to be an adult, based especially on the adult
>> shape of the bill. And the apparently fully-grown tail with its spikes.
>> See images below.
>> I wonder how they manage to fall down the chimney. It's happened quite a
>> few times over recent years (Including the Chimney Swift a few years back,
>> but that one was not nesting.)
>> The swift was especially docile once I grabbed from the fireplace. It's
>> little claws were strong in grasping my hand. Even after opening my hand
>> outside
>> on the driveway it continued just to rest there, later opening its bill
>> as if overheated. Eventually it fluttered away, not the strong flight we
>> normally see, but real
>> fluttering. This should have been a tip-off. It wasn't an adult.
>> That night, in bed and listening to the radio, at some point I thought I
>> heard fluttering. But the radio is old, with static and I wasn't sure. A
>> few minutes later
>> I heard it again. Or did I? So I turned off the radio. Nothing. But
>> then, minutes later I heard it again. I turned on the light and searched
>> around where I thought
>> I had heard it. Nothing. So I turned off the light and went back to
>> bed. Then I heard it again. This time I found it, behind some things on
>> the top of a dresser.
>> It was 11PM so there was nothing to do but put it into a small, dark
>> container and wait til morning. By then I figured these were babies not
>> quite ready to fledge.
>> In the morning I decided that if it came out of the chimney it would be
>> best to release it on the chimney so it might recognize its surroundings.
>> So I climbed up on the roof. Opened my hand and away it fluttered. Like
>> the first one. At last that would be the end of it.
>> But it wasn't. Eating lunch in the dining room I glanced at one of the
>> windows. There on the windowsill was a 3rd one. Completely quiet & still,
>> on the sill.
>> I took that one up to the chimney and released it also. Like the
>> others it flew upward,circling and avoiding the trees.
>> I fear for their long term survival as it's not clear the parents would
>> be involved at this point. Good luck to the little guys.
>> Bob OBrien Carver OR

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