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Wednesday 11th April 2018

Swallow youngsters by Richard Bowler

The nest is at our Fingringhoe Wick nature reserve, on the Colne Estuary, south-east of Colchester, among the wooden beams of the garage next door to our visitor centre.

Swallows are acrobatic, much-loved birds that are summer visitors to the UK, after wintering in Africa. Swallows have nested in this location at Fingringhoe Wick for several years in a row and last year we were able to watch two chicks successfully fledge the nest!

Please note that this is live, unedited footage of Swallows; at times, it is possible that there may be disturbing images of the natural world.


05/04: The first Swallows were spotted back at Fingringhoe Wick, flying over the visitor centre, we're hoping they'll find the nest soon.

09/04: Two Swallows are now at the centre flying around the nest site.

17/04: The Swallow pair are regularly using the nest - there will be eggs soon.

19/04: They are collecting more mud and adding it to the nest.

17/05: The first chicks have been spotted! One of the adults has been feeding at least two young, but they are currently too small to determine how many there are in total. 

22/05: Four chicks are visible now.

24/05: We can now see that there are actually five chicks!

31/05: The five chicks are growing rapidly and the adults have their work cut out for them feeding this many hungry mouths.

07/06: All the chicks have fledged! 

With thanks to 'Wildlife Gadgetman', Outersight and Shadowfax for their technical expertise.

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