We usually have loads of swifts. At this time of year I would expect to see several dozen nesting in the eaves of the old houses and feeding at dusk. Just a fraction of that so far this year. It’s really spectacular when they leave in the autumn to migrate. They swarm around the houses nearby just like starlings then descend onto the electricity cables en masse. This repeats every few minutes for a few hours until they suddenly all disappear.
Read all these posts becoming increasingly jealous. Not a swallow sift or house Martin to be seen. We have a pair of nesting magpies in the garden and on previous years have had kestrels and some sort of owl. Could all these hunters have chased them away? The house opposite used to get house martins but I haven’t noticed them this year.
Might be humans fault. New family opposite who are a lot more active than the old lady who used to live there and we did quite a big project last year. New fosse septic and getting the front area flat as opposed to a potential pond every time it rained.
On the plus side I LOVE how quiet my house is compared to last year. That and my supply of coffee lasts about ten times longer.
We have a pair of golden eagles nearby … only found out what they were this year via the mairie. Doesn’t seem to affect the swifts at all. As for the quiet, for me there’s nothing like birdsong at 6am with a coffee in the garden. Could possibly do without the Nightingale though, who seems to sing for hours without taking a breath at 120 dB.