There were thirteen or fourteen Swifts back at their usual haunt over Northall Road yesterday evening (May 4th), between Barnehurst railway station and the golf course. This is a known breeding area.
The ‘Bexley Wildlife’ team and Bexley Bird Report compiler Ralph Todd would welcome sightings and counts from around the Borough, and more definitive news of nesting sites, over the summer.
Swifts are seen at Crossness on Erith Marshes, and a nesting site on nearby houses has been reported to us. There is often a largish aggregation over Nuxley Road in upper Belvedere, but we don’t know where they nest. A small number of birds can sometimes be seen over Northumberland Heath where there is at least one, and possibly two nesting locations.
Swifts have used nest boxes in Bexleyheath on a private dwelling near the new Council offices, and in Sidcup. There have been a few nesting in Bexley village.
Groups of Swifts have also been seen in the past over the top of Hall Place North, and feeding low over the Hall Place flood overspill meadow. There are often a few around the Perry Street Farm/Thames Road/lower Cray/Thames Road Wetland area. Swifts are generally ‘in residence’ over Danson Park lake, but in which buildings do these birds nest?
We wonder how many larger ‘groups’ there are in the Borough, how widely they roam and whether they exchange members …….