This month is the perfect time to keep an eye out for Swifts, Apus apus.
UK conservation status: Amber
The joy of May begins again, as swifts start screaming into our skies. They return from sub-Saharan Africa and stay only long enough to breed, making the return journey in August. Their Latin name means ‘without feet’, as they rarely land. They feed, mate and even sleep on the wing. The swift’s legs and feet are tiny and positioned very far back on the body, to make them more streamlined. When they do land, usually only when breeding, they have an ungainly shuffle as they move about the nest.
Why not come and have a look at the Booth Museum specimens once we reopen and compare them with any you’ve managed to photograph (or our sample images).
Read more from the Booth Museum on swifts
- Celebrate A Sky Full of Birds
- Celebrating World Migratory Bird Day with a Swift Sussex Nature Hero
- Exploring The Garden: Part 2, Birds and Mammals