These baby swift birds (eyes not even open yet) were behind a large wooden beam inside the roof of the entrance of the Church of St Stephen at Charlton, and they were in full chorus singing out to their parents for food.
The swift is a medium-sized aerial bird, which is a superb flier. It evens sleeps on the wing! It is plain sooty brown, but in flight against the sky it appears black. It has long, scythe-like wings and a short, forked tail. It is a summer visitor, breeding across the UK, but most numerously in the south and east. It winters in Africa.
Swifts are now on the Amber List – they’re birds of Conservation Concern. Their numbers have declined dramatically in the past 10 years; not sure why, but one of the possible reasons is that their nest sites are being destroyed.