But this year is even better than even 2018.
By some way to be honest.
I have REAL hope now for next year after this season - we have up to five swifts buzzing the house constantly now, each day - and several alighting on the entrance to my swift space I've created in the attic (see photo below, taken yesterday at around 7pm).
Fingers crossed now for next season - in the hope that one or more of these screamers and bangers will return next year to nest with us.
Fingers and toes and everything else crossed now...
EDIT AT 17:00. WE HAVE NOW ALL SEEN A SWIFT ENTER THE TUNNEL I'VE DRILLED THROUGH THE ATTIC WALL AND SHUFFLE ABOUT THE NEST SPACE INSIDE THE ATTIC THAT I'VE BUILT FOR SWIFTS. THIS SWIFT EVEN SHUFFLED ONTO THE NEST ROUND. WE THINK IT SPENT ABOUT 2 MINUTES IN THE SPACE.
WONDERFUL WONDERFUL NEWS AND A FIRST HERE. LET'S HOPE IT LIKED WHAT IT FOUND AND RETURNS SAFELY NEXT YEAR... TO NEST.