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Anyone spotted a swift yet this year, only seen one swallow so far.

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No Swifts, my wife spotted a couple of Swallows 2 weeks ago

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3 hours ago, tiny tim said:

Swifts arrived yesterday

Well spotted, great birds aren't they,........summers here......................shortly.

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Two swallows checking out our grden room and I had to evict them and keep the door closed because still getting a touch of frost most mornings.  They obviously moved on because no further sightings.

A swift is a rare sight here these days.

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been in Galway last week end quite a few swallows about and the odd martin  on the farm nice to see,  no where as many as when I was a little winkle  in the late 60s /70s now back in Coventry  no swallows loads of magpies just observed one this morning raiding a blackbird nest killing a hatchling while hen going berserk could not do anything legally  grieves me 

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On ‎04‎/‎05‎/‎2019 at 03:32, Saltings said:

 

anybody seen any swallows or swifts or martins in the west midlands haven't seen one yet  in the Coventry  or  surrounding areas 

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Saw a couple of Swallows Easter weekend around Oswestry...................And a Wheatear.

Swifts reported at Frampton Gravel pits ( Gloucestershire ), and also House Martins, Sand Martins and Swallows here.

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I saw a single Swift over my property on the Worcs/West Mids border today! May 9th.

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Loads of them are back in Reading now, wheeling and screaming all over the centre of town. Best bit of the whole place!

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First Cuckoos here in SW Scotland last week but far fewer swallows and martins on the fields around the house than I am used to it it has been cold for a couple of weeks.

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Weather is forecast to improve next week, so we will probably see a lot more summer avian visitors.

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Seen quite a few swallows but no swifts yet. Saw a couple of sand martins in the cliff face two days ago, inspecting area for nesting.

OB

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Last year a young swift was leg ringed in Oxford on 31st July, and was reported killed/dead in Madrid on 3rd August,....... having covered 1300km ( 808 miles ) in 3 days.

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This year there are more swallows about on the farm then I've seen before. They had a super breeding season in 2018, and I think the heavy cranefly hatches we had here just before their migration hopefully put them in good condition for their long journey. It will be interesting to see how many are reared this year, if the number of pairs and last years success are anything to go by the electricity cables will be sagging! Hopefully the areas still waiting for swallows will have an influx soon.

Not seen any swifts yet, although I haven't been looking for them.

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Only seen a couple of swallows yet, numbers are way down for this time of year. No swifts yet. We used to have several cuckoos locally but have not heard or seen one for about 10 years. This is very rural spot in S. Lincs.

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Ring Ouzels reported on Cleeve Hill, ( backdrop to Cheltenham racecourse).regular summer visitors to this area.

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anybody seen in the media reports of 140 million swallows being netted in Eygpt?-apparently they are a delicacy and huge numbers are being caught.Got to say that the number around York seem minimal compared to last 15 years.

f.

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15 hours ago, Fuddster said:

anybody seen in the media reports of 140 million swallows being netted in Eygpt?-apparently they are a delicacy and huge numbers are being caught.Got to say that the number around York seem minimal compared to last 15 years.

f.

Not seen it, but it wouldn't surprise me............I wonder if Packhams seen it ?

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