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Calli



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 10, 13 9:00 pm    Post subject: Swallow numbers seriously down  Reply with quote    

Usually by this time we have many more swallows than we do this year. Our nests are on their third hatching, recent youngsters are on the wing happily depleting the pond. ( Water level is very low - I suspect the geese are wading )

Is there a global reason for this depletion? It is not shortage of bugs!

Gratuitous swallow skimming shots on the pond follow:






Jamanda
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 10, 13 9:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

There was a huge shortage of bugs when it was cold earlier in the year. And the year before was ruddy awful.

Calli



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 10, 13 9:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

And now a totally random heatwave

Green Rosie



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 10, 13 9:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We had almost no swallows return to us last year - a few more are here this year but none are breeding

sean
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 10, 13 9:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Ours at work came back and have raised chicks.

Calli



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 10, 13 9:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I don't suppose we will host much of a murmuration this year

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRNqhi2ka9k

cassy



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 11, 13 10:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We had our first pair raise chicks this year and they've only just fledged this week. No idea if this timing would be usual for the area but they certainly wouldn't be able to fit in another 2 broods before it's time to go again.

The wagtails had their 1st brood of the year later than normal, as you might expect after the long winter and they're also insect eaters.

WandaBlue



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 11, 13 3:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Ours seem to be doing okay this year. They've certainly already fledged at least one lot already and we do seem to have plenty of flies for them to eat too. Our heatwave has reached all of 17.8 deg. C (this is hot for here!).

paul1963



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 11, 13 3:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Avoiding the obvious (bad taste) jokes, we've noticed reduced numbers too, and also Martins and to a lesser degree Swifts so far this year.

paul1963



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 11, 13 3:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Calli wrote:
And now a totally random heatwave


Nice pics BTW

Cathryn



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 11, 13 5:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I think there were fewer here at first but there are now lots and lots of little swallows and martins practising flying. Sometimes I've had to duck and I also had to stop the car to allow one of them to take off again. There are also new nests all along the front of the house, ready for next year.

Bodger



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 26, 13 11:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Second brood on the go here. We must be lucky, because there would appear to be just as many as normal around our place.

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