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frewen



Joined: 08 Sep 2005
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PostPosted: Tue May 01, 18 8:22 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

Give them a chance - the weather had been a bit grim (she says being optimistic)

I'm hoping for swallows soon

gz



Joined: 23 Jan 2009
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Location: Ayrshire, Scotland
PostPosted: Tue May 01, 18 9:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

charging around here...not sure if martins or swallows, they didn't stop to be checked!

wellington womble



Joined: 08 Nov 2004
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Location: East Midlands
PostPosted: Tue May 01, 18 12:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Spotted a couple here.

lowri



Joined: 18 Oct 2006
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Location: ceredigion
PostPosted: Tue May 08, 18 8:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Still no swallows, chiffchaffs or redstarts - but pairs of kites, buzzards and ravens bombing round every morning. Next door (1/4 mile away,) have 2 swallows. I still live in hopes!

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 18 5:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I hope yours return soon Lowri. Things are so late this year they might just have decided to stop off somewhere warmer on the way for a short holiday.

sean
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Location: North Devon
PostPosted: Wed May 09, 18 2:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Definitely some around now. They need to buckle down and get on with it if their chicks are going to have a chance.

buzzy



Joined: 04 Jan 2011
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Location: In a small wood on the edge of the Huntingdonshire Wolds
PostPosted: Wed May 09, 18 7:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

They'll be OK. Swallows have no problem raising two broods in one summer. At least they didn't use to when I lived in a house with Swallows.

Henry

sean
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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 18 7:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

First lot would be fledging by now here in a good year.

Shan



Joined: 13 Jan 2009
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Location: South Wales
PostPosted: Thu May 10, 18 9:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Saw some here last weekend.

lowri



Joined: 18 Oct 2006
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Location: ceredigion
PostPosted: Thu May 10, 18 6:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Opened the door to let the dog out at 7 30 am and a pair of siskins were as surprised as I was! They were aiming for the peanuts. I think they are only the third pair I've seen here in 10 years! Are they that rare, or just well camouflaged?

Mistress Rose



Joined: 21 Jul 2011
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PostPosted: Fri May 11, 18 5:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Saw some swallows or swifts yesterday, but I couldn't tell which at the distance they were.

Nicky Colour it green



Joined: 25 Jun 2007
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Location: Devon, uk
PostPosted: Fri May 11, 18 9:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I thought the swallows were late this year - then I checked out the date I first saw them last year and it turns out they are a few days earlier this year. I wonder if that early hot spell just made me think things were further on than they really are

lowri



Joined: 18 Oct 2006
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Location: ceredigion
PostPosted: Sat May 12, 18 10:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

They've got here! Or at least made a pit stop at 9 pm last night! A pair!
But I haven't seen them so far today.
It's a start! Now for the cuckoo!

wellington womble



Joined: 08 Nov 2004
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Location: East Midlands
PostPosted: Sun May 13, 18 12:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Mistress Rose wrote:
Saw some swallows or swifts yesterday, but I couldn't tell which at the distance they were.


You’ve no real hope of seeing the difference on the wing (ie colours and so on) They do move differently, Swifts are much stiffer in the wings, and also generally fly very high. The best way to tell is to listen. Swallows chat, Swifts scream (and Housemartins blow raspberries)

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Mon May 14, 18 6:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

They were quite low so probably swallows.

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