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Bramblecot

  • Joined Jul 2008
Swallows
« on: April 09, 2015, 11:33:34 pm »
Saw the first swallows of the year this afternoon, 2 sitting on the phone line :excited: .  Hopefully they will be back to nest in the stables :fc:
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Fleecewife

  • Joined May 2010
  • South Lanarkshire
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Re: Swallows
« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2015, 11:39:30 pm »
Lovely  ;D   I see from your profile you're in the deep south, so they've just staggered across the channel.  It will be a week or so more before they make it up here.  Just time to cover anything that doesn't want guano sprinkled all over it  ::)
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Backinwellies

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Re: Swallows
« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2015, 07:43:24 am »
First one arrived here in South Wales last weekend.  :)
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hafod

  • Joined Jan 2013
Re: Swallows
« Reply #3 on: April 10, 2015, 08:22:29 am »
We're in north Wales and saw our first last Sunday. :sunshine:

devonlady

  • Joined Aug 2014
Re: Swallows
« Reply #4 on: April 10, 2015, 11:24:12 am »
I thought I saw one yesterday but told myself "too early" but will look closer today :thumbsup:

sokel

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  • S W northumberland
Re: Swallows
« Reply #5 on: April 11, 2015, 09:35:12 am »
Non here yet. But saying that they would get a shock if they where here as it's been snowing since 7am
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devonlady

  • Joined Aug 2014
Re: Swallows
« Reply #6 on: April 11, 2015, 11:16:13 am »
Non here yet. But saying that they would get a shock if they where here as it's been snowing since 7am

Oh my!! T shirt weather down here :sunshine: :sunshine:

Marches Farmer

  • Joined Dec 2012
  • Herefordshire
Re: Swallows
« Reply #7 on: April 11, 2015, 12:03:14 pm »
Put the second batch of lambs out in 20.6 degrees of sunshine yesterday, rain overnight and a chilly breeze today.  Heard swallows on Thursday (Welsh Marches).

doganjo

  • Joined Aug 2012
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Re: Swallows
« Reply #8 on: April 11, 2015, 12:08:31 pm »
T-shirt weather here the last few days, but a big change today - sun then wind, then rain, then sleet, then snow, then back to rain, and now sunny again - oops no it's raining again - no swallows as yet, and so cold for poor Andy and Kim's wedding. Hope they're wearing thermal undies  :innocent:
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in the hills

  • Joined Feb 2012
Re: Swallows
« Reply #9 on: April 11, 2015, 12:55:36 pm »
None spotted here in Powys, yet.

We had light snow showers this morning so maybe they're better off waiting a while.

devonlady

  • Joined Aug 2014
Re: Swallows
« Reply #10 on: April 15, 2015, 10:56:56 am »
Yes!! Two swallows today is it summer? ;D

Louise Gaunt

  • Joined May 2011
Re: Swallows
« Reply #11 on: April 16, 2015, 01:39:43 pm »
We have swallows arrived today just south of Dartmoor! Always good to hear them chattering in the roof, means summer is on its way!

Fleecewife

  • Joined May 2010
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Re: Swallows
« Reply #12 on: April 16, 2015, 05:43:01 pm »
Just saw one doing its happy aerobatics over the barn.  I'm in southern Scotland, so mine must have hitched a lift on a passing plane  ;D
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farmvet

  • Joined Feb 2014
Re: Swallows
« Reply #13 on: April 19, 2015, 11:19:04 pm »
Reached central Perthshire today! Also house martins.
The hills are starting to come alive again. The waders have returned although numbers of curlew lapwing & oystercatcher all seem down on last year. Plenty of meadow pipits, a few wheatear, stonechats & whinchats, osprey & ringed ouzels back in their usual haunts. Just need hill lambing to start to show spring has finally arrived.

in the hills

  • Joined Feb 2012
Re: Swallows
« Reply #14 on: April 20, 2015, 05:14:12 pm »
Still no swallows here  :(.

We have lived here for 6 years. There were no swallows, swifts or house martins until the last 2 years. We have been told that they used to be numerous but after the Foot and Mouth crisis they all vanished and they have only in the last few years started to return. No one really knows why but everyone was glad that they were returning.

But ..... none yet.  :( :'(

My daughter comes home from school and everyday asks straight away whether I've spotted any. She loves them and sees them as the start of spring.

Where are they?

 

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