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sss

  • Joined Mar 2014
  • Cambridgeshire
Re: Swallows
« Reply #15 on: April 20, 2015, 05:34:06 pm »
They arrived here yesterday so opened up the stables so they have access.
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pgkevet

  • Joined Jul 2011
Re: Swallows
« Reply #16 on: April 21, 2015, 07:55:46 am »
Saw our first housemartins yesterday - they did an aerial demo around the conservatory but then appear to have moved on. So not 'our' housemartins...

Small Plot Big Ideas

  • Joined May 2012
  • North Pennines, UK
    • Small Plot Big Ideas
Re: Swallows
« Reply #17 on: April 21, 2015, 07:59:30 am »
Finally.... the first swallow was spotted yesterday evening here in the North Pennines  :excited:


According to a quick search, last year this was on 15 April so they're only about 5 days later

devonlad

  • Joined Nov 2012
  • Nr Crediton in Devon
Re: Swallows
« Reply #18 on: April 21, 2015, 09:06:54 am »
Beginning to worry as we are STILL waiting. Hope posting this might spur them on

clunfarm

  • Joined Nov 2014
  • South West Shropshire
Re: Swallows
« Reply #19 on: April 21, 2015, 09:27:42 pm »
Swallows had arrived with us in the far south-west of Shropshire this weekend. Hopefully they will find the RSPB approved swallow nests we installed (as we have installed the missing first floor in our barn so they can no longer nest in the apex of the roof).

in the hills if they are with us west of Clun, they can't be too far from you just over the border...
« Last Edit: April 21, 2015, 09:38:09 pm by clunfarm »

waddy

  • Joined May 2012
Re: Swallows
« Reply #20 on: April 21, 2015, 09:35:44 pm »
Our arrived at the weekend (south Somerset). Better get the garden furniture out of the barn quick!


 :thumbsup:


Helen

Possum

  • Joined Feb 2012
  • Somerset
Re: Swallows
« Reply #21 on: April 22, 2015, 03:52:33 pm »
And our arrived yesterday. It took them an awfully long time to get from Dorset to Somerset but at least they are here now. :excited:

cans

  • Joined May 2013
Re: Swallows
« Reply #22 on: April 23, 2015, 07:26:42 pm »
Swallows just arrived west of Stirling    :)

devonlad

  • Joined Nov 2012
  • Nr Crediton in Devon
Re: Swallows
« Reply #23 on: April 24, 2015, 08:42:16 am »
Beginning to worry as we are STILL waiting. Hope posting this might spur them on
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Panic over. Swallow just swooped over my head while I was outside having my morning coffee  :relief:

sokel

  • Global Moderator
  • Joined Jun 2012
  • S W northumberland
Re: Swallows
« Reply #24 on: April 25, 2015, 09:36:14 pm »
first 2 arrived yesterday  , we had 6 nests on the go last year so hopefully a few more pairs will get here soon
Graham

in the hills

  • Joined Feb 2012
Re: Swallows
« Reply #25 on: May 03, 2015, 02:30:48 pm »
Still no swallows.    :(

cans

  • Joined May 2013
Re: Swallows
« Reply #26 on: May 04, 2015, 09:58:57 am »
Swallows disappeared west of Stirling.  No sign of them at all now. Maybe the new housing estate confused them after all  :(

Fleecewife

  • Joined May 2010
  • South Lanarkshire
    • Wester Gladstone Hebridean Sheep
Re: Swallows
« Reply #27 on: May 04, 2015, 11:16:24 am »
No, there's something weird going on.  We've got to May 4th and here in Southern Scotland we have only a single swallow, which arrived on April 16th.  There were 2 but one's no longer there.  We have had some southerly breezes so you'd think they'd come in on those.  I wonder if something's gone wrong on their migration, or even before they left Africa.
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Fleecewife

  • Joined May 2010
  • South Lanarkshire
    • Wester Gladstone Hebridean Sheep
Re: Swallows
« Reply #28 on: May 04, 2015, 02:27:56 pm »
So I went outside again two hours after I had written the previous message, to find the sky full of the sound of very excited swallows - the girls have arrived  :thumbsup:
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Marches Farmer

  • Joined Dec 2012
  • Herefordshire
Re: Swallows
« Reply #29 on: May 04, 2015, 02:44:39 pm »
I think they arrive at "their" nesting site, check it out then cruise around for a while until they're ready to do some serious nest building and egg laying.  "Ours" are flying in and out of the outbuildings used in previous years every evening but we don't see them during the day.

 

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