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Ghdp

  • Joined Aug 2014
  • Conwy
First swallow! 2021
« on: March 30, 2021, 01:29:34 pm »
Just seen our first one. 8 days earlier than last year. Also heard first chiff chaff 😀😀 Really lifts the spirits.

in the hills

  • Joined Feb 2012
Re: First swallow! 2021
« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2021, 02:48:53 pm »
Good news!


Heard our first chiff chaff yesterday here in Powys. No sign of our swallows yet but I'll be keeping a look out then.

Possum

  • Joined Feb 2012
  • Somerset
Re: First swallow! 2021
« Reply #2 on: March 30, 2021, 05:44:07 pm »
Wow! That's brilliant. I have never seen them before April. Isn't nature wonderful at this time of year?

Ghdp

  • Joined Aug 2014
  • Conwy
Re: First swallow! 2021
« Reply #3 on: March 30, 2021, 06:15:36 pm »
Have seen two now. Feel as if Spring is finally here - but there is a threat of snow here next week. Nature is wonderful but so fragile. Our barn is open but I hope they can keep warm and eat.

Rupert the bear

  • Joined Jun 2015
Re: First swallow! 2021
« Reply #4 on: March 30, 2021, 08:32:48 pm »
getting exited here in Scotland, probably another month yet for us

in the hills

  • Joined Feb 2012
Re: First swallow! 2021
« Reply #5 on: April 09, 2021, 10:56:01 am »
8th April ..... Mid Wales ......  Spotted between Welshpool and Newtown
Also spotted in South Snowdonia on the same day

Backinwellies

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Re: First swallow! 2021
« Reply #6 on: April 12, 2021, 02:37:27 pm »
Seen swallows at one of our neighbours about 1/2 mile down the hill ..... but none here yet. We usually have one which arrives up to 2 weeks before the rest ... so dont know where that one is this year.  :(
Linda

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Rupert the bear

  • Joined Jun 2015
Re: First swallow! 2021
« Reply #7 on: April 15, 2021, 08:18:41 pm »
ours started arriving yesterday, more today .

wildandwooly

  • Joined Feb 2021
Re: First swallow! 2021
« Reply #8 on: April 15, 2021, 09:26:24 pm »
We're still waiting.....with bated breath!  :fc:

Fleecewife

  • Joined May 2010
Re: First swallow! 2021
« Reply #9 on: April 15, 2021, 11:11:30 pm »
They should arrive any day now, although the weather in Europe has been against them.


We are still waiting for the female osprey Aila to arrive at Loch Arkaig, along with 9 other female ospreys and 8 males from watched nests, which have not got back yet.  There are reports of various ospreys travelling up the country, just as there are swallows  :fc:   On the other hand, ospreys which arrived earlier are already laying their eggs.
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RCTman

  • Joined Mar 2017
  • Rhondda fach
Re: First swallow! 2021
« Reply #10 on: April 18, 2021, 08:14:19 pm »
Our first swallows arrived today. Probably have  a shock when they find I had fitted a new LED strip light in the stable where they always nest on top of the old strip light fitting. Nice to have them back.

Anke

  • Joined Dec 2009
  • St Boswells, Scottish Borders
Re: First swallow! 2021
« Reply #11 on: April 27, 2021, 08:42:29 pm »
Saw our first one yesterday (26/04).SE Scottish Borders. And then today we have the fire roaring agin...

Backinwellies

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Re: First swallow! 2021
« Reply #12 on: April 28, 2021, 07:07:24 am »
 :excited: :excited:   first one arrived here yesterday  (as did a house martin) ..... two here this morning  ....... hopefully more to follow as nights warm up and wind changes

We are south Wales but 700 feet up.
Linda

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mab

  • Joined Mar 2009
  • carmarthenshire
Re: First swallow! 2021
« Reply #13 on: April 28, 2021, 02:46:42 pm »

Saw the 1st one flying about the other evening but it's not one of 'mine'. still waiting - will probably have at least a couple more frosts though and insects are still pretty thin on the ground here.


heard my first cuckoo on the same day.

Fleecewife

  • Joined May 2010
Re: First swallow! 2021
« Reply #14 on: April 28, 2021, 03:49:34 pm »
Apparently, insect numbers everywhere have plummeted, so we can expect insect-eating bird numbers to drop accordingly, or at least for them to congregate near water and damp places. Hopefully they can adapt in time to survive with a slightly different diet.


Still no swallows here, although Mr F did spot some in Dumfries and Galloway the other day, so our fingers are crossed.


The usual female Osprey Aila that came to the Loch Arkaig nest has not returned this year sadly and the male Louis has hooked up with another female on a nest without a camera. So Ospreys still breeding, just not the female we know and love  :(
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