One swallow doesn't make a summer

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One swallow doesn't make a summer

Post: #256350 jim
Tue Mar 13, 2012 8:53 am

Haven't seen any yet but I'm looking forward to first sighting. We usually have a watch for their arrival and departure on here. So, has anyone from further south caught sight of one yet?

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Re: One swallow doesn't make a summer

Post: #256354 oldjerry
Tue Mar 13, 2012 9:42 am

Bit Early yet ,we're waiting for the Cuckoo,Everything's a bit early though,the great tit is nest building in the meter box again,and the peregrines are hunting like crazy,so hopefully 2 broods this year,(hard work for the RSPB chaps).

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Re: One swallow doesn't make a summer

Post: #256362 Mrs Moustoir
Tue Mar 13, 2012 11:08 am

None in this part of Brittany yet.

Usually see them around the last weekend in March.

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Re: One swallow doesn't make a summer

Post: #256364 jim
Tue Mar 13, 2012 11:14 am

Dear Mrs Moustair,

That'd be about right, the 1st of April is the earliest I've ever seen them here and we're only 70 miles across the channel from Brittany. Roll on Spring!!

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Re: One swallow doesn't make a summer

Post: #256372 becks77
Tue Mar 13, 2012 3:16 pm

We usually get swallows a week after MMM ...any sightings yet Mandy?
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Re: One swallow doesn't make a summer

Post: #256528 Millymollymandy
Fri Mar 16, 2012 7:43 am

No! But my OH heard a chiffchaff the other day which made him get out his notebook and check the dates of first chiffchaff/blackcap singing and swallow sightings from the last few years (I think previous years' sightings are lost on Ish somewhere :lol: ) so we both keep scanning the sky as they should be arriving in about a week.

I've just seen on Twitter there is a UK swallow watch and quite a few have been reported in England and Ireland already!
https://twitter.com/#!/Swallowsighting
Will that work as a link I wonder, oh well look up Swallow UK or Swallowsighting on Twitter. (edit: yes it does!)
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Re: One swallow doesn't make a summer

Post: #256542 becks77
Fri Mar 16, 2012 10:26 am

following your twitter link 2 swallows sighted in Kent yesterday!
Here does come summer
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Re: One swallow doesn't make a summer

Post: #256568 Mrs Moustoir
Fri Mar 16, 2012 5:44 pm

No swallows yet but heard the cuckoo for the first time today.


I heard it then sent my OH up the garden to listen and verify!
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Re: One swallow doesn't make a summer

Post: #256584 Millymollymandy
Sat Mar 17, 2012 7:21 am

Forgot about cuckoos, will listen out for them too, only thing is I can hardly hear anything over the sound of the ruddy Song Thrush that just won't shut up. All day long from dawn to dusk, it is very repetitive. :lol:
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Re: One swallow doesn't make a summer

Post: #256755 grahamhobbs
Wed Mar 21, 2012 1:29 pm

Was in the Touraine in France, swallows seen and cuckoos heard last week. Almonds and apricots in flower.

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Re: One swallow doesn't make a summer

Post: #256771 Millymollymandy
Wed Mar 21, 2012 5:59 pm

Hopefully they'll arrive here soon. Can't wait!
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Re: One swallow doesn't make a summer

Post: #257562 Millymollymandy
Sun Apr 01, 2012 11:16 am

Saw first Swallow here on Weds 28th :cheers: but still not heard a cuckoo yet.
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Re: One swallow doesn't make a summer

Post: #259227 Odsox
Tue Apr 24, 2012 2:37 pm

I still haven't seen any swallows yet, not that I blame them as it's not exactly summer weather here.
Looking back at previous posts, I saw my first ones on 28 March 2011, 10 April 2010 & 16 April 2009, so they are well late.
I presume they are all stuck in Brittany waiting for the weather to improve.
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Re: One swallow doesn't make a summer

Post: #259228 boboff
Tue Apr 24, 2012 2:57 pm

I saw a Serin the other day, which is a first for me, absolutely lovely little creature, it inspired me to go and get some Collins Reference books on UK Birds, Wild Flowers, Bugs & Trees! ( BOGOF and only £2.99 each as well!)
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Re: One swallow doesn't make a summer

Post: #259232 Millymollymandy
Tue Apr 24, 2012 4:15 pm

Well done Boboff. :salute:

Tony, I think most of them turned round and went back to Africa! Heard my first cuckoo this afternoon which is quite late I think.
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