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First swallows

Post: # 273303Post Odsox
Tue Apr 16, 2013 3:47 pm

Now I know MMM has had swallows swooping around her sub-tropical southern garden, but it was sure nice to see some today swooping around my more northerly garden. :cheers:
Looking back at previous posts, I saw my first ones on 25 April 2012, 28 March 2011, 10 April 2010 & 16 April 2009, so the cold weather has put them off a bit compared to 2011, but about right for the other years.
The gannets came back ages ago, the chiffchaffs overwinter here so I'm now waiting for the cuckoo, then it should be summer. :sunny:
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Tue Apr 16, 2013 5:10 pm

No sign of any swallows yet,but the Gannets are coming this weekend....(to see their Grandchildren, I've already emptied the freezer, and I'm going fishing......)

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Tue Apr 16, 2013 6:01 pm

I saw my first butterfly today, well a shadow of one
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Post: # 273307Post Green Aura
Tue Apr 16, 2013 6:20 pm

It's gone straight to autumn here, so I'm guessing they've turned round and headed back south!
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Tue Apr 16, 2013 10:46 pm

spit or swallow? oops wrong forum.

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Post: # 273330Post sleepyowl
Wed Apr 17, 2013 11:07 pm

Saw my first pipistrelle today
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Re: First swallows

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Fri Apr 19, 2013 2:33 pm

Nothing here yet, keep looking skywards ;)
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Post: # 273449Post becks77
Mon Apr 22, 2013 7:31 am

So that worked then, the swallows were sighted on Friday eve zooming over Hellingly and again (probably not the same pair) over Arlington resevoir on Sunday,along with martins. Just waiting for the swifts now :iconbiggrin: :iconbiggrin:
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Post: # 273457Post sleepyowl
Mon Apr 22, 2013 1:51 pm

had our first swift on Friday
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Re: First swallows

Post: # 273459Post becks77
Mon Apr 22, 2013 2:08 pm

Theres a group of swifts that come back here yearlyusually third week in April, to coincide with the bluebells , so I guess that could be this week then, isnt Mother Nature great
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Post: # 273463Post Zech
Mon Apr 22, 2013 7:13 pm

I saw one flying around on Saturday. It might have been the same one that Susie saw earlier in the week :lol:
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Re: First swallows

Post: # 273469Post Odsox
Tue Apr 23, 2013 9:20 am

sleepyowl wrote:Saw my first pipistrelle today
We have a pipistrelle living in our soffit above the sitting room window. I have no idea where he/she gets in as I've searched and searched for a bat sized hole, to no avail. There is no sign of him/her in the loft either and our soffit was replaced a couple of years ago, but I still see it fly off at dusk every fine evening.
A couple of years ago there were two for a while but we're back down to a solitary one again ... must be a confirmed bachelor, although by now he's probably a grumpy old man hermit. :iconbiggrin:
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Re: First swallows

Post: # 273755Post becks77
Tue May 07, 2013 8:51 am

The swifts finally arrived yesterday, so pleased. Was beginning to think something untoward had happened to them. Its OK we can have summer now please :iconbiggrin:
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