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ClaireK



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 15, 2016 10:19 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote

I have been dive bombed a couple of times over the last few days by either swifts or swallows. Dont know which ones as they were way to quick for me to follow them. Whatever they were i am glad to have seen them as it makes me feel that summer is finally on its way  

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 15, 2016 10:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've just got back in from having taken the dog for an hours walk but still not a sign of any swallows but there are one or two Sand Martins to be seen flitting around the sandy cliffs on Morfa Nefyn beach.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 15, 2016 12:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We had 2 back yesterday, they are almost a week later than last year!
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 15, 2016 12:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They're still here...... it's warmer.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 16, 2016 7:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I saw one last Wednesday 13th, but none since.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 17, 2016 1:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I saw the first one this morning but Bodger has yet to see one
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Dave C



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 18, 2016 1:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bet he's not happy about that Kaz  
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 18, 2016 4:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ecstatic !
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Yorkshire Geordie



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 18, 2016 6:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There are no swallows in this neck of Devon.
After reading of the success elsewhere, today I actually went to the site where the twitchers watch.
No swallows in evidence at all - but plenty of chirping and twittering by other feathered friends.
I did manage a few shots of these lovely creatures though:-



And there were quite a few ducks and drakes swimming around.
But no swallows - yet.
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Yorkshire Geordie



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PostPosted: Sat Apr 23, 2016 11:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've seen two swallows soaring over the River Otter just this past minute.
Do two make a Summer yet?
I didn't take a picture of them so I can't prove the event.
Mrs Y.G. had walked to the farm to get some potatoes and veggies and I collected her using the car.
Old age is not pleasant at times and is very over-rated.
But I'm really chuffed that the swallows have returned - and I may re-visit the location this afternoon (or tomorrow) with my equipment.
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Annette



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 29, 2016 12:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We have had swallows nesting in the stables here for the last 20+ years and they always arrive around the 11th. This year one lonely one arrived and nothing since. Really hoping they are just late.  
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 29, 2016 2:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The 'truck shed' swallows returned to their nest a couple of days ago, we're still waiting for the feed store and stable pairs to return
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Dave C



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 29, 2016 8:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bet the swallows round hear wished they'd stayed where they were  
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 29, 2016 8:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've seen our first one yesterday. It must have been thinking "why did I bother ?" with the cold wind and hail.  
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PostPosted: Sat May 07, 2016 4:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We've had a few swallows around for a while but nowhere near as many as usual but thank goodness, they came back in earnest yesterday. We had at least a dozen in the farmyard. They were noisy and argumentative, it was as though they'd never been away. They checked out every outbuilding that we have on the place, they were everywhere. It's great to have them back.

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