Join for FREE
It only takes a minute!
Discover the ZEISS Digital Nature Hub

Welcome to BirdForum.
BirdForum is the net's largest birding community, dedicated to wild birds and birding, and is absolutely FREE! You are most welcome to register for an account, which allows you to take part in lively discussions in the forum, post your pictures in the gallery and more.

Early Swift departure

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rating: Thread Rating: 1 votes, 5.00 average.
Old Friday 7th August 2020, 20:59   #51
Euan Buchan
The Edinburgh Birdwatcher
BF Supporter 2020
 
Euan Buchan's Avatar

 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Edinburgh UK
Posts: 5,400
Saw a few flying above my house this evening.
__________________
Visit The Edinburgh Birdwatcher's Website

www.theedinburghbirdwatcher.com
Euan Buchan is offline  
Reply With Quote

BF Supporter 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Support BirdForum With A Donation

Old Saturday 8th August 2020, 14:13   #52
WACCOE
Marching on Together
 
WACCOE's Avatar

 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Pontefract
Posts: 1,424
Still 100+ screaming their heads off today round here.
__________________
World 1424 Versicoloured Emerald, Western Pal 529 Red-eyed Vireo, UK 404 Cory's Shearwater,Yorkshire 358 Cory's Shearwater
WACCOE is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Saturday 8th August 2020, 14:38   #53
Stonefaction
One of that ilk
 
Stonefaction's Avatar

 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Dundee
Posts: 1,791
'My' Swifts usually depart on, or very near 8/8, they were still screaming around last night, but today the sky is empty of them. Summer here is over (despite today's high temperature and blue skies).
Stonefaction is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Saturday 8th August 2020, 15:04   #54
aeshna5
Registered User

 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Middx
Posts: 5,134
This afternoon had 6 Swifts pass rapidly east over the house- first definite passage birds. Local breeders seem to have departed now.
aeshna5 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Saturday 8th August 2020, 15:16   #55
andyadcock
Registered User
 
andyadcock's Avatar

 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: UK and Occasionally St Petersburg, Russia
Posts: 19,196
Quote:
Originally Posted by aeshna5 View Post
This afternoon had 6 Swifts pass rapidly east over the house- first definite passage birds. Local breeders seem to have departed now.
A few over high, very early A.M, none since.
__________________
Andy A
andyadcock is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Saturday 8th August 2020, 16:43   #56
Deb Burhinus
Registered User

 
Join Date: Sep 2017
Location: Norfolk
Posts: 1,418
Just one today hawking and fluttering quite low over the garden. Quite a pale individual so maybe a late fledger or youngster just hanging around still.
__________________
___________________________
ORNITHOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF THE MIDDLE EAST
THE CAUCASUS AND CENTRAL ASIA
http://www.osme.org
Deb Burhinus is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Saturday 8th August 2020, 18:48   #57
NoSpringChicken
Registered User
 
NoSpringChicken's Avatar

 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: East Norfolk
Posts: 26,136
Last night I saw six flying about over the garden but none today. Up to a couple of years ago they nested underneath my neighbour's tiles every year but they had the the roof fixed and the Swift's can no longer use it.

Ron
NoSpringChicken is online now  
Reply With Quote

BF Supporter 2010 2011 2012 Support BirdForum With A Donation

Old Saturday 8th August 2020, 23:13   #58
Nutcracker
Stop Brexit!
 
Nutcracker's Avatar

 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: UK
Posts: 21,086
Just 2 this morning for me, but I wasn't searching very hard.
Nutcracker is online now  
Reply With Quote
Old Sunday 9th August 2020, 05:58   #59
bonxie2003
Registered User
 
bonxie2003's Avatar

 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: East Lothian
Posts: 499
All you young guys are so lucky. I do not have the best hearing so my range is diminished. For the last couple of years I havenít heard them. Also grasshopper warblers are outwith my hearing range. Makes life much less pleasant
__________________
Latest World lifer: 1640 Asian Desert Warbler, Holy Island. 15/6/20
Latest British lifer: 442 Asian Desert Warbler, Holy Island. 15/6/20
Latest Scottish lifer: 234 Mandarin Duck, Dunbar. 04/09/20
Latest East Lothian lifer: 130 Little Stint, Barns Ness. 18/09/20
bonxie2003 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Sunday 9th August 2020, 11:24   #60
Nutcracker
Stop Brexit!
 
Nutcracker's Avatar

 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: UK
Posts: 21,086
Quote:
Originally Posted by bonxie2003 View Post
All you young guys are so lucky. I do not have the best hearing so my range is diminished. For the last couple of years I havenít heard them. Also grasshopper warblers are outwith my hearing range. Makes life much less pleasant
__________________
Latest World lifer: 1640 Asian Desert Warbler, Holy Island. 15/6/20
You can't really talk when it doesn't seem to have stopped you getting Desert Warbler though, against covid regulations.
Nutcracker is online now  
Reply With Quote
Old Sunday 9th August 2020, 14:45   #61
MJB
Registered User
 
MJB's Avatar

 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Holt
Posts: 4,990
Quote:
Originally Posted by Deb Burhinus View Post
Just one today hawking and fluttering quite low over the garden. Quite a pale individual so maybe a late fledger or youngster just hanging around still.
Not a misoriented juvenile A. pallidus, then? Many are crossing the Strait of Gibraltar at the moment...
MJB
__________________
The fuzziness of all supposedly absolute taxonomic distinctions - Stephen Jay Gould (1977) "Ever Since Darwin: Reflections in Natural History".
Species and subspecies are but a convenient fiction - Kees van Deemter (2010), "In praise of vagueness". Biology is messy
MJB is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Sunday 9th August 2020, 21:38   #62
Deb Burhinus
Registered User

 
Join Date: Sep 2017
Location: Norfolk
Posts: 1,418
Quote:
Originally Posted by MJB View Post
Not a misoriented juvenile A. pallidus, then? Many are crossing the Strait of Gibraltar at the moment...
MJB
Ha! I have a golden rule that if I think Iíve seen a Pallid at the beginning of August in the UK, its probably a juvenile Common unless thereís very good prolonged views to say otherwise!
__________________
___________________________
ORNITHOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF THE MIDDLE EAST
THE CAUCASUS AND CENTRAL ASIA
http://www.osme.org
Deb Burhinus is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Monday 10th August 2020, 08:20   #63
MJB
Registered User
 
MJB's Avatar

 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Holt
Posts: 4,990
Quote:
Originally Posted by Deb Burhinus View Post
Ha! I have a golden rule that if I think Iíve seen a Pallid at the beginning of August in the UK, its probably a juvenile Common unless thereís very good prolonged views to say otherwise!

MJB
__________________
The fuzziness of all supposedly absolute taxonomic distinctions - Stephen Jay Gould (1977) "Ever Since Darwin: Reflections in Natural History".
Species and subspecies are but a convenient fiction - Kees van Deemter (2010), "In praise of vagueness". Biology is messy
MJB is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Monday 10th August 2020, 21:05   #64
Andrew Whitehouse
Professor of Listening
BF Supporter 2020
 
Andrew Whitehouse's Avatar

 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Aberdeen
Posts: 20,957
Still 46 over my neighbourhood in Aberdeen this evening, a similar number to what I was getting a couple of weeks ago. They're still hanging about round here.
__________________
Andrew

Listening to Birds
Andrew Whitehouse is online now  
Reply With Quote

BF Supporter 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Support BirdForum With A Donation

Old Tuesday 11th August 2020, 05:15   #65
andyadcock
Registered User
 
andyadcock's Avatar

 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: UK and Occasionally St Petersburg, Russia
Posts: 19,196
Quote:
Originally Posted by Andrew Whitehouse View Post
Still 46 over my neighbourhood in Aberdeen this evening, a similar number to what I was getting a couple of weeks ago. They're still hanging about round here.
None here all day until an evening party of 5 was seen high.
__________________
Andy A
andyadcock is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Tuesday 11th August 2020, 16:58   #66
janvanderbrugge
Registered User

 
Join Date: Apr 2016
Location: Zevenaar, Netherlands
Posts: 192
quote Andy, today at dawn: None here all day until an evening party of 5 was seen high.

Here in Holland, near the German border, 3 specimens circling very high for a few minutes, then off eastward, 18.00h. Clouded sky, few raindrops which did not even reach the earth. Local showers in the Netherlands, but heat will stay for some days.
Jan van der Brugge
janvanderbrugge is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Tuesday 11th August 2020, 19:30   #67
Nutcracker
Stop Brexit!
 
Nutcracker's Avatar

 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: UK
Posts: 21,086
Screaming party over the house just now
Nutcracker is online now  
Reply With Quote
Old Tuesday 11th August 2020, 19:32   #68
andyadcock
Registered User
 
andyadcock's Avatar

 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: UK and Occasionally St Petersburg, Russia
Posts: 19,196
None here today.
__________________
Andy A
andyadcock is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Thursday 13th August 2020, 09:39   #69
Xenospiza
Undescribed
 
Xenospiza's Avatar

 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: In a drawer
Posts: 11,295
Still managing singles most days.
Xenospiza is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Thursday 13th August 2020, 09:58   #70
KenM
Registered User
 
KenM's Avatar

 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: London
Posts: 12,533
Two high and East yesterday afternoon.

Cheers
KenM is online now  
Reply With Quote
Old Thursday 13th August 2020, 17:35   #71
Nutcracker
Stop Brexit!
 
Nutcracker's Avatar

 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: UK
Posts: 21,086
4 y'day. None today, but not been out birding so no surprise there!
Nutcracker is online now  
Reply With Quote
Old Friday 14th August 2020, 05:15   #72
andyadcock
Registered User
 
andyadcock's Avatar

 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: UK and Occasionally St Petersburg, Russia
Posts: 19,196
None at all for a few days now, I'm sad, always cheers me up when I hear my first one in May.
__________________
Andy A
andyadcock is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Friday 14th August 2020, 19:23   #73
janvanderbrugge
Registered User

 
Join Date: Apr 2016
Location: Zevenaar, Netherlands
Posts: 192
One single Swift, 19.30h local time, low circling and off eastward. Heavy clouds and sunshine, still unpleasantly high temperatures.
Jan van der Brugge
janvanderbrugge is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Saturday 15th August 2020, 15:21   #74
Deb Burhinus
Registered User

 
Join Date: Sep 2017
Location: Norfolk
Posts: 1,418
A bit of movement over the Brecks this afternoon (seen by chance when going out to top up feeders and later to clean out birdbath). They seem to be moving behind of a band of rain thatís been moving NE over SE/E England this morning.

All foraging and flying in groups slowly but steadily South

15:00hrs - 4
15:30hrs - 6
15:35hrs - 2
__________________
___________________________
ORNITHOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF THE MIDDLE EAST
THE CAUCASUS AND CENTRAL ASIA
http://www.osme.org
Deb Burhinus is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Saturday 15th August 2020, 22:18   #75
Nutcracker
Stop Brexit!
 
Nutcracker's Avatar

 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: UK
Posts: 21,086
Two for me this morning
Nutcracker is online now  
Reply With Quote
Advertisement
Reply


Thread Tools
Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Early Swift return.... KenM Birds & Birding 49 Monday 18th May 2020 11:39
A swift departure (RSPB) BF Newsroom Latest news from the RSPB 0 Friday 2nd September 2011 23:03
Early Departure? Beach Bum Hummingbirds 17 Friday 12th October 2007 22:00
Departure day? Elizabeth Bigg Nestboxes 13 Thursday 27th May 2004 14:00

{googleads}

Fatbirder's Top 1000 Birding Websites

Help support BirdForum

Page generated in 0.15543890 seconds with 39 queries
All times are GMT. The time now is 09:11.