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Old Monday 27th July 2020, 11:19   #1
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Early Swift departure

During a walk yesterday here in Nottingham, it was fairly obvious that there has been a big departure of Swifts from my area.

Low cloud cover meant that they should have been feeding low and would have been easily visible if present but I didn't see a single bird in over an our. They're usually, almost completely gone from here around the second week of August.
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Old Monday 27th July 2020, 11:23   #2
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Plausible since they got off to a good early start with the warm May this year
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Old Monday 27th July 2020, 16:43   #3
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None today either, not even a single.
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Old Wednesday 29th July 2020, 07:41   #4
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Still seen some in Edinburgh, saw some last week.
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Old Wednesday 29th July 2020, 12:48   #5
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Quite few counted over last week at migration points
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Old Wednesday 29th July 2020, 14:08   #6
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plenty in the skies over bournemouth. Probably getting out quick before the government introduce further self isolation measures

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Quite few counted over last week at migration points
None at all here in three days now, they've left at least a week earlier than usual.

With regard to Edinburgh and Bournemouth, Nottingham is about as far from the coast as you can be in the UK so not a very valid comparison.
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Several still this afternoon over the Tyne in the west end of Newcastle. But definitely fewer than a week or 2 ago.
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Our local swifts (all 8 of them!) not been seen for a couple of days. West Yorkshire near Lancashire border
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Old Wednesday 29th July 2020, 19:11   #11
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Old Wednesday 29th July 2020, 20:13   #12
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Not seen them for a few days, but now they are back and screaming!
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Old Wednesday 29th July 2020, 21:28   #13
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36 this evening around my way. Not as high as I was counting last week, but still quite a lot. I expect they'll still be round here for a few more weeks yet.
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Old Wednesday 29th July 2020, 21:39   #14
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A flock of 50 plus this early evening in The Chilterns - the highest count of the year.
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A flock of 50 plus this early evening in The Chilterns - the highest count of the year.
These are possibly not, local birds and may be migrating as a flock from elsewhere? I noticed larger than normal groups too, then they all disappeared.

A few years ago, I was sitting outside and noticed a massive flock of Swifts overhead. From nowhere, a Hobby went up after them, I didn't see the result as they were so high and lost to view.
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Still at least 15+ local birds around the garden today.
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Still at least 15+ local birds around the garden today.
I've seen a few today, having seen none at all in the previous three days, suggests to me that they're passing through.
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Small numbers - that's all I normally get - over my bit of Loughborough still, three today.
And still seeing the usual small flocks over places like Swithland Reservoir and Rutland Water.

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[quote=andyadcock;4038780]I've seen a few today, having seen none at all in the previous three days, suggests to me that they're passing through.[/QUOTE

I think there's a combination of local & passage birds depending on location. This morning I've seen about 20 birds but they're flying low around the roof tops near where they breed so suspect most are local. Expect them to disappear in days-perhaps by Monday when the weather turns for a day or so?]
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A noisy group of 15 or so high in the sky yesterday evening
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We seem to have good numbers today, as I said previously, I reckon that these are probably birds from further North, trickling down, I'm sure that ours have gone.
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Flock of around 40 for me this morning at a local nature reserve. Could easily still be local birds just being a bit less tied to nest sites now that young are fledged?
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A few (about 6) flew over at rooftop height in Braunton this afternoon - and for the first time this year I actually heard them screaming - that's what attracted me to them. I was beginning to think this was yet another species I couldn't hear any more, so well pleased!
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These are possibly not, local birds and may be migrating as a flock from elsewhere?
That's exactly what I thought, despite it being a tight feeding group - the previous peak numbers being around the 20-30 mark. Back down to the usual half dozen to dozen each day since then.
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