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Dispersal of Common Swift - UK

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Old Wednesday 7th August 2019, 06:32   #26
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Just two outside at the moment, after a couple of days absence, having a mini screaming party by themselves.

And when most of Germany experienced massive thunderstorms last Friday, I saw one swift taking shelter from the pouring rain under the protuding roof.

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I've never seen that before!

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Henning, That's a House Martin.
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Old Wednesday 7th August 2019, 07:23   #27
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Henning, That's a House Martin.
Oops ... you're right, major case of tunnel vision on my part! :-D

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Old Wednesday 7th August 2019, 08:37   #28
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Still plenty of Swifts cascading about here in Aberdeen. Mid-August departure is fairly normal here.
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Old Friday 9th August 2019, 13:32   #29
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Still plenty of Swifts cascading about here in Aberdeen. Mid-August departure is fairly normal here.
They do hang on in coastal sites it seems but disappear from inland sites.
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They do hang on in coastal sites it seems but disappear from inland sites.
I think the explanation here is more that they arrive later than further south so they stay later too. Not too sure what happens at inland sites in Scotland though.

Around 70 Swifts were over my street yesterday evening, which probably included some dispersing birds as well as locals. Quite a lot this morning too, just as the bad weather arrived.
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I think the explanation here is more that they arrive later than further south so they stay later too. Not too sure what happens at inland sites in Scotland though.

Around 70 Swifts were over my street yesterday evening, which probably included some dispersing birds as well as locals. Quite a lot this morning too, just as the bad weather arrived.
In Northumbs at least, they often arrive a few days earlier inland; not surprising, as the coast is slow to warm up next to the still-cold North Sea. Conversely, inland cools down earlier in the autumn, while the coast retains the heat stored in the sea over the summer.

Likely though that the distance between inland and coastal feeding areas is well within a Swift's normal feeding travel range though, so coastal breeders will fly inland to feed in spring, and inland breeders down to the coast in late summer. So that will even out the timing of breeding a bit.
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Old Tuesday 13th August 2019, 08:14   #32
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Still good numbers of Swifts over my street this morning. I presume they're still waiting for young birds to be ready to migrate. I expect they will depart over the next few days though.
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Old Sunday 18th August 2019, 20:02   #33
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Still at least 20 Swifts over my street every evening. I don't see them much at all during the daytime though.
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Old Monday 26th August 2019, 19:39   #34
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This is the first recent evening that I haven't seen any Swifts over my street. Numbers over the past week as follows:
19th: 45
20th: 20
21st: 17
22nd: 16
23rd: 12
24th: 6
25th: 3
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Old Monday 26th August 2019, 20:36   #35
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Old Monday 26th August 2019, 20:54   #36
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Still a few over the London Wetland Centre yesterday.
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Two on 25th for me, southeast Northumbs
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Have they arrived yet?

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One in southeast Northumbs today

(so yes, they have arrived )
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One again over my street this evening, so they haven't quite left yet.
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Old Saturday 31st August 2019, 11:17   #41
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Two more today, though they looked as though they were fairly concertedly going south.
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Yesterday was the first time since 15 August that I saw Swift (at least 3, probably more).
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I ended with a total of ten yesterday, when they seemed to be moving through. I even had two in off the sea.

There was one this evening over my street, seemingly hanging around. I've never had them so regularly this late in the year.
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Old Monday 2nd September 2019, 08:23   #44
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At least 35 over Aberdeen Harbour just now. Seemed to be moving through, along with quite a few other species.
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Had around 40 over the Eden Estuary and St Andrews Bay in very windy conditions on Saturday afternoon. The sheer numbers for this time of year seem very unusual.

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Old Tuesday 3rd September 2019, 14:10   #46
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At least 13 this morning, mostly north of Aberdeen harbour.
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Still decent numbers for the time of year passing along the coast in Norfolk the past few days, peaking at 121 heading south yesterday. Not quite the late July peaks of 4500+
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