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Old Tuesday 3rd May 2011, 17:17   #1
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No Swifts ?

Its 3rd of May and I haven't seen any Swifts yet, its warm and the sky's blue but no Swifts ?

I wonder if its because its been such a dry spring this year here in UK, maybe the insect life isn't flourishing in these dry conditions. Ordinarily this time of year with leaves bursting forth on the trees, I always hear a hum from insects when walking in woodland, dead quiet though now, strange!
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Old Tuesday 3rd May 2011, 17:33   #2
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Its 3rd of May and I haven't seen any Swifts yet, its warm and the sky's blue but no Swifts ?

I wonder if its because its been such a dry spring this year here in UK, maybe the insect life isn't flourishing in these dry conditions. Ordinarily this time of year with leaves bursting forth on the trees, I always hear a hum from insects when walking in woodland, dead quiet though now, strange!
they were late getting to France in numbers, and are still not as abundant as they usually are - but they're on their way, don't fret!
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Old Tuesday 3rd May 2011, 17:39   #3
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Interestingly I just read this http://btomigrationblog.blogspot.com....html?spref=tw
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Old Tuesday 3rd May 2011, 18:00   #4
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Hope your right nickderry an that they arive soon and in huge numbers

Maybe the north east winds holding em back then Mike? well I can relate to that! me n Mrs went a 7 mile cycle ride up the canal yesterday slap in to this strong wind thats been blowing for days, it wore us out but it then blowed us all the way back home again .
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Old Tuesday 3rd May 2011, 18:29   #5
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There were a few Swifts in Frodsham, Cheshire on bank holiday Monday.
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Old Tuesday 3rd May 2011, 18:32   #6
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hi we had them in Malton north yorkshire last saturday
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Old Tuesday 3rd May 2011, 18:34   #7
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There were hundreds at Abberton on Saturday.

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Old Tuesday 3rd May 2011, 18:42   #8
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Hi Phil are you sure they were Swifts ??
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Old Tuesday 3rd May 2011, 18:43   #9
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Old Tuesday 3rd May 2011, 19:06   #10
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Hi Phil are you sure they were Swifts ??
100%. Have seen swift before

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Thanks for that must have been a great sight, I know when I went to Cyprus five year ago, my first trip abroud, we had a storm, I went up onto the roof to see if I could get a picture of the lightening, but looking up I saw hundreds of swifts against a black sky, I thought the poor s.... having to fly through all this just to get to the U.K. I had a tear in my eyes

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Old Tuesday 3rd May 2011, 19:11   #12
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Lots of swifts in Hertfordshire - watched them over the reservoirs yesterday,
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Big arrival in Weymouth today, this evening there were probably hundreds going through and screaming their heads off! Superb sound!
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Many Swifts passing around the north Norfolk coastline yesterday!
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I saw my first of the year near Carlisle yesterday. Exactly the date I would expect to see them.
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Old Wednesday 4th May 2011, 06:35   #18
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They are certainly back. Had over 30 at my local reservoir yesterday.
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Old Wednesday 4th May 2011, 11:50   #19
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Seen em first thing this morning as I opend the front door, can hear them wistling outside right now as I type
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Old Wednesday 4th May 2011, 14:34   #20
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My first two of the year over Colchester Castle earlier today... and most importantly I spotted them before my brother.
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Old Wednesday 4th May 2011, 15:49   #21
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have seen them 5 times so far, first time over easter in manchester, then quite a few times in norfolk over the weekend
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Old Friday 6th May 2011, 21:31   #22
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Saw my first Swifts of the year yesterday in Redhill. 5 of them moving through at about 5.30 in the afternoon. Don't know if they came in on a weather front or caught a plane to Gatwick....either way, a wonderful sight.
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Old Saturday 7th May 2011, 04:41   #23
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Had my first on 1st May and then none until lunchtime yesterday *6th May* when I had three screaming across Alnwick Market Place

Still no sign of House Martins though! They seem to be getting more scarce up here with each passing year
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Old Saturday 7th May 2011, 07:54   #24
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My first in East Kent yesterday - 6th May.
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Old Saturday 7th May 2011, 08:59   #25
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My first in East Kent yesterday - 6th May.
I visited Stodmarsh yesterday expecting a 'skyful' but not a single one, nor any Hirundines either! Hopefully the weather front will bring some to this bit of East Kent...
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