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Old Tuesday 28th April 2020, 19:06   #26
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Saw my first 2 Swifts this morning - with lots of Swallows and Martins. Brought in by the rain?
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Old Wednesday 29th April 2020, 08:11   #27
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I've yet to see one on the wing but the first one back spent the night in the camera nest box last night. It is still there this morning. It did shuffle across to the entrance just after 8am but I suspect the dull damp weather convinced it to return to the nest to sleep again.

This is the earliest they have returned here, normally around 7th May, last year it was the 8th.
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Old Wednesday 29th April 2020, 09:21   #28
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My first (Co. Wicklow) seen 2 days ago on the 27th. The first ones are always passing through on their way north. It seems (just by my own inexpert observations) that the ones that nest in the north of the country arrive first. The first flypast at my house is brief, and if I happen to miss it then it is another fortnight before I see swifts again - and that wave is the ones that nest locally
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Old Friday 1st May 2020, 11:51   #29
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1st today on my daily walk.
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Old Sunday 3rd May 2020, 13:56   #30
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Still haven't had one here yet which fits with what I expect, usually another few days.
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Old Sunday 3rd May 2020, 15:12   #31
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Just had my first two here, 20 days earlier than my previous earliest at this address: 25th May, 28th May, 23rd May in the three previous years here.
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Old Monday 4th May 2020, 18:31   #32
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They're here today, right about when I'd expect them.
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Old Monday 4th May 2020, 19:12   #33
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Four over the village in South Bucks this evening, after having seen my first single one on 25th April and (possibly the same bird in the same area) the following evening but not again in the intervening period.
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Old Monday 4th May 2020, 19:50   #34
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Three around the house this evening. The one that arrived on the 28th has been joined in the nest box by its partner. This is only 3-4 days earlier than normal arrival date here.

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Old Tuesday 5th May 2020, 03:05   #35
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PS am assuming that they are also arriving earlier in Southern Europe at their breeding sites too?

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I saw my first ones on the 31st March (Lisbon area), about 1 or 2 weeks later than some years.
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Old Tuesday 5th May 2020, 08:40   #36
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Wasn't birding but saw a group of at least 5+ yesterday evening flying above the local park
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Old Tuesday 5th May 2020, 10:56   #37
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I had a pair mating over the garden this morning, the fifth time I've seen them mating over here in the past five years. Always quite something to see,
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Counted 12 flying overhead my building just now. Harrogate, North Yorkshire
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Old Wednesday 6th May 2020, 13:11   #39
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Big herd of Swifts today 50+ circling and catching insects high up, first ones of the year for me in Buckinghamshire.
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Still haven't seen any Swifts yet plenty of Swallows though.
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Old Wednesday 6th May 2020, 13:23   #41
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Numbers significantly up here after the first sighting two days ago.
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Swifts have been reported to have been spotted in Edinburgh but I still haven't seen any yet.
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Saw three above our allotment yesterday and two on our lockdown walk today.
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Just heard and saw my first Swift of the year.
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First two or three here (Lambeth area) on Thursday 7th May. Into double figures yesterday.
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Old Sunday 10th May 2020, 11:44   #46
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If you spot a Swift The RSPB would like you to post their sightings at Swift Mapper https://bit.ly/2SJfTx2
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Old Sunday 10th May 2020, 13:20   #47
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Done it already - it is really interesting :)
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Just heard a Swift sadly this time I didn’t see it.
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Old Sunday 17th May 2020, 12:33   #49
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Just saw my third Swift this week.
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Heard the screeching call of Swifts on my walk.
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