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Old Saturday 4th May 2019, 12:10   #1
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First swift 2019

This morning 4 may enderby Leicestershire
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Old Saturday 4th May 2019, 17:52   #2
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Had my first over the garden about 3 days ago. Today a small number with House + Sand Martins at the London Wetland Centre.
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Old Saturday 4th May 2019, 18:34   #4
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About 10 over the Wyre Forest in Worcestershire today.
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Old Sunday 5th May 2019, 18:27   #5
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Just done my monthly report for Birdwatching magazine and the first Leicestershire record I could find was Groby Pool on April 25th. I saw my first 8 at Rutland Water the next day and have had some most days since. At least 75 at Swithland Res this morning along with impressive numbers of hirundines.

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Old Monday 6th May 2019, 12:20   #6
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None here in Yorkshire - but I saw hundreds in Devon & Somerset last week.
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Old Thursday 9th May 2019, 08:29   #8
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Hi,

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This morning 4 may enderby Leicestershire
First one just shot past by my window here in Hamburg.

I can see four potential swift nests from my window, but competition is getting stiffer every year, with starlings and tits checking out all nests this year, and jackdaws flying in and out of one particular one.

(Last year, the swifts managed to evict the jackdaws from that nest, much to my surprise.)

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First three or four briefly back at their breeding site in school yesterday (about a week later than usual, but in line with weather conditions and last year's arrival).
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Three over Aberdeen this evening. Right on time.
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Old Monday 13th May 2019, 13:53   #12
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Still only the one bird I had on the 10th, no more since.
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Not seen them but I have heard them.
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Old Friday 17th May 2019, 14:29   #15
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Saw a pair mating from the window last evening, the second time now that I've witnessed it, the first time being one morning two years ago. Fabulous to see and not, from what I can glean from various sources, something that's seen too often.
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Old Saturday 18th May 2019, 10:50   #16
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What are the chances? watched a pair mating on the wing again this morning (18 May) from the window at 09.42 BST. And to correct my previous posting it was actually three years ago (7th May 2016) when I first observed a pair mating on the wing, and that was at 09.20 BST.
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Saw the first ones here in south London on 13 May.
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Old Friday 24th May 2019, 12:07   #18
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Saw my first Swifts last week above the garden but I have been hearing them a lot.
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Old Monday 3rd June 2019, 07:11   #19
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Hi everyone,

Watching the swifts from my balcony yesterday, I had three of them zip past me much closer than usual.

They were going really fast and flying in a wide horizontal arc, and I heard the hiss of the air over their wings as they went by.

Quite amazing, first time ever I was able to witness that!

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Definitely more Swifts in the last few days than before this spring - obviously more have come in lately - very late.
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Saw a hole flock of them on Friday I wish I filmed it.
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Old Tuesday 4th June 2019, 15:39   #22
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Noticed a welcome increase in numbers over the past few years
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