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Old Sunday 5th April 2020, 19:49   #26
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Officially sanctioned exercise bike ride up to a local pond this afternoon produced a mixed flock of about 50-60 birds, mostly Sand Martins but also a few Barn Swallows and one or two House Martins - all 3 my first of the year
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Old Sunday 12th April 2020, 12:18   #27
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Old Sunday 12th April 2020, 14:06   #28
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I have one swallow back at the stables, looked tired and untidy. He has been here now 4 days singing but no one has joined him yet, he is looking better now so hope for more to follow.
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Old Sunday 12th April 2020, 14:45   #29
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Had one over my garden a couple of days ago + my second today on my local patch. West London suburbs.
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Old Sunday 12th April 2020, 14:50   #30
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Swallows and Sand Martins in Aberdeen since the early part of the week. I saw my first House Martin yesterday.
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Old Monday 13th April 2020, 06:49   #31
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Think I heard one at the weekend but I didn't see it so I'm not too sure.
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Old Monday 13th April 2020, 18:17   #32
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Has anyone seen any Swallows, Martins yet in the UK? if so can you leave details here, some kids have written to admin asking if we could get information for them.


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First House Martin of the year for me this morning; Hodbarrow, Cumbria.
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had my first swallow in east Norfolk on the 11th
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The swallows have not arrived at my stables usually arrive sometime around 26th March Norfolk UK, so they are late this year. Hope they arrive soon here.

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I'm on the West side of North Norfolk here, near coast, but NOT near the Fens, or suchlike.

We overlook farmland mostly, with some woodland on the periphery.


Saw my very first 'African Import' of 2020, yesterday, Sunday 12th April, just after lunchtime.

House Martin - just ONE lone House Martin, who'd settled on my Farmer-neighbour's Telegraph wire.

Whilst it WAS a most welcome sight, it's unusual to see him 'alone'

We're usually inundated, in the gigantic field(s) opposite, yet here he was, "on his lonesome".

Same field opposite, is large enough to land AND park several squadrons of C.130 Hercules & still land more....
(it's most certainly long-enough & forms a long block, separating 3 x villages)

So we always do see swallows 'surfing' the cornfields, for low-flying insects.

Not sure what crop it is this year, but, last-year we had 2 x Oystercatchers breeding outside/opposite.

They're back again (as a pair), plus countless Partridge (which proliferate), plus a few pheasants


Problem is also the ridiculous 'sharp' changes of extreme weather !!!!!!

We've had a good 4-5 days of 18-20-degree weather = Yesterday reached 21-degrees here.

Yet, very late afternoon, it clouded-over AND a bitterly-cold East-wind kicked-in.

Late-afternoon/early evening, tempratures plummeted, right down to a ridiculously cold 8-degrees, from 21 !!!!!!!

It has stayed that way, all throughout the daytime today, a bitterly ice-cold wind, keeping it at 8-degrees (Highest is '8' , Jeeeez)

You naturally DO NOT expect the weather to change SO sharply & dramatically, by 65% or so


Might just explain as to "why" Mr.Martin was all on his lonesome-pine !!!!!!!


(yesterday, wafer-thin shirt-sleeves - yet today, multiple fleeces & scarves !)

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Old Thursday 16th April 2020, 07:43   #33
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Think I heard one at the weekend but I didn't see it so I'm not too sure.
Turned out what I heard were Starlings, their call was very similar to Swallows.
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Old Thursday 16th April 2020, 16:55   #34
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Still nothing here, however I did see three wheatears and two lapwings.
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Old Friday 17th April 2020, 11:13   #35
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I finally saw one outside my house.
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Old Friday 17th April 2020, 15:38   #36
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My first Swallow of 2020, 16th April at Ramshaw, SW Durham.
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Old Friday 17th April 2020, 16:11   #37
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First I have seen this year was today, a single Swallow over houses, North of Southampton, heading North
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First today - a pair feeding low at Trittiford Mill Pond, Birmingham, UK.
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Old Saturday 18th April 2020, 16:02   #39
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At last, the first Swallow of the year for me this evening 17.00 18th April
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Old Sunday 19th April 2020, 13:03   #41
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I've been expecting the Martins and Swallows back for the past week but still no sign of them here in Wrexham. Going on past years, they're due any time now. With this lock down in place I've not been to any of the local lakes, which is generally where I spot my first of the year.
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Old Sunday 19th April 2020, 13:13   #42
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Saw my first two barn swallows (Hirundo rustica) of the season today! 12:30pm Harrogate, North Yorkshire.
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Old Sunday 19th April 2020, 14:08   #43
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My first Swallow was the day before yesterday, I had a couple yesterday and today there has been a constant trickle of individuals, all heading North and all at treetop height where there are quite a lot of insects visible even through my bins. Not one has turned left, right or back for a second.

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Old Friday 1st May 2020, 12:07   #44
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When walking around our village I always see the first Swallows on some telegraph wires near our little railway station but no sign of them yet. Co-incidentally, I visit Bridlington on the East coast regularly and there were always Sand Martins flying in and out of their burrows around this time but last year there wasn't one. Obviously I can't go and check this year because of the lockdown but I find it really disconcerting that there wasn't a single bird there last year - a depletion in numbers would have been acceptable, given the current situation for all types of birds but to not see any at all is quite scary and sad.

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Saw three Sand Martins on Nafferton Mere three days ago. Don't know why they are there though - no sand or suitable burrowing medium. Perhaps they are settled somewhere else nearby and just came for the copious amount of flies!
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Old Tuesday 5th May 2020, 11:28   #46
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Hi Chris, I live near Maidstone. Swallows have always arrived in early April to nest in our stables for the last 20 odd years. This year? None! And the sky over local fields always alive with them thereafter but not one in the sky yet. It would be interesting to hear from an authoritative voice on the subject since I am very amateur....but concerned enough this year to have sought out and joined Birdforum. Could it have been the prevailing North Easterly during March/April??
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Old Tuesday 5th May 2020, 11:52   #47
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Hi JimmyO,

We all like to think it's the wind or the weather that's preventing migratory birds from returning but I'm afraid it's US - humans! We are responsible for the lack of normal behaviour in all wildlife - our habits are destroying nature and we can't face up to it - we blame the weather instead! I've had Tree Sparrows one year and Blue-tits for seven years in a row in my garden nest box but nothing at all this year. By this time they would be on their second brood. Don't forget, the weather has been unseasonably good so far so all the usual migrants should be on time if not ahead of time. Like you, I know practically nothing substantial about birds and their habits - I'm more of an interested identifier! If the Swallows aren't here yet, what will happen to the Swifts, who are not long behind. Their screaming is truly the start of summer and a sound I always look forward to - I hope I hear it again soon along with the bubbling twitter of the Swallows.
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Old Sunday 10th May 2020, 08:37   #48
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They're here at last! Saw two on the telegraph wires near Nafferton railway station - the place I always first see them. Just waiting for the scream of the Swifts now and summer will truly be here.
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Old Sunday 10th May 2020, 10:01   #49
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Very few Swallows here around Alnwick, Northumberland this year I had 3 flying around Alnwick Castle on 14th April then no more (assume the three I saw were just passing through) until I saw another couple over the castle on 26th. But even since then there's only single figures dotted about
Swifts arrived back on May 6th (2019 = 13th) but even in the 'hotspot' for them around St Paul's Church they're still only in single figures.
House Martins = zilch!
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Since my first encounter of Swallows in April since then I've seen them a lot flying and chattering away.
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