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sean

No Swallows.

Sad None turned up to their regular nesting spots at work and I haven't seen any around town at all.
NorthernMonkeyGirl

Are they as far behind as everything else?
buzzy

Saw a couple in the village (a mile away) last week. They don't venture out this way, except later in the year when they sometimes feed high over our trees.

Henry
lowri

I've seen 2 swallows on a friend's farm, much nearer sea level, but nothing here yet, definitely late. And has anybody heard a chiffchaff - or is my deafness for real? Sad
buzzy

I have heard Chiff-Chaffs in the garden and in several other places, so it might just be that they haven't reached you yet. No Willow Warblers in the garden yet, though I have heard them elsewhere.

On the other hand, Chiff-Chaff was one of the bird sounds that my mother 'lost' quite early.

Henry
dpack

tis usually house martins and swifts here, a few swallows mid summerish only a few so far

the bats are out
the plants have done 2 months in 2 weeks all at the same time

bee watch is a bit thin so far, see plants
NorthernMonkeyGirl

Saw a good few bumble bees over thise couple of hot days, and have seen a few solitary bees since then.
Cabbage whitefly are doing well...
Mistress Rose

I agree the flowers have come on very fast. We are at bluebell time now but blackthorn is still in flower, with the odd may blossom out too. Very mixed up. The hot weather at the end of last week brought things forward a long way.
gz

Swallows at a farm about a mile away. I'm hoping the Martins will be back as many houses have been "wrapped" here. The mud should stick well on the harling, even ifit doesn't where people have put plastic barge boards/soffits etc
tahir

A heron flew about 10 ft above my head on Sunday, good job it didn't need a poo!
gythagirl

Definitely swallows - 6 or 7 - on the phone wire in front of the house about a week ago. Haven't seen any since though.
sgt.colon

I think I saw two Chiffchaffs on Sunday when we were out on a walk. We don't get Swallows round our way. Sad
Slim

Just saw a photo of a japanese sweet coltsfoot (AKA butter bur) in bloom around here. (I was trying to help ID it, but had no idea what it was from the flowers alone - definintely unusual around here)

Fritillaria and tulips are up a couple inches in the yard
dpack

butter burr leaves are a good wrapping for transporting and fire baking fish Wink
handy as they are quite common round here.
Slim

These were Petasites japonicus. The only "coltsfoot" that I know of around here normally is Tussilago farfara (which still isn't a native) though there are apparently North American petasites

Seems as though butterbur more aptly describe petasites than Tussilago
Mistress Rose

Looking them up the Tussilago seems to be the native British one. Haven't seen the Petsites thank goodness as it looks like the sort of thing that would take over. The cowslips are making an appearance in our lawn now.
sean

There was one bombing in and out of their nesting site at work today. Fingers crossed.
frewen

Give them a chance - the weather had been a bit grim (she says being optimistic)

I'm hoping for swallows soon
gz

charging around here...not sure if martins or swallows, they didn't stop to be checked!
wellington womble

Spotted a couple here.
lowri

Still no swallows, chiffchaffs or redstarts - but pairs of kites, buzzards and ravens bombing round every morning. Next door (1/4 mile away,) have 2 swallows. I still live in hopes! Smile
Mistress Rose

I hope yours return soon Lowri. Things are so late this year they might just have decided to stop off somewhere warmer on the way for a short holiday. Very Happy
sean

Definitely some around now. Smile They need to buckle down and get on with it if their chicks are going to have a chance.
buzzy

They'll be OK. Swallows have no problem raising two broods in one summer. At least they didn't use to when I lived in a house with Swallows.

Henry
sean

First lot would be fledging by now here in a good year.
Shan

Saw some here last weekend.
lowri

Opened the door to let the dog out at 7 30 am and a pair of siskins were as surprised as I was! They were aiming for the peanuts. I think they are only the third pair I've seen here in 10 years! Are they that rare, or just well camouflaged?
Mistress Rose

Saw some swallows or swifts yesterday, but I couldn't tell which at the distance they were.
Nicky Colour it green

I thought the swallows were late this year - then I checked out the date I first saw them last year and it turns out they are a few days earlier this year. I wonder if that early hot spell just made me think things were further on than they really are
lowri

They've got here! Or at least made a pit stop at 9 pm last night! A pair!
But I haven't seen them so far today.
It's a start! Now for the cuckoo! Very Happy
wellington womble

Saw some swallows or swifts yesterday, but I couldn't tell which at the distance they were.


You’ve no real hope of seeing the difference on the wing (ie colours and so on) They do move differently, Swifts are much stiffer in the wings, and also generally fly very high. The best way to tell is to listen. Swallows chat, Swifts scream (and Housemartins blow raspberries)
Mistress Rose

They were quite low so probably swallows.
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