When I made a vague Twitter enquiry about our migratory friends arriving, heralding the start of our summer, I was intrigued to see there is something of a definite pattern emerging:
(I have left the Twitter names of the contributors so you can follow them if you want)
Numbers in Spanish hills near Malaga are definitely dropping. Keep a look out…
Swallows flying around garden of the Falcon pub at Hatton Easter Monday Warwickshire
Swallows in. No swifts yet Shropshire
Swifts arrived in last week. They’re on their way! Swallows r also about too! Co.Antrim, NI
Swallows in spotted 21/04/2014 Lancashire
Swifts seen passing over yesterday @RSPB_OldMoor Barnsley
Swallows and some sand martins in but no house martins or swifts yet West Yorks
Swallows in Tomnaverie Stone Circle. Aberdeenshire
Swallow which I tweeted yesterday from Gib point . No Swifts yet. Skegness
Swallows in East Lothian
Swallows at Claines in on 13th april – aprox 10 days early Worcester
Swallows here no swifts yet! Notts
Swifts preparing to nest near this weekend. Lovely! Brecon
Swallows around for 3 or 4 weeks. Keeping an ear out for Swifts but none yet Norfolk
Swallows seen yesterday near but no swifts Cambridge
Swallows around our estate in Gloucester.
Swallows but no swifts so far Buckinghamshire
Swallows are in the Vale of Glamorgan
Swifts and swallows over Sandy Water Park in last week so they’re here! Llanelli, S Wales
Swallows been around in small numbers for a couple of weeks. No swifts yet Lincolnshire
Swallows in but not seen any swifts yet Essex
Swallows yesterday at Wilmington, East Sussex
Swallows / martins seen coming in over the Solent
Swallows. Also Sand Martins & House Martins Hampshire
Swallows in Wiltshire. More in Hants/Dorset. No swifts but house martins in Devizes
Swallows around #NetherStowey and the #Quantocks Somerset
And I am delighted to say I saw 2 swallows in Marshwood west Dorset yesterday!
So as you can see there is a concentration in from the Midlands to the north of England with less in the south.
Interesting and thank you all very much for your responses!