I asked @Natures_Voice if they had heard any news about the migrating Swallows and Swifts. I was in for a suprise…

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)

@jwtwits
Numbers in Spanish hills near Malaga are definitely dropping. Keep a look out…


@rossimilburn
Swallows flying around garden of the Falcon pub at Hatton  Easter Monday Warwickshire


@christiaan_may

Swallows in. No swifts yet  Shropshire


@petermc0104

 Swifts arrived in last week. They’re on their way! Swallows r also about too! Co.Antrim, NI


@KenHigham

Swallows in spotted 21/04/2014  Lancashire


@Treespers42

Swifts seen passing over yesterday @RSPB_OldMoor Barnsley


@Steveredwolf

Swallows and some sand martins in  but no house martins or swifts yet West Yorks


@Jon_D_Clarke
Swallows in Tomnaverie Stone Circle. Aberdeenshire


@PhilipMillns

Swallow which I tweeted yesterday from Gib point . No Swifts yet. Skegness


@drmtbishop

Swallows in East Lothian

@naturesgreat

Swallows at Claines in on 13th april – aprox 10 days early Worcester


@6_tailed_comet

Swallows here no swifts yet! Notts


@LauraAOwen

Swifts preparing to nest near  this weekend. Lovely! Brecon

 

@John_Ranson

Swallows around for 3 or 4 weeks. Keeping an ear out for Swifts but none yet Norfolk


@hurst_liz

Swallows seen yesterday near  but no swifts Cambridge


@bertikusmaximus

Swallows around our estate in Gloucester.


@RyanClarkNature
 Swallows but no swifts so far Buckinghamshire

@GillABanks

Swallows are in the Vale of Glamorgan


@MMandyjackson54

Swifts and swallows over Sandy Water Park in  last week so they’re here! Llanelli, S Wales

@BirderChris
Swallows been around in small numbers for a couple of weeks. No swifts yet Lincolnshire


@Skylarkingforu

Swallows  in but not seen any swifts yet Essex

 

@theleeshore

Swallows yesterday at Wilmington, East Sussex


@WeimaRunner

Swallows / martins seen coming in over the Solent


@amythebirder

Swallows. Also Sand Martins & House Martins Hampshire

 

@brunc222

Swallows in Wiltshire. More in Hants/Dorset. No swifts but house martins in Devizes


@oldciderhouse

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!

 

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About Sophia Moseley

Freelance Copywriter, Feature Writer and Author. Looking for that illusive job that every working mother craves but surviving, just, on what I can find. My writing and poetry keeps my sane. Watch this space.
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