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No swallows round here yet - I hope you're theory that their late arrival suggests a warm summer is correct! We're enjoying a pretty fine spring so far - working in shorts and t-shirt earlier in the week! - so lets hope there's more to come.

Ours always turn up on the 15th April but we live in the Cotswolds. I've seen swallows in the UK in late Feb before but that's very unusual.
I've checked the Birdguides website and Swallows have been seen in Herts and Suffolk today.
Spring....BRING IT ON!!!

Where are the swallows and swifts this year and the house martins? We live in the South Hams Devon but we have not seen any so far. It's the end of May and they normally have been here several weeks by now.
Also we have noticed very few fledgling sparrows around. We have plenty of goldfinches, chaffinches, even bullfinches, a pied woodpecker, robins and wrens, blackbirds etc but no swallows etc. anyone else notice?

Down here in sw France I've noticed there seems to be far less swallows this year. Swifts, even less so.

When we bought our farm, back in 2004, we would easily count +100 swallows sitting on the electric wire outside our house.

Saying that, our house was not lived in for the forty years prior to our arrival so the house and barns made a great nesting site.

Swallows in Mullion Cove at 16:00 hrs on 13/04/2016

I had the male arrived on the 16th April on the 17th a second male arrived on the 18th April. They are waiting for the females arrival, which last year was 29th April 2015.But today is the 3rd May and the females still have not arrived.

swallows arrived in Gloucestershire today, 30/03 /2017

Two seen at Brancaster Snaithe, Norfolk on 6 April

Two swallows seen at Cleland ceredigion on the 2nd of april

swallow seen in Ludlow yesterday, 15 april 2017

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