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Les hirondelles sont arrivées! First swallows arrived!

*were is the hopping smilie????*

Just saw the first swallows (3)! Last year they were already here by 28th March. *Hopping round*

Posted at 9th Apr 2008 - 08:08PM   Posted by Bayou   Les hirondelles sont arrivées! First swallows arrived! Comments: 17

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Preseli Mags's Avatar How exciting! I'm still scanning the horizons for ours, although one was spotted on the coast not far from here before Easter.

Hi, by the way, I think you joined while I was absent! Pleased to make your aquaintance!

Posted by: Preseli Mags on 9th Apr 2008 at 08:12PM

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Bayou's Avatar Hi Preseli Mags,

sorry, haven't got round to get familiar with everybody. Am just starting to read through the "where I live" in order to find out more "who's who". I like your avatar.

Wow, before Easter already, that's early (where do you live? Embarassed)

Posted by: Bayou on 9th Apr 2008 at 08:16PM

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Oh joy - cannot wait to see ours! My husband thought he saw one about a week ago over our part of Devon. But just one. Then the snow came and that one has not returned.

Our neighbor has been keeping track of their coming and goings for a few seasons now and said that last year they arrived on April 6th, and left on September 28th. The year before they arrived later and left earlier.

Posted by: Crucifix on 9th Apr 2008 at 08:16PM

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Preseli Mags's Avatar Hi Bayou, I'm in Pembrokeshire, West Wales. And hi to Crucifix too - another one I haven't met before!

Posted by: Preseli Mags on 9th Apr 2008 at 08:35PM

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Lampworkbeader's Avatar Well I hope they've brought their vests. It's freezing outside.

Posted by: Lampworkbeader on 9th Apr 2008 at 08:40PM

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Milla's Avatar I'm the temporarily vile one. I think (Obv I like to think) that I used to be nice. Not so sure now. we're all calling it PMT, which I've never had before (I'm ONLY 44) .... Goodness, I'm 44. how did THAT happen!

Posted by: Milla on 9th Apr 2008 at 08:46PM

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Bayou's Avatar Yes, they did have their thick black coats on, Lampworkbeader (what a name Laughing)

Preseli Mags, West Wales means where I have been, I think three lives before....Rolling Eyes overlooking the Irish Sea?

*still hopping round* see, Milla?! It's already going to "temporarily" . No problem to be vile sometimes. But no reason to count the years Rolling Eyes Want some Belgian chocolate for the "happy center in the brain" ?

Posted by: Bayou on 9th Apr 2008 at 08:59PM

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Westerwitch's Avatar Hah - I'll settle for a berludy daffodil right now . . .we had sleet this evening.

Posted by: Westerwitch on 9th Apr 2008 at 09:05PM

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Elizabethm's Avatar Our swallows arent here yet - still looking for them.

Posted by: Elizabethm on 9th Apr 2008 at 09:21PM

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Ivy's Avatar well I mowed the lawn at lunchtime taking off the cardigan because it was so warm in the sun and had sleet and hail at five. Daffodils nearly all gone and no swallows in sight.

Posted by: Ivy on 9th Apr 2008 at 09:23PM

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I am actually abit worried about our swallows. This part of Devon is all farming and up until recently had many old barns which swallows used. But they have been turned into houses at an alarming rate as this is the only way anyone can get any planning permisssion out here so that your family can carry on living in the locale.

Each year swallow return to where they were born and I watch them as they arrive, and have no homes.

Posted by: Crucifix on 9th Apr 2008 at 09:29PM

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Unpeuloufoque's Avatar Saw ours doing tour of inspection last week.. if I leave window open in my studio they come in each year and do a tour ... the cats get very excited by that! It was once top floor of a barn and I think they bring thier mates to say here my ancestors lived here here a long time ago ( hasd not been a barn for at least 5 years) then they go and nest in other barns we have on our land or in the roof..one swalloq may not make a summer but it certainly makes it feel as if Spring is here.

Posted by: Unpeuloufoque on 9th Apr 2008 at 10:23PM

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Ivy's Avatar Sad news in our morning newspaper: ten-thousand swallows have died in South-Africa due to a severe drop of temperature shortly before they were due to travel north. So if you see some this year you can call yourselves luckyCrying or Very sad

Posted by: Ivy on 10th Apr 2008 at 09:55AM

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Westerwitch's Avatar Oh good grief that is awful . . .

Posted by: Westerwitch on 10th Apr 2008 at 10:18AM

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How terrible. I always try to figure out which nes are 'ours' who nested here last year and see if they come back. Sadly 2 years ago in that really hot summer we lost a few to dehydration. Because they are so wild and the way they eat on the wing they are so hard to nurse. A friend who runs a wildlife rescue place did though and then took them upstairs t the 4th floor in her house and let them go. They too return and fly in the same window she let them out of.

I tresure them so and love the little voices they have.

Posted by: Crucifix on 10th Apr 2008 at 02:40PM

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Ivy's Avatar /www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/197856,thousands-of-swallows-die-in-south-africa-on-eve-of.html

according to this article it's even more dead birds sorry still don't know how to do links

Posted by: Ivy on 10th Apr 2008 at 04:05PM

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The weather is so weird everywhere. My brother is in california and they have been longing for rain for ages now. It used to rain where he is on a regular basis. They suffer all the forest fires and the hills above him, which were once lush, are now like a prairie. I think it is a result of global warming, but I know lots of people think it is just nature evolving and nothing we can do about it. Sad to see so many species lost.

I had butterlies galore in February and no sign of them now. Probably died in rain storms. We had sleet again today after lovely sun this morning.

Posted by: Crucifix on 10th Apr 2008 at 04:40PM

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