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sean
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 18 10:02 am    Post subject: No Swallows.  Reply with quote    

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

NorthernMonkeyGirl



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 18 11:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Are they as far behind as everything else?

buzzy



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 18 11:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

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



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 18 1:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

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?

buzzy



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 18 6:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

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



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 18 7:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

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



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 18 8:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

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



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 18 6:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

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



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Location: Ayrshire, Scotland
PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 18 8:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

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



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 18 9:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

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

gythagirl



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 18 9:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

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



Joined: 27 Jul 2009
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 18 9:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

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

Slim



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 18 10:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

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



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 18 12:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

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

Slim



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Location: New England (In the US of A)
PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 18 1:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

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

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