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  1. #11
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnH View Post
    In my 5 fishing trips since mid-March, on a reservoir and 2 small stillwaters across Somerset, Wiltshire and Hamshire, I have not seen one martin or swallow. It's April 18, the weather's been mild, and there have been mainly Southerly airflows across southern England. What's happening ?

    I really like seeing these little birds, first because they are a real sign of spring, and second because if they are repeatedly hawking the water surface it's a clue that we'll have some good buzzer fishing.

    Anyone seen any swallows or martins in 2011 ? What's going on ?
    I saw my first sandmartins this year on March 31 in Bakewell. The swallows and house martins have followed but I haven't seen swifts yet.

    richard
    Who resides on the right bank of the Derbyshire Wye and is lulled to sleep each night by the mutterings of the river, dreaming that "When the rivers and their inhabitants come first, we ALL win."

  2. #12
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    Saw my first swallow on 8th April in Congleton. See plenty since.

  3. #13
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    Swifts normally come 1st week in May for us.

    Jim
    The Fishermans Friend is the Flirty Fly,Fickle Food for Fleeting Fish.

  4. #14
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    Was fishing next to a sand bank full of sand martin holes yesterday on the tees. Wasnt sure if there was any in there until a bit of the bank collapsed and they all came flying out, I got quite a shock. None hurt that i could see either.
    Loads of swallows up my way too.

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    Saw house martins on the Test 2 weeks ago.
    peter

  6. #16

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    Swallows arrived at their regular nest site on the Lune on the 11th of April.

  7. #17
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    Saw my first Swallow today. Have seen quite a few Swifts since the start of April.

    Also saw some big Daddy Longlegs too. I think we can say Winter is over!

    SharkeyP
    Probing the shallows, measuring the depth,
    He catches a morsel he's bound to regret.

  8. #18
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    Quote Originally Posted by SharkeyP View Post
    . I think we can say Winter is over!

    SharkeyP
    Wanna bet?

    From the Guardian, 12/05/2010

    Widespread frost is forecast for much of the country tonight.
    The famously bracing seaside resort of Skegness managed an overnight temperature of -1C, snow flakes fluttered down on Tyneside, and with more snow forecast for the Scottish highlands an new bedding plants likely to cringe in a widespread frost across much of the country tonight, it could be another week before the weather warms up to anywhere near the seasonal norm.

    "Take not out your 'ounds on a werry windy day" Surtees.

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