/ Our swallows are missing
Saw swallows around Balerno yesterday. Also heard (and saw!) a cuckoo!
We saw swallows in cumbria about a month ago, but they seemed to disappear - they were back last weekend though.
Yeah cuckoos were on Skye 2 weeks ago
I built a small shed for a clientlast thursday ,but did not make a door.
went to measure the door opening today ,and spotted that there had been quite a bit of nest construction inside.
am happy that the birds will have enough access when I fit the door ,as the asbestos corrugated roof sheets have quite big corrugations.
Few years ago ,putting up a house ,I regularly had to catch the swallows which had decided to nest in the house.
They would stun themselves crashing into the patio doorsets and have to be rescued.amazing colours when you have one in your hand ,their tiny hearts pounding.
Could not finish plasterboarding the ceiling until the chicks had all flown the nest.
after a couple of days of sheperding and sometimes having to catch the fledgling birds , the whole family were gone.
Off on their big adventure.
Down here in Derbyshire my Swallows turned up about ten days late. Likewise the Baslow Edge Cuckoo was a bit tardy.
Likewise here in Northumberland.
Swallows arrived in Gairloch last week.
Yes, its strange how they're flying around the North West... yesterday was a good day to watch them... but not down south.
Was chatting to an RSPB lady today who said everything was a month ish behind, migratory birds arriving aswell as domestic birds laying eggs etc, she said it wouldn't cause any problems for them though so it's all good!
Been in West Aberdeenshire ten days, bless the wee things....always wonder whose house they been sat outside through the winter...
Saw a couple of swallows in the pentlands on monday. First this year.
Has anyone else noticed their absence?
They are all late this year, as we go into the next global cooling phase.
Haven't seen the ones that normally nest next door yet. They like to divebomb our cats, so I suspect the cats are relieved...
Models for global warming indicated that melting Greenland ice caps may push the gulf stream south and make Britain colder in the long term, but that is not global cooling, that's Britain cooling.
You should trust your personal experience more - rather than what the warmist sponsors or the BBC, Met Office and the Grauniad say.
I have travelled back enough times from South America in Winter to snow in Norway in Summer to know that globally we are not getting warmer. At present the Falklands for example is coming to midwinter and it is still warmer than here in the UK.
The models are all BS. They have been rumbled by independent analysts.
Why on earth didn't scientists think of flying to South America and back repeatedly to determine whether climate change is occurring? Clearly much more reliable that doing things like taking measurements studying climate physics.
Plenty of data here: http://tinyurl.com/ysss8l
Most recent summary here: http://tinyurl.com/d7tc2ze
Despite slightly varying methodologies, the results show close agreement with records kept by other independent bodies.
in general, scientists are remarkably poor (except in the movies) so they can't afford to fly back and forth to south america sufficient times to gather any reasonable statistics. that's why they have to make it all up.
So that's where they are!
Yes, I've seen the perches & the nets they use... sad really, I'd hate to be there during the season.... if you moved into range you'd likely be a target!
I often see the swallows struggle over the Alps when I'm skiing around easter... you have to admire their tenacity getting over the high passes in poor, cold conditions.
How did you find the climbing? I was there about 20 years ago & played around on some with my young lad... plenty of potential if you don't mind rats :)
> How did you find the climbing? I was there about 20 years ago & played around on some with my young lad... plenty of potential if you don't mind rats :)
Brilliant climbing,such a pity about all the shotgun cartridge cases everywhere.
Yes but surely the weather and amount of food in their winter home is what determines when they leave. They can't know what the weather has been like in the UK over the winter.
As soon as the wind changed, the plants, insects and migrant birds all responded. So they arrive just as dinner is served :)
So it's wind direction then.
The swifts are up around here.
I've poisoned all of the flies to deal with the menace.
Swifts arrived a couple of days ago in Inverness. I've got loads of swallows up at the house at the moment and they seem to be taking a close interest the space above my door frame on the patio doors. It would be great to have them nesting but it would mean I couldn't open the door for a few months as it opens outwards!
We've had dozens in our garden in Skye for a week now.
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