This morning Stuart and I were out in the garden trying to get everything done before we go away on holiday. I looked up and there just above my head was the first Swift of the summer. Quite a good date have seen it much later in the month before they arrive up here. They are with us for such a short time, arrive the beginning of May have a busy summer breeding and rearing their young and are away again from my part of Scotland by the first week in August You are fortunate further south Sifts will stay well into September. I love watching them, they fly in formation like fighter planes. I get a great view of them from our lounge window and from the garden. Where I stay they are our most common Hirundine. We had our first House Martin on the 1st of May so that is all of that group of birds in now so we can say its summer ha ha. You know the saying 'One Swallow does not a summer make'.
For my records:- Swallow .....6th April
Sand Martin.....10th April.
House Martin......1st May
Swift.....3rd May. 2006.
Thank you for reading my Bird watching tales. Love