Swallows are back

A couple of days ago the sound of twittering and warbling reappeared over the garden.


The Swallows have returned. The bird above is possibly an older male, who are the first to return to a nesting site. The females can be up to two weeks later in returning.

For as long as I can remember, each summer swallows have nested in my neighbours disused pig-sty.

I’ve spend many hours watching them darting across the field, over the gardens and in and out of the nest site. Each nest can take over 1000 trips of bringing in nest material.

Swallows that spend the summer in the UK, spend their winter in South Africa. Travelling up through the Sahara or following the West coast of Africa, through Spain, the Pyrenees and France.

Flying by day, finding food while they can, they can cover up to 200 miles per day, at speeds of between 17 and 22 mph.

It can be a dangerous journey, and many die from exhaustion and starvation so I’m always really excited to hear the tell tale sounds of their return.


Here’s some footage I took a couple of years ago on the electric cable that runs over my garden.





About Alex White - Appletonwild

This is my diary of the wildlife where I live in Oxfordshire, and sometimes the places I visit. My passion is for British wildlife, especially Badgers and Hares. This year my debut book "Get Your Boots On" was published I am a keen amateur photographer. All the photographs on this blog are taken by myself unless stated otherwise. I am a member of A Focus on Nature, the network for Young Nature Conservationists, BBOWT, The Oxon Mammal group and The Oxfordshire Badger Group. You can also follow me on Twitter @Appletonwild Instagram appletonwild
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9 Responses to Swallows are back

  1. The return of the swallows is such a welcome sign of spring.

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  2. Pingback: Appletons Wildlife Diary – Swallows – Wildonline.blog

  3. Alexis says:

    most of the swallows arrived here last week, but the first stray individuals arrived at the end of march!

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  4. Eliza Waters says:

    One of my favorite birds – loved the twittering video, thanks!

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  5. They’re extraordinary little creatures! I’ve watched them here (especially at Cape of Good Hope nature reserve) gather up towards the end of February preparing for the long trek back north. Glad to hear they’re arriving at their destination.

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