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What to look for, NOW!

every week we'll highlight what to look for when you're out birding.

This week it's: SwalloW

Spring proper is finally here, isn't it. It is the end of the first week of April, and time to be starting to mop up those summer migrants. Already, you should have heard Chiffchaffs singing and perhaps male Blackcaps have startled to produce their delightful fluty warble. Now is the time when hirundines are arriving is some numbers. Sand Martins are first, followed closely by Swallows (those proverbial non-harbingers of Summer) and then a little later, usually, House Martins. When it comes to Swallows, listen for the twittering song and call and look for an elegant hirundines, usually over water or low over an agricultural field; deep blue-black and glossy on the upperside, white with a deep red throat on the underside. The tail streamers are particularly long and there are white spots on the spread tail.

 Swallow; note the glossy blue-back upperparts, white spots on the base of the tail and the long 'streamers'

Swallow; note the glossy blue-back upperparts, white spots on the base of the tail and the long 'streamers'

 Swallow showing red throat, dark breast band and pale underparts

Swallow showing red throat, dark breast band and pale underparts

Images by Alamy


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