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European Swift landfall at Klein's Camp - Serengeti

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European Swift landfall at Klein's Camp - Serengeti

I received this by email just this morning. The tormenting rainfall has grounded 44 Common Swift at Klein's Camp - Serengeti. http://www.birdinfo.co.za/landbirds/11_european_swift.htm

It happened before, that after tormenting rainfall, Common Swifts were found on the ground, dead or dying.

Common Swift live their life on the wing (24/7), they only touch the "ground" during their breeding season in Europe (end of April - mid September).
Common Swift is not able to take-off from ground level.

They build their nests under the upper roof-tiles of a steep roof or in holes in high walls. They need about 3 meters free downfall to fly off.

Smiling I'm always very pleased to read about people who help those grounded Common Swifts to recover and get airborne again!

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They are back!!
Tonight I have witnessed my first swifts back in town Laughing out loud Laughing out loud Laughing out loud
While the weather is still so soft my daughter and I had dinner outside in the garden and we were just sitting there 'gossiping' the time away when I had a phone call.
Not far from me the first swifts were seen, I grabbed my keys and left, leaving the clearing of the table to my daughter. I met the friend who called and he pointed them out to me, 8 swifts were flying high up in the sky. They were not hurried like birds on their migratory route still, but circling so we suggested they will be locals returning.
They might be birds of our most famous colony in town maybe? Leuven is a town with a catholic university and once a pope had built a large hostel for students to stay in and it is in this building that we have our largest local colony of swifts.
So I went home to put on a coat, it was a bit chilly, also my house is on the route to the Paus (Pope)'s college. When I entered my house I saw them ciricling above my head.
When I got to the Pope's college, my friend was already there and it didn't take long before we saw them high up in the air. We were right ...... they were locals returning. Laughing out loud
We watched them and enjoyed the marvel of migration, the anticipation that was part of us as we heard over the last few days of where they were spotted. It kept coming closer.
Suddenly we heard that whooooshhh and we saw one with breakneck speed fly right into a nesthole. It was greeted with a loud squeal from inside, there was already one inside. Laughing out loud Laughing out loud Laughing out loud
They are back! Wonderful!

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I saw my first Swift for this year on 6 April at Tempi Valley (Olympus Mount) ...When I visited Thessaloniki on 10th there were big flocks flying over the city Smiling

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Ahh great Swift,great that U know them. Im just glad to do a small part in projects like this. What can be more simple then reporting what I see. Im surprised more birders dont take part,especially with things possibly changing from various environmental effects.

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Hi BIGFRANK Smiling
These Paul and Georgean are members of the Yahoogroup for Swift,Martins and Swallows. I am too.
Their website with the Chimney Swifts is one of my favorits Smiling
All though they are not in my part of the world it is a very special bird to me.
I am waiting for my first Common Swifts that come back, to breed in our nestboxes/nests in the streets from Amsterdam Eye-wink

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Hi gang,thought some North American Birders mite be interested in this email,from a site Ive posted to before. They track the movements of Chimney Swifts.

Greetings,

The first Chimney Swifts of 2007 have been spotted on the Gulf Coast. Once again
this year we will be plotting the swifts' movements northward over the next few
months. Please let us know when you see the first ones in your area. The results
will be posted on our web site at:

www.chimneyswifts.org

You can help us get the word our by passing this message along to any groups or
organizations who might want to contribute.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Best Regards,

Paul and Georgean Kyle
Driftwood Wildlife Association
1206 West 38th, Suite 1105
Austin, TX 78705

Please visit our web site: www.chimneyswifts.org

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at least first barn swallows are here in northern Greece ...White storks too Laughing out loud

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"Swift" wrote:

And your ears Laughing out loud

Laughing out loud Laughing out loud Laughing out loud Laughing out loud

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great site for migratory birds in Europe...I have just found it there...First swift arrived in Lesvos island ...Now I have to keep my eyes opened Laughing out loud

And your ears Laughing out loud

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http://www.springalive.net/

great site for migratory birds in Europe...I have just found it there...First swift arrived in Lesvos island ...Now I have to keep my eyes open Laughing out loud

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10th March 2 barn swallows Hirundo rustica were seen over Lyon in France.
Fani, I'm quite exited, but I was told not to expect too much from the first year.

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