Swallow (Hirundo rustica)
Species
Swallow (Hirundo rustica). Taken at Krasno, Croatia, on June 11th 2017.
Taken at Krasno, Croatia, on June 11th 2017.
(1/1000th sec at f13. Click image for larger version. © David Hastings)

Description

L: 17 - 21 cm

Swallows are small birds with dark glossy blue backs, red throats, pale under parts and long distinctive tail streamers.

Swallows are found throughout the British Isles during the spring and summer months. They spend the winter in southern Africa.

Nests are built on roof beams or other projections inside barns or other buildings, under bridges, culverts etc.

Swallows are extremely agile in flight and spend most of their time on the wing.

Swallow numbers in the UK have fluctuated over the last 30 years. The species is on the Amber list due to population declines across Europe.

Sightings

27-Jun-2018 : Arnside, Cumbria (4)
26-Jun-2018 : Arnside, Cumbria (4)
25-Jun-2018 : Eskdale, Cumbria (2)
24-May-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (5)
20-May-2018 : Pewsey Downs NNR, Wilts (1)
14-May-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
13-May-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (3)
11-May-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
05-May-2018 : Cors y Llyn NNR, Powys (3)
04-May-2018 : Elan Valley, Powys (9)
04-May-2018 : Cors y Llyn NNR, Powys (1)
03-May-2018 : Gwenffrwd-Dinas, Ceredigion (2)
01-May-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (8+)
28-Apr-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2350+)
19-Apr-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
15-Apr-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
10-Apr-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (5+)

24-Sep-2017 : Abingdon (NE), Oxon (1)
22-Sep-2017 : Abingdon (NE), Oxon (1)
20-Sep-2017 : Portland Bill, Dorset (c10)
20-Sep-2017 : Radipole Lake, Dorset (20+)
19-Sep-2017 : Portland Bill, Dorset (200+)
05-Sep-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
02-Sep-2017 : Abingdon (NE), Oxon (1)
31-Aug-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
24-Aug-2017 : Pewsey Downs NNR, Wilts
23-Aug-2017 : Lollingdon Hill, Oxon
20-Aug-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (5)
13-Aug-2017 : West Walton, Norfolk (5)
12-Aug-2017 : West Walton, Norfolk (5)
10-Aug-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (6+)
01-Aug-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
18-Jul-2017 : Greenham Common, Berks
11-Jun-2017 : Velebits National Park, Croatia
07-Jun-2017 : Irinovac, Croatia
05-Jun-2017 : Irinovac, Croatia
14-May-2017 : Rodborough Common, Glos (4)
06-May-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (10+)
01-May-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
29-Apr-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
21-Apr-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
18-Apr-2017 : Standlake Common, Oxon (1)
16-Apr-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
13-Apr-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
04-Apr-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (6)
02-Apr-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)

05-Nov-2016 : Trafico, Spain (1)
18-Sep-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (15+)
11-Sep-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (3)
28-Aug-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (7)
21-Aug-2016 : Pewsey Downs NNR, Wilts (1)
19-Aug-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
06-Aug-2016 : Greenham Common, Berks (4+)
02-Jun-2016 : Lymington-Keyhaven NR, Hants (1)
01-Jun-2016 : Lymington-Keyhaven NR, Hants (2)
13-May-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
06-May-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
04-May-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (4)
30-Apr-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (4+)
27-Apr-2016 : Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon (2)
23-Apr-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
22-Apr-2016 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (24+)
17-Apr-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
17-Apr-2016 : Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon (3)
15-Apr-2016 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (5+)
12-Apr-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (3)
09-Apr-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (9)
05-Apr-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)

19-Sep-2015 : Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon
13-Sep-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (4+)
07-Sep-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (7)
06-Sep-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
02-Aug-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (4)
25-Jul-2015 : Bezbog, Bulgaria
23-Jul-2015 : Melnik, Bulgaria
21-Jul-2015 : Melnik, Bulgaria
27-Jun-2015 : Stanford Dingley, Berks
10-May-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
09-May-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (3)
04-May-2015 : Cholsey Marsh, Oxon (2)
04-May-2015 : Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon (2)
30-Apr-2015 : Arne, Dorset
28-Apr-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
25-Apr-2015 : Ardley Quarry, Oxon (4)
19-Apr-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
18-Apr-2015 : Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon (4)
16-Apr-2015 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (3)
12-Apr-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (3)
07-Apr-2015 : Abingdon (NE), Oxon (1)

23-Sep-2014 : Abingdon (NE), Oxon (1)
14-Sep-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon
13-Sep-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (3)
31-Aug-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (4)
29-Aug-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (3)
23-Jun-2014 : Trigrad, Bulgaria
21-Jun-2014 : Byal gradets, Bulgaria
18-Jun-2014 : nr Mirkovo, Bulgaria
16-Jun-2014 : Whelford Pools, Glos
07-Jun-2014 : Stanford Dingley, Berks
25-May-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon
24-May-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (c20)
11-May-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
08-May-2014 : Strumble Head, Pembrokeshire
07-May-2014 : Mwnt, Ceredigion
07-May-2014 : Poppit Sands, Pembrokeshire
05-May-2014 : Pant, Ceredigion
05-May-2014 : Tregaron Bog, Ceredigion
04-May-2014 : Y Clywd, Ceredigion (2)
04-May-2014 : Mwnt, Ceredigion
04-May-2014 : Teifi Estuary, Ceredigion
02-May-2014 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (40+)
27-Apr-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
26-Apr-2014 : Whelford Pools, Glos (3)
17-Apr-2014 : Whitecross Green Wood, Oxon (3)
14-Apr-2014 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (2)
12-Apr-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
08-Apr-2014 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (3)
03-Apr-2014 : Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon (3)
23-Mar-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)