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Swiftwatch™

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  • Started 5 years ago by I were right about that saddle
  • Latest reply from acsimpson

  1. minus six
    Member

    swift thread drift

    Posted 3 years ago #
  2. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    I queried swift lore with an Authority and in the end it came down to a single account by a French fighter pilot from WWI.

    Can you believe it?

    Posted 3 years ago #
  3. PS
    Member

    Just bumping this thread into view because it’s coming up to eyes to the skies time.

    Posted 3 years ago #
  4. LaidBack
    Member

    Spotted a few last Wednesday by Tyne near Belhaven Bay close to Tyninghame (Mrs LB and I did river walk last week Dunbar to Haddington - train out/bus back. First venture out of city this year.)

    Posted 3 years ago #
  5. gembo
    Member

    Swallow on Dreva today. No swifts yet

    Posted 3 years ago #
  6. jonty
    Member

    Heard them today from inside and rushed out to see them swooping overhead but was dissuaded from any fancy notions about summer by a sudden rainstorm.

    Posted 3 years ago #
  7. amir
    Member

    Seen in Betwys-y-Coed yesterday

    Posted 3 years ago #
  8. gembo
    Member

    @ Amir, you got me there.

    Posted 3 years ago #
  9. gembo
    Member

    Maybe a Swift, the scimitar was there, above Harlaw farm when I was out this morning making my bike even dirtier.

    Moved so quickly behind the barn so not official

    Posted 3 years ago #
  10. PS
    Member

    Definite swifts over the New Town yesterday evening. Also, on the socials, photos from Mr W Cow, ex of this parish, of a couple of swifts over Duddingston.

    A few days later than last year but, given the weather over the last week or so, I can't say I blame them. Dodging hailstorms can't be fun, and who knows what that sort of stuff does to their food sources.

    Posted 3 years ago #
  11. gembo
    Member

    @ps I follow him on Facebook but all seagulls, fancy cocktails and mini coopers on there

    Posted 3 years ago #
  12. PS
    Member

    @gembo He mustn't have been happy with the quality of the pic as it was very heavily cropped and only made it onto Twitter.

    Posted 3 years ago #
  13. gembo
    Member

    @ps, yes he is a most excellent photographer so won’t go with shoddy goods on faceboook

    Posted 3 years ago #
  14. gembo
    Member

    Swifts also making it to aberdeeen I hear from the shadows

    Posted 3 years ago #
  15. Rosie
    Member

    RSPB Edinburgh Swift Cities Self-led Cycle Path For Swift Awareness Week 2021.
    https://edinburghswiftlocalgroup.wordpress.com/2021/06/04/rspb-edinburgh-swift-cities-self-led-cycle-path-for-swift-awareness-week-2021/

    Posted 3 years ago #
  16. chdot
    Admin

  17. gembo
    Member

    Swifts bring artist coffee? Clever birds.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  18. PS
    Member

    Three swifts over the New Town this morning. :-)

    Posted 1 year ago #
  19. PS
    Member

    Eyes up! They're back.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  20. SRD
    Moderator

    also Polwarth (according to resident birdwatcher)

    Posted 2 months ago #
  21. Frenchy
    Member

    Some over Gilmerton the now. Heard them first, they must have flown pretty low through the garden for that to happen. Went out, looked up and aye, four of them.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  22. Kim
    Member

    Good to know the swifts are back, I have yet to see or heard them, although there are always some in the Newington area in summer. I look forward to seeing them scything through the sky and hearing their screams :-)

    Posted 2 months ago #
  23. Frenchy
    Member

    Counted ten in the sky over Gilmerton this evening.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  24. jdanielp
    Member

    I heard and then spotted swifts in the sky above the canal near Boroughmuir High School earlier this week.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  25. jdanielp
    Member

    I could hear a Swift when I was out for a walk yesterday evening.

    Posted 1 month ago #
  26. LaidBack
    Member

    :-) was thinking this thread should be live!

    Hundreds of Swifties gave up on the tram and migrated on foot from Haymarket to Murrayfield. Quite an achievement in high heels. Went through Haymarket last night and once away from station they stayed off the new cycleway. All good natured. An egalitarian event for all those with money to buy tickets ranging from hundreds to thousands of pounds. Many did actually migrate further via airport too.
    Very confusing event with everyone surfing on it. Harts Cyclery even have a poster up. Bikes appeared on stage apparently as fashion accessory.

    Posted 1 month ago #
  27. chdot
    Admin

    “Harts Cyclery even have a poster up. Bikes appeared on stage apparently as fashion accessory.”

    2 facts related??

    Posted 1 month ago #
  28. gembo
    Member

    Mr Hart is a solid Swiftie. This is 100 per cent factually accurate. I am not joking.

    Posted 1 month ago #
  29. Stickman
    Member

    I think “solid” is an understatement.

    Saw some Swifties taking selfies in front of the Hart’s poster the other day.

    Posted 1 month ago #
  30. SF
    Member

    Saw / heard a screeching party in the sky over Rodney Street last week. The actual ones, not the sparkly gig-goers...

    Posted 1 month ago #

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