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Shelduck and ?swallows

Observed: 10th April 2013 By: km1km1’s reputation in Birdskm1’s reputation in Birdskm1’s reputation in Birdskm1’s reputation in Birds
Shelduck and ?swallows

Shelduck in the bottom corner. Terrible photo of both but I was pleased to see what I think were my first swallows of the year. I have put it under shelduck as I think it is not possible to ID the swallows from photo.

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Almost certainly, your Swallows are Sand Martins. Sand Martins are the earliest migrants to return from Africa, usually, and I think they look to be the correct brown colour, rather than the black of Swallows. Sand martins have been in the country for some time, now, whereas Swallows are only just beginning to dribble in.


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Sand Martins

Thanks for the useful info. Pleased to see my first sand martins of the year then and quite impressed you could identify from the photo!