I watched 4 or 5 dozen swallows today in Lakefield, skimming around low over the water near the mouth of the river, opposite Isabel Morris Park. There was a strong, cold, west wind and it was overcast. I’ve recorded their arrival for 7 years, and this is the earliest. 2004 was April 13. I also record the first blooming of Coltsfoot at the bottom of my road. This year it was March 31. In 2007 it was April 20 !
Observer: Judith Nicholas