This is a video of common swifts nesting in Tel Aviv, Israel.
Europe’s first Barn Swallows Hirundo rustica – the messengers of spring – have been spotted in the south of Spain, Portugal and Cyprus, announcing the beginning of BirdLife’s Spring Alive program and heralding the arrival of the warmer weather to the northern hemisphere.
They entered their observations on the www.springalive.net website, where people from around the continent are to share their very first spring bird sightings.
BirdLife’s Spring Alive project, now in its second year, is aimed at getting children, teachers, parents and all interested birdwatchers to keep an eye out in their neighbourhood for the arrival of four indicator bird species: Common Cuckoo Cuculus canorus, Barn Swallow, White Stork Ciconia ciconia and Common Swift Apus apus – and put them online so the rest of Europe can watch the arrival of spring.
Migratory birds in Groningen in The Netherlands: here.
Anti bird trapping campaign in Cyprus: here.
Shockingly, a report by BirdLife Cyprus reveals a large proportion of these birds are trapped at Dhekelia – a UK Sovereign Base Area in the south-east of the island: here.
Migratory birds in the Americas: here.