Not sure whether its's just me and my lack of observation but this year I notice that there are not so many swallows and swifts about. We are well on into the summer just now and whilst fishing on both rivers Don and Dee I noticed, compared to previous years the distinct lack of these birds hawking for flies on the river. Equally, whilst out stalking and especially last night a rather pleasant if not a muggy evening what I usually see at the farm are lots of swallows flying in and out of the various sheds. Not so this time and the lack of swifts hawking above the trees. I live in Aberdeen and my observations are in the neighbouring countryside and I would be interested to hear if other members of SD have noticed the same.