Patterns of spring arrival dates differ in two hirundines

Sparks, Tim; Tryjanowski, Piotr. 2007 Patterns of spring arrival dates differ in two hirundines. Climate Research, 35 (1-2). 159-164.

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In this paper we examine the first arrival dates in the UK over a 56 year period of two hirundines, sand martin Riparia riparia and barn swallow Hirundo rustica, in relation to temperatures along migration and at destination. Changes in arrival dates have been much greater for sand martin than for barn swallow and the arrival order of the two species now appears to have reversed. There appear to be two reasons for this: a greater response to temperatures in SW Europe and a different response to temperature in recent years leading to earlier arrival at the same temperature than formerly. We argue that this may involve evolutionary change, but conclude that it is difficult to be definite about this without information on individual animals

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI):
Programmes: CEH Programmes pre-2009 publications > Biodiversity > CC01A Detection and Attribution of Change in UK and European Ecosystems > CC01.3 UK Phenology Network
UKCEH and CEH Sections/Science Areas: Pywell
ISSN: 0936-577X
Additional Keywords: Bird migration, phenology, Barn swallow, Hirundo rustica, Sand martin, Riparia riparia, plasticity, adaptation, temperature response
NORA Subject Terms: Zoology
Ecology and Environment
Date made live: 14 Jan 2008 14:53 +0 (UTC)

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