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I thought he'd been abandoned . . .

On Sunday they was a huge commotion in the air - much zooming, flying and twittering as the dozens of House Martins that nest under our eaves and many other houses around, decided it was time to emigrate.  So that means that autumn has truly arrived.

But today, one nest has one little bird cheeping and crying for attention.  I thought they had all flown to warmer climes - but at least one adult is on feeding duty, coming back again and again, feeding the youngster and, I sincerely hope, getting him/her strong enough for the journey.

Sad that it's the end of summer.  Happy to see nature at its best.  And we'll see them come back again next April, so not that long to wait!


  • wild edgeswild edges The north west of south east WalesPosts: 8,888
    I saw hundreds of swallows fuelling up to leave yesterday. The best bit about seeing them go is knowing you get to see them return again though.
    Tradition is just peer pressure from dead people
  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 21,258
    They were gathering here today.
    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 49,196
    How lovely @Shrinking Violet :)
    The swallows have been a-swoopin' and a-divin' here for a couple of weeks. Not seen any today, so it's possible they've headed off. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

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