Welcome Home…

We’ve been wondering when ‘our’ swallows would reappear after the winter. I’ve seen them swooping overhead when out on the bike, sometimes quite close to home, but there’s been no twittering presence on the wire outside the house – and no rapid darting in and out of the window of the swallow shed. Despite always sending many freshly minted swallows off to Africa in the autumn, such is the mortality rate that there’s no guarantee any of them will return, so this time of year is always tinged with a little anxiety.

So we were pleased when – sitting outside on the bench enjoying a cup of tea and a shared Easter egg with a visitor this afternoon – he suddenly clapped his hand to his head and looked up ruefully at the swallow perched on the wire strategically placed above his seat. The swallow soon shot off to check out the nesting sites within the shed, where we hope it will soon be joined by many others. And our visitor? He’s gone off to get himself a lottery ticket while his luck holds

5 Responses to Welcome Home…

  1. Andy in Germany says:

    Our swallows arrived today as well. don’t know where they’ve been as we’re a lot further south than you, but I guess getting over the Alps isn’t easy.

  2. disgruntled says:

    Apparently they spend some time along rivers refuelling before heading to the nesting sites

  3. CJ says:

    I’m laughing. How lovely that they are back. We’ve seen several over the weekend too, it’s been magical. In fact on the “Sightings” board at the wildfowl and wetlands place today it said Swallows – 50. Hurray.

  4. disgruntled says:

    I have to admit we laughed too…

  5. welshcyclist says:

    I saw my first swallows of the year on 2nd April, flying and swooping over Rheola pond.

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