Signs of Summer

The Swallows are back.
Year after year, they flock to familiar places, and every year we watch in awe as they dip and dive along the drainage ditches, hedges or line the telephone wires in their vast numbers.

swallowsCurrently we are only seeing the odd one or two, but in the coming weeks they will be everywhere, including on the cables running into our house.

swallows 3Last year, we were saddened to see two young birds lying dead on the roadside up the lane. Whether they had been hit by a car or were simply not strong enough to fly we’ll never know, but the thought of these beautiful creatures being squashed to pulp by passing vehicles made me pick them up and lay them gently in the hedgerow. I’m funny like that.

swallows 4
One of our first Summers here, one flew through the patio doors into our lounge, did a complete swoop of the room, and flew out again. The following year, another flew inside but got trapped behind the curtain, though I managed to guide it back outside before it hurt itself.
swallows 5On another of our local walks, the hedgerows are teeming with them. Last year I stood and watched in wonder as they swooped around me.

swallows 2It’s a sign of Summer.
It’s another of Nature’s miracles as these tiny birds cover great distances, and yet return to the same places every year with no GPS gadgetry or satellites to guide them.
I think it’s wonderful.

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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3 Responses to Signs of Summer

  1. Crooked Tracks says:

    I like the way the birds sit on the wires.

    • Although that picture is one I found on Google, we have seen birds in such numbers sitting on wire fencing or telephone wires locally in past years. I’m just hoping I’ll have a few sitting on the cable outside the front of our house!

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