First swallows of 2019

The return of the swallows were noted on 13 May. For the last few years the swallows have not been as numerious as in previous years, however let’s hope that this year they will gain in numbers.

One of the theories that are doing the rounds are that there are less insects to keep the swallows in one place for very long, and each year there are fewer and fewer birds.

The swallows, martins and saw-wings, or Hirundinidae, are a family of passerine birds found around the world on all continents, including occasionally in Antarctica. Highly adapted to aerial feeding, they have a distinctive appearance. The term Swallow is used colloquially in Europe as a synonym for the barn swallow

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