Swallows return for 2020

Yesterday, 15 May, three swallows were seen flying over Cherry Orchard Nature Reserve after flying hundreds of miles from Africa. A welcome sight and hopefully there will be more to follow and breed ready to return to their winter feeding grounds later this year.

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

One Reply to “Swallows return for 2020

  1. It is with great pleasure that we add our feeling, our thoughts, on the beautiful area in which we live.
    We live very close to the Diglis Reserve. We are a breath away from the sights and sounds of the wild life that live there.

    We are able to observe so many different species of birds, as we walk our dog. The delight in seeing green and greater spotted woodpeckers, and the flurry of long tailed tits and gold finches can’t be measured.
    Diglis Reserve, and its surrounding area, has the ability to heal and calm the day to day pressures of a life experienced as a race against some imaginary time clock.

    However, it’s healing properties are never more needed than now.
    The COVID 19 Virus has affected all of our lives. I’m sure our community have never needed such an area of natural beauty more.

    Let us never take for granted how important this natural habitat is, for wild life and all who visit the area on a regular basis.

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