One swallow doesn’t make a summer

Young swallow by its nest

It’s been a poor summer so far but, for one little bird, successful enough so far. This, as far as we know, is the only surviving nestling from a brood hatched in the ceiling of the rundown cottage next door.

Swallows return here every year, but this is, of course, the first time I’ve seen them!

We’re always worried that one of our cats hunts the birds around our garden. Well, only Snowdrop would be capable and she always managed to wriggle out of collars with bells.

Hopefully, this little bird will manage to escape the attentions of any local cats and will grow up to sit on telephone wires waiting to fly back to Africa in September.

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