Springwatch swallows

Last year we had a lot of close encounters Swallows (Hirundo rustica), it was amazing. I even promised some video footage that I had managed to take of a nest in the porch of the summer house.

It looks like at least one couple have claimed one of the porch nests again this year, so I’ll be taking more footage. In the meantime, take a look at this shot last year (and about time too I hear you say … ).

Our very own Springwatch – Swallows

Swallow in flight

Swallow in flight

Swallow in flight (blurred)

Difficult to photograph! Click image to see blurred Swallow

The Swallows (Hirundo rustica) came back in early April, we have at least three pairs nesting in the farm buildings. They are a mesmerising site as they swoop around catching flying insects over the fields. They are about everyday including the rainy ones (although they tend not to do much flying on those days).

Swallow in rain

Not much flying in the rain (photo by Craig)

Swallow being rescued

Just as the Swallow is released

Craig had a particularly close encounter with one in the beginning of May when it couldn’t find it’s way out of one of the outbuildings. Perhaps it had stunned itself flying into a window, or perhaps it was Craig’s cool demeanor, but it was very calm as Craig picked it up and released it back into the air.

Our latest encounter with the swallows is in the summer house. We have a pair of nesting birds in the eaves of the porch. They (or one of them) is sitting regularly in the nest, we think they have eggs. We can watch this space from the inside through the window, so will not disturbed the family. It’s our very own Springwatch! I wonder what we’ll catch on camera.

Watch this space! Video footage shot, just need to find the right wires to connect it up to the computer … This may take longer than hoped …