My Word Of The Week just had to be swallows as anyone who follows my blog may have read about my excitement and joy at having our swallows return for another summer.
Although I refer to them as ours, the reality is that these wonderful little birds are indeed very free to choose exactly where they feel safe building their nests and rearing their young.
I feel very privileged that every year for the past twelve years they have never failed to come back…And some years we have two swallow families setting up nests. The noise levels when all the swallows start chattering is unbelievable.
I Love That Fact…
That every morning I can go outside and say ”goodmorning” to the swallows who are either chattering away as they go about their business. The parents are quite tame and at times will let me get close enough to see the shine in their beady black eyes and the deep red colour of their breasts.
The Swallows Arriving Back…
Is also a sure sign that spring is here.
The first day I saw them turned out to be a glorious day, the sky was a beautiful blue colour and all around we could hear the birds chirping…Okay, we’ve not seen the sun since then, but the chattering of the swallows is a constant reminder that it won’t be long before we are begging for a cloud or two and a little rain!
The trees are starting to blossom (a total nightmare for those who suffer with hayfever), people are arriving back on the island in preparation for the summer and it won’t be long until the first tourists start arriving.
I have noticed that the swallows have started to rebuild a nest on the other side of the balcony, which means that we won’t be able to watch the young whilst sat on the balcony.
I am hoping that they change their minds, in the past they have rebuilt nests and then for whatever reason changed their minds and rebuilt a nest elsewhere. I am guessing that the nests they reject just aren’t structurally sound as I can see no other reason for them to spend time rebuilding a nest only to reject it and rebuild another one.
So that’s my #WotW. What’s yours?
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