One of the first signs of Spring beginning to turn towards Summer is the return of migratory birds from North Africa. Usually, swallows, sand martins and house martins arrive back in Cheshire in April and May, although there have been years when these tough little birds have turned up in the middle of March to a nice snowy reception and very little to feed upon.
In recent weeks, we have had some strong southerly winds and everyone will have seen the amount of Saharan dust gathering on cars etc. This means that the migrating birds will have been assisted by these winds in their low level flight over the Mediterranean, the Pyrenees and up through France.
And here they are. Today, we saw the first swallow of 2014 skimming the sand pit lake in search of a nice meal of flies. Later on, we noticed a house martin zooming over the rooftops.
Those other fighter planes of the bird world, the swifts, usually arrive around the last week in April and throughout May, so please keep an eye out on the skies and let us know when you see the first one.
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