Signs of autumn appear and last week the swallows (Hirundo albigularis) were gathering, swooping and wheeling in large flocks, getting ready for their long flight back to the northern hemisphere.
We wish them a safe journey.
“Second star to the right and straight on ’til morning.” Peter Pan (JM Barrie).
31 thoughts on “Swallows”
Gorgeous photo, excellent quote!
Thanks Mary. I enjoy this connection of hemisperes and how nature dove tails🙂
Their coming is eagerly awaited!
I can detect a palpable sense of excitement, Eliza after a prolonged winter!
We have red-winged blackbirds here now and my husband said he saw lots of robins the other day. Hope they keep warm this weekend!! Love the shot.
Spring is on the wing then! Hopefully the weather behaves as the birds arrive. Robins and red-winged blackbirds must be a heartening sign after your long winter.
How can they stand on a straw? I am looking forward to welcomming migrating birds for summer soon, but I have never seen these, sweet swallows before. Nice picture!
A lot of movement here – the reeds bend under the weight of the bitds as they land. Could have titled it the Swaying Swallows 🙂. These are the White throated species; the European/barn swallows also visit us in the summer. Their numbers are reducing -sadly we’re not seeing the huge flocks i saw as a child.
What a photogenic group!
Sitting there quietly on the edge of a river bank, it was quite a photo shoot! Like characters on cue coming on stage, the birds alighted delivering a tweet or two then off again.
I’ll let you know when they have arrived 🙂
😊 Thanks Jude and bet you’re looking forward to a blooming spring?
I can’t wait for then to arrive 🙂
Lovely photo and I join you in wishing the swallows a safe journey.
love this photo!
Wonderful post Liz, love everything about it!
Thanks Tina. How the seasons track through the calendar! Looking forward to seeing your posts move through spring 🙂
Pertched and swaying – just wonderful shot! Now we are waiting up here in Sweden…
Awesome that we can share common bird species, international travellers 🙂
Awesome indeed – a great part of life it is!
Everything about your gorgeous picture is heartwarming. Love the quote ❤
Thank you Madame Zenista. Those mighty little birds certainly pack in the airmiles 🙂
I always feel a little sad when the swallows leave – they face such hazards on their journey north – and am thrilled when they return. What a lovely ‘farewell’ picture of them!
Yes especially anxious as with so many other species their numbers are declining. Signs of autumn are well and truly setting in now. March lilies, April fool haemanthus, Parasol lilies are putting on a gorgeous show here.
Wonderful little birds and so clear in this very good photo.
Thanks Anne. It was lovely to watch their activity, swooping in all a-chatter. Like a family getting ready for a journey prepacking.