Swallows were rather late to begin breeding here this year. The coming of the Lunesdale Flock at the beginning of May, their grazing and their droppings would attract the insects swallows feed upon. The breeding success of swallows requires a traditional use of farm buildings, barns with access. In summer, swallows and pastoral go together.
One September, on the escarpment, I found mustering swallows with juveniles still food-begging. I wonder if the adults are still helping feed their young as they begin migration.
I can find no whitebeam berries at all. There is a crop of sloes on blackthorn and guelder rose with glossy fruit and leaves showing a hint of autumn colour
Radio 4 Book of the week. Vesper Flights written and presented by Helen McDonald. Today, High Rise. A once-in-a-lifetime experience for her. Migration seen from a New York High Rise at night.