20th November 2015

Swallow migration– it seems a long time since our UK Swallows were feeding up, preening and gathering, in preparation for their long flight south. They travel through western France, Portugal, and eastern Spain, to Morocco. Some then fly down the Nile Valley, while others choose the west coast of Africa, avoiding the Sahara. Feeding as they go, they are at risk of starving before they reach their destination of South Africa. They fly around 200 miles a day at about 20 miles an hour. When there, they feed in small flocks and roost in thousands. Mum and I, stuck in the nursing home in these cooler conditions, are longing for their return! Conditions: some wet and cold days. Temperature: Max 8- Min 2IMG_7351IMG_7363

Gathering in autumn

Gathering in autumn

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