April 23rd- swallows and jackdaws

Jonathan Pomroy

Yesterday evening I spent some time watching and sketching the jackdaws on a neighbour’s chimney. Like many birders, lockdown has forced me to really concentrate on wildlife at home. Jackdaws are such charismatic birds and I have vowed to make more studies of the species in the coming weeks.

We went for a walk to the East of the village today, in the hope of finding yellow wagtails. We didn’t find one, but we definitely heard one. The slurry covered field where it was probably feeding was shimmering in the warmth making viewing quite difficult.  But, we did see swallows. There has been an arrival of swallows in the village; one two days ago, two yesterday and six today. A few house martins were swooping back under the eaves too. It was lovely to listen to the swallows twittering on the wires again.

I have unblocked the entrances to the…

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