Aristotle said ‘One swallow does not a summer make’, but when these harbingers of spring and summer promise arrive in the P-O we know for sure that winter is over.
Swallows mate for life and return to the same nesting sites every year. Former fledglings will try to select a site within half a mile of where they were born and raised Many people are torn between the cute factor, their love and our feathered friends and the need to protect them – and the mess and havoc they can cause!
Weighing little more than 20 grams with brains no bigger than a pea, these cute little chaps accomplish the most amazing feats of navigation, flying thousands of miles using the sun, stars and familiar landscapes.
Searching for their dream nest-from-nest in the sun for the birth of their babies, they are very cute, and particularly appealing to animal-loving Anglo Saxons, but do make sure you’re a happy host and willing to wade through bird poo, dried mud and bits of stick if they’ve chosen your porch for their holiday home!