Interesting details of one set of swallows in England this summer
Swallows arriving late this year Ist May,
Nest building began 9 May, first hatch 22 June, five young, first flight 9 July;
Second family of 3 hatched by 27th August, first flight 2 Sept.
Now the weather is wild, colder, and strong winds, the young sit on the beanpoles or in the porch;how late can they safely leave?
Their many cousins at the barn down the lane and the 5 older siblings have gone, how does a second family fare migrating alone?
Last year the parents left the second family which had just hatched, to die. They flew off; at least the parents survivied. I had to take the nest away, too sad.
Thanks for all the information about the dates.
Very sad about the young swallows that are left. I suppose they have to face nature, whereas we are shielded from nature by Supermarkets and shelter + other things. It’s still sad to think of a young swallows life coming to an end, when if circumstances had been different they had the inbuilt ability to fly to a warm climate.
Robin, thank you for sending all this interestesting, moving and informative information