Winter is coming. Some of the Swallows have left already….
Some of them. Rosa and her family are still here.
I am not exactly sure when the others went or even if they have all gone. If I stand around outside my front door I get dive bombed by seven Swallows (Rosa’s family) but yesterday when I was filming Chicklet I became aware that there was no activity in places where I knew other Swallows were nesting and when Rosa took her family off there were no other Swallows in the air. Some of them have left.
(I have just been out for a walk to look at other nests and there are still quite a few birds about they just seem to have thinned out a lot)
This could be the difficult time. I knew that Rosa wouldn’t leave without Chicklet. Now the question is how soon before he is ready to go? He only fledged yesterday.
Of course Fledging isn’t just about a single flight. The parents are still feeding him and they keep bringing him back to the nest.
Two Swallows came here from Africa, when Rosa and Fred leave they will be taking five new ones away with them. Swallow numbers don’t double or treble every year, if they did we wouldn’t be able to see the sky by now, their numbers stay pretty static. Some of the seven Swallows that leave here won’t be coming back. I don’t know which ones but it is a very long and hard flight to Africa and many perish on the way from exhaustion and starvation and some are taken by storms.
That is how it has to be or the sky would be blacked out. Nature has a balance.
Chicklet made Rosa very happy and today he is making her happy, that is all that anyone can ask for.
He is beautiful.
He needs a few weeks yet to build up a bit of strength and get used to his wings. That shouldn’t be a problem, it is very early for the Swallows to be leaving and the weather here is getting better.
I am pleased that Rosa and her family will be staying around for a while yet because I will sorely miss them when they are gone. 🙂
Until next year.