Annual Residents - Swallows
The swallows nesting in the pend (passageway to the putting green) are still around. This is quite astonishing given that MoP swallows normally head off for southern parts by mid-September at the latest. They are raising their 4th brood of the summer and are busy feeding babies which have not yet fledged. The adult birds surprise anyone walking past as they swoop into or away from their nest!
According to an RSPB web site , swallows arrive in Scotland from South Africa in April or May (the MoP swallows usually arrive at the end of April) and leave again in September or October. In previous years, the MoP swallows have gone south by mid-September. Not sure what has delayed them this year. Is their late departure a fluke or down to some climatic change?