Swallows and House Martins

Yesterday afternoon I heard the first returning House Martins (at least 2) calling high up in the sky above Greenacres, which reminded me there hadn’t been any postings yet on the first Swallows of the spring here in Westfield.

With apologies to Terry Howard who emailed this on 17th April while I was away for most of the weekend – “Just seen two Swallows flying near the church this evening. Anyone heard a Cuckoo in the village yet?”

My own first Swallow sighting in Westfield was of one singing loudly whilst flying over our back garden on 13th April, the day after seeing my very first one on a farm near Robertsbridge. That one gave me extra pleasure not just because it was the first of spring for me, but because I was to witness more or less the moment it first arrived. None at all had been seen before that day according to the farmer, not even in the morning when I first got to the farm. Then in the afternoon suddenly there he was announcing his return by singing his heart out as he glided all around farmyard – a magic moment!

And yes, has anyone seen or heard a Cuckoo in the village yet?


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