Saturday, 24 July 2010
Swifts and Sunsets
I watched another sunset from the attic window tonight. I also wanted to watch the swifts - I've a thing about swifts (you may have noticed them on my blog banner). They just fascinate me. I love to hear them screaming together as they joyously streak across the sky and when they arrive from Africa around April time I know summer is almost here. Of course its impossible to photograph them successfully as they don't perch and only come to earth to nest and raise their young - they even sleep on the wing. So I was quite pleased to catch them on camera tonight - even though the photos are rather blurry. You can click to see them enlarged.I did see a swift close up once though - a few years ago my cat brought one into the house. It was alive and didn't seem injured but of course was shocked. I knew there must be something wrong anyway for it to be grounded and it was late in the summer when our local swifts had already left on their migration. I emailed the RSPB as I didn't know what I should do to help it and received a reply almost immediately. The Wildlife Advisor thought the bird was probably already on it's migration from further north and had become exhausted. I followed his advice but sadly the poor thing died in the night.