Some heat in that sun this-afternoon and it fels like summer is nearly here. Yesterday I noticed a large increase in the number of House Martins around Rishton, congregating around traditional nesting sites in the hope that the 'lucky' home owners will tolerate the not insignificant mess they leave in return for eating all those flying insects around the place. There were also parties of Swifts screaming over Harwood Road near the school - definitely a sound of summer.

The Blackbirds in the garden are very busy fetching food but this brave female decided to have a sun-bathe on the back lawn (fortunately no cats around!). The Starling broods either side of our house are getting very vocal and will soon be fledging a little earlier than normal.


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