Silent Skies


SwallowsIt is strange how when visitors leave you immediately notice the silence. This morning there is silence in the farmyard. Overnight the swallows, that provided a backdrop to our lives with their acrobatic flying, swooping after insects and constant chattering, have left on their long migration to Africa…

The departure lounge has been busy,
preparation to say ‘Goodbye’,
as these plucky little birds,
prepare to take to the sky.
They’ll fly down across Europe,
up to 200 miles in a day,
At night in huge flocks,
in reed beds they will stay.
After about six weeks,
in Namibia they will be,
and locals will likely say,
“The first swallow of summer I see!”

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