The swallows have definitely left now, the odd straggler around, possibly the late brood feeding up before leaving. Heard a Little owl during the night, the first I’ve heard this autumn. Various warblers on the move as well: willow warblers, chiffchaffs, and blackcaps.
Am making the most of watching and listening to our swallows before they depart for South Africa. I shall miss having them around.
Walked the dog this morning, just getting light. Grey skies and a cool NE wind. Overhead, the calls of migrant Redwings. Just a handful, the first I’ve seen this autumn.
After being silent for most of the summer, our local Tawny owls have started calling again – a sign of autumn’s incipience. Heard them last night and early this morning, a welcome part of our soundscape.