Last night 100+ Swallows gathered at the horse paddocks. Tonight one or two. Are they off to wintering grounds already. Recent research suggests that the Swifts I saw last week are now fattening up in Senegal before heading off to The Democratic Republic of Congo for their Autumn feast. Check out this link for their remarkable journey http://www.bto.org/sites/default/files/u49/BTO_299_16-17Swifts.pdf
It would be quite a duanting challenge for these youngsters if they knew what lay ahead. Even further down to the tip of Africa.