Tuesday, 20 April 2021

An Unlucky Red-rumped Swallow

 An unwise move by this Red-rumped Swallow, having flown miles to end up in a chilly Britain and obviously not the weather it was expecting. Seen on an overhead wire down a lane in Westbere where the cold and fatigue seemed to have got the better of it and whilst watching, the bird dropped from the wire into the garden below. It was taken into care and spent the night under a heat lamp but sadly I learned the bird perished the following day. Although good periods of sunshine, this bird was probably a casualty of the North Easterly winds of late.

The Red-rumped Swallow unceremoniously hanging from the overhead wire just before it dropped to the ground

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