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This morning I heard for the first time this year the well know sound of ‘swallows’ ‘house martins’ & swifts up on high screeching as they fly & swoop, duck & dive, to catch their prey.
Such a beautiful melodious sound….music to my ears..at last for me ‘my’ summer has arrived.

Does anyone remember Pat Boone, singing, ‘When the swallows come back to Capistrano’ ?


Potentilla, fireball.

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Quite a few here now as well GM, spent 10 mins watching them just the other day marvelling at their aerobatics. :0)

21 Jun, 2012

 

Such a perfect sight Pim, I love them. They work tirelessly.(spelling?)

21 Jun, 2012

 

I love that sound GM. Is the weather good where you are?

21 Jun, 2012

 

Aren't they a wonderful sight? We watched swallows and swifts diving across the pool from our balcony in the Picos last month . . . so cheering. :))

21 Jun, 2012

 

Hi Annella, its overcast today and it keeps raining, but it is warm, maybe that is why the birds are on the wing.
Sheila...somehow I could sit and watch them for always!

21 Jun, 2012

 

Always believe Summer is really here when those sounds are around!

21 Jun, 2012

 

Absolutely MeadowL.

21 Jun, 2012

 

I also love the different sounds that birds make and they are so evocative of summer...my top three, for now, are the blackbird, the skylark (that's 'my' summer arrival sound GG) and the OysterCatcher (just love to hear them squealing around here, it reminds me that I live on the coast!).

21 Jun, 2012

 

Overcast and raining I`m afraid so none here as yet, hoping they arrive soon though, I also enjoy seeing and hearing them, my garden visitors are huddled up in the hedgerows...

21 Jun, 2012

 

For me, screeching swifts on the warm early evening air, church bells in the piazza, the sound of passing "motorini" and the clink of glasses from the nearby bar embody summer in my lovely adopted country. We are lucky enough to have had swifts and swallows here for about a month now.

21 Jun, 2012

 

ooooh Karen, the Skylark makes a wonderful sound, dont know the sound of an oystercatcher but I can imagine, Lincs. same weather here but it is barmy and warm today..maybe you will hear them soon, and Gatt. i do so love the sound of church bells, it stirs the emotions!Thanks all.

21 Jun, 2012

 

We don't seem to get any of those round here,Gmage..but love to hear the Blackbirds singing,and collared Doves cooing..wonderful time of year...and love your pic :o)

21 Jun, 2012

 

Thank you B. thats my lovely Potentilla, fireball, looking lovely at mo. Life would be dull without the birdies tweeting wouldnt it?

21 Jun, 2012

 

One of myfavourites is the Lapwing such a haunting sound brings back memories of wonderful walks on the moors with Polly;0)

21 Jun, 2012

 

It is really pretty,G.mage...and yes it would be very dull...and 'tweeting'as we know it..not the chatty kind ! Lol.

21 Jun, 2012

 

I remember Pat Boone but not the song, Grandmage. Love your potentilla, very aptly named, a real beauty :)
I'm still waiting to hear the nightingales in our woods, seems very quiet up there at the moment.

21 Jun, 2012

 

Pp. how lovely to be able to hear Lapwings, I have once while we were in Scotland on holiday, its a different sound isnt it?
Lol B. do you tweet on twitter ?
Gee, Pat Boone goes back a long way doesnt he? I remember this song being sung when we were in Italy in the 50's!! Now a nightingale is a bird I've not heard, what a treat.

21 Jun, 2012

 

Love the bird song.
Ive had a few sleepless nights recently & when it gets to about 3.30am I hear the birds & think I might as well get up now, the birds are wide awake :-)
Does anyone know what bird it is I hear early evening sounding like a cat meowing?

21 Jun, 2012

 

Like a cat Willi? Thats a new one on me. Lol Maybe you should venture out and take a look around! I would love to know the answer.

21 Jun, 2012

 

We have nightingales singing at the moment - they only do it in June, so not many nights left. We suggest that visiting friends try to make it out here round about this time of year, and then we go strolling in the dark down the road we affectionately call "The nightingale lane". There must be about a dozen or so, proclaiming their territory. It is the most wonderful sound you can imagine, and never fails to draw a tear or two. We shall have to make the most of it though, as they are dying out.
Willi, I think you may have an owl in the neighbourhood.

21 Jun, 2012

 

How lovely Gatt. I can imagine I would be emotional too.
Do you think it is an Owl?? but Cat like?

21 Jun, 2012

 

I'm not sure, but I think little owls have a cry not unlike a cat in pain........ But then again, it COULD be a cat in pain.

21 Jun, 2012

 

Lancashire has some of the largest lapwing colonies GM.
I haveLots of them on them just 50 yards away on the park here in late autumn..in fact I think of them as bringing the winter.

21 Jun, 2012

 

I love to see the swallows and swifts. They remind me of when I was little, and my dad used to take me to bed, and we would watch them through the bedroom window swooping down in the garden. I couldn't understand why I had to go to bed in the "day" lol ...
There were lots around yesterday up on the hills :o)

21 Jun, 2012

 

Its def not a cat, that is unless its stuck up a tree, in pain, every evening, Lol.
Lots of big trees round here so could be owls. I only ever hear it in the evening.

21 Jun, 2012

 

No,G.mage I don't tweet on Twitter ! Lol...This takes up all my spare time....as you well know ! :o))

21 Jun, 2012

 

Lovely birds, song, clicks and areobatics!
We have about 20 nest site here at the stud, I keep meaning to sit in a barn with a camera! Also Larks singing away in the paddocks, we are so lucky
A couple of nights ago on telly, was a programme on birds in london, swallows and birds of prey too...

22 Jun, 2012

 

Was that the "Natural World" prog Lulu, with all the hidden wildlife of London? That was wonderful, with foxes being trained to 'Sit' for sausages, Billingsgate men feeding a seal, and Timothy Spall's relaxed commentary. A treat.

22 Jun, 2012

 

Buzzards sound like cats Willi.

22 Jun, 2012

 

Thanks all, just come in and found your lovely comments. A world without bird song doesnt bare
thinking about does it ? Pity I missed that prog.

22 Jun, 2012

 

I wish this site had surround sound - I have some lovely recordings of various birds (not all of which I recognise) I saw the last half of that programme - wasn't it wonderful?

22 Jun, 2012

 

Gatt, I put on classic fm. on the internet and have gentle music while I type!! Did you see Sticki's blog about the Isle of Harris, she has a link to click to play music, clever!

22 Jun, 2012

 

What a good idea, Grandma.

If you can follow this link, there are numerous birds singing, and someone telling you what they are! Still haven't learnt many tho' . . .

http://shortbooks.co.uk/book/birdwatching-with-your-eyes-closed

22 Jun, 2012

 

Thanks Sheila will try and learn some with my eyes closed!! Lol

22 Jun, 2012

 

Oh yes! That fox.....SIT! and it did!

22 Jun, 2012

 

My dog won't sit when I say anymore..He got to an age where he would just turn his head and look at me as if to say "I don't think so." Now he doesn't even bother turning his head.. :)

22 Jun, 2012

 

Sluggy has never 'sat'! Her Mum and Auntie might (just) sit for a treat!

22 Jun, 2012

 

Lol Pim & Lou.......I blame the parents!!!

22 Jun, 2012

 

My great, great, great, great grandmother told me about that Pat Boone song ;o)

22 Jun, 2012

 

LOL TT. LOL.

22 Jun, 2012

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