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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

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25 March, 2011

Swallow (Hirundo rustica)

All right, I agree, seeing one today at Radipole hardly means it's summer but at least it does constitute a further sign that spring is with us (almost).

What surprised me at first was actually seeing one in a tree! I am sure I have never seen this before. Then, looking at it, a tired, hungry little chap it was obvious he was happy to perch anywhere just to give his wings a rest. Despite a small group of people gathering under the tree for a look he just had had enough and wanted a breather!

Although they said at Radipole that they usually get Swallows in Mid March this is the first time I have ever seen one before April is here.

So, for me at least, this one was very special. I wish him a long and happy summer and a safe journey back south when the time comes.