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.