The village swifts arrived a couple of days ago and on Saturday morning I met Anne Edwards who had seen them flying up to traditional nesting sites under her eves. They were not the only nesting birds at Anne’s cottage which also housed a broody woodpigeon some house sparrows and her regular and tame blue tit.
Anne’s great work in terms of providing homes for nature and spending time feeding them is not only a great example to us all. Having spent only a few minutes in her company showed how much pleasure there is to having the birds so close you literally do have them feeding out of the palms of your hand.
Other residents were just as obliging and came in for something healthy to eat including the ever present Robin and a gloriously cheeky starling.
Of course it’s not just great to see the birds coming into feed as Anne also has a nest cam so we can take a peek into the busy and secret world of family life in the bluetit home.