Do two swallows make a summer?

On a final casual walk through the fields, Sherborne’s rich birdlife could be heard in the hedgerows and seen on the wires. All these were photographed in one field in around five minutes, thanks to the convenient power lines passing overhead. These are a yellowhammer, a linnet, and a chaffinch.

And a European Goldfinch:

Goldfinch

American readers may be confused by this, since the American Goldfinch, Spinus tristis, is quite different. This one was photographed in Maine.

Male goldfinch

The Sherborne one is the same one immortalized in paint by Fabritius in 1654, Carduelis carduelis: 

Fabritius-vink

I have said goodbye to the swallows in the cloisters:

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They’re busily feeding three chicks, sometimes landing on top of each other in their rush to complete their food deliveries:

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The chicks are still almost naked with a fuzzy halo of incipient feathers:

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And always hungry:

DSC00727No more from England till the autumn… I’m off to Maine on my annual migration.

One thought on “Do two swallows make a summer?”

  1. I like your own annual migration.

    George

    On Mon, Jul 2, 2018 at 11:58 AM, Eyes on the Wild wrote:

    > myip2014 posted: “On a final casual walk through the fields, Sherborne’s > rich birdlife could be heard in the hedgerows and seen on the wires. All > these were photographed in one field in around five minutes, thanks to the > convenient power lines passing overhead. These are a” >

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