12-05-06 Swallows and Amazons
The Carradale weather continues to be warm and sunny, despite the doom-saying of the BBC weather reporters. The forecast is for a change this weekend but then they said that last weekend too. We'll just have to wait and see.

[House Martin]If the weather weren't enough to tell us that Summer is just around the corner, then the return of migrating birds should confirm it.

It's not always easy to distinguish House Martins from their close relatives, the Swallows. Both species spend their Winters in Africa but the House Martin has a shorter tail and lacks the orangey-red 'bib' of the Swallow.

They're very acrobatic flyers and as the year draws on we'll see more and more of them in the skies above Carradale as they hunt flying insects.

I'll try and get a better picture when I can find one sitting still for long enough!

I mentioned Anthony Watkins's book "The Sea My Hunting Ground" a few entries back. I noticed today that there is another copy of this currently being auctioned on Ebay.

The URL is http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=4638940980 in case anyone is interested in getting their own copy. Bidding was at just $0.99 last time I checked.
[The Sea My Hunting Ground]

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