Thursday 5th May 2011 was polling day, it was a balmy evening with a lovely sunset as a backdrop to stroll down to the local polling station and exercise one’s democratic right. But what made the evening special for me, was the sight and sound of swifts back in our road in Gravesend.
For the next 3 months, we will be treated to frequent evening of screaming, low-flying swifts. Then, once their new families have taken to the skies, they will depart back to Africa, seemingly before most of us start our summer holidays.
The following chart shows the arrival dates recorded over the past 12 years:
Have swifts arrived back in your area? If so, let us know by posting a comment below.