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It’s been two days now since I last heard them, so I have to assume they’ve gone, the Swifts that nest in several local buildings and streak as fast as speeding bullets along the local streets, screaming all the while.

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Records show that Swifts usually depart Britain in late July, though I’ve read a report on line this morning that says they’ve stayed a little longer this year, perhaps because they appear to have arrived a little later in the spring. I also watched a short video on Twitter of thousands of Swifts streaming through mist and cloud as they crossed the Swiss Alps – what a sight! And this year they have also to cope with the incredible heat that’s currently bubbling up out of north Africa. Go safely, you beauties!