The arrival of the Swallow is probably more hotly anticipated than any other migrant bird's, so strongly is it associated in our minds with the arrival of spring. Lucky, then, that they are such a common sight across the country - although they do tend to avoid heavily wooded areas, or places that are too build up by humans.
When Swallows leave us, it heralds the beginning of autumn, as they make their way to the exotic climes of Venezuela, South Africa, Trinidad, Thailand, Argentina...
WILD CARD: The Swallow's distinctive forked tail is due to elongated outer feather. These feathers grows throughout its life: the longer the tail, the older the bird!