It is now several weeks since I last saw (and heard) swifts overhead. I guess they have started their journey south. For a few months they are an English summer. Then one day you realise they've gone. I miss them and look forward to their return next May.
I had the rare privilege of holding a
swift many years ago when one landed accidentally in the road. We kept
it in a box overnight and fed it insects. The next day it just flew
away. They really are lovely birds.
Farewell and safe journeying over land and sea. See you next year.