After heavy rain last Saturday, we've had a cracking week weatherwise - misty cool mornings with a nip in the air followed by warm, clear sunny days. The garden is full of birds (& ducks) all frantically feeding ready for winter. As well as feeding from the bird table, they are taking seeds and small insects from the dying plants - a great excuse not to tidy the garden too early! Of course, the ducks are coming up in great numbers, several times a day in the hope of a feed - they are not always successful - sometimes I ignore them, much to their disgust!!
All summer we've had swallows nesting in the garage - we've had to leave the skylight open so they can get in and out when the doors are closed. I think there is a late batch of chicks as the adults can still be seen regularly flying in and out, as if they are still feeding young. They will have to grow up quickly as they have a long way to fly as they migrate south for the winter. Some are already gathering on the telephone wires, ready for the off.