Blessing of birds’ return
Sir — It’s great to hear from Joe Kennedy that our friends are arriving home (Country Matters, Sunday Independent, April 7).
All the way from South Africa, the swallows have reappeared in the sunshine of West Cork mornings.
No better place as John B Keane would say. While on holiday in Ireland, I hear they have been sighted in the Sligo/ Mayo area. Numbers will build throughout April.
Swallows have arrived early, due to a mild spell early in the year. Every year in Easkey, Co Sligo, they come to build their nests in outhouses and high old cowsheds.
They have come back to the same nests for over 20 years. People around here consider it a blessing to have wild birds visit every year — like spring flowers and new life with fresh hope reminding us that summer is just down the road. Bernard Rafter,