Bless­ing of birds’ re­turn

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - - Letters -

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,

Berk­shire, UK

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