At first this Swallow appeared to be sunbathing on the office roof at Ainsdale a few days ago – in fact it was doing precisely the opposite, as it fluffed up in a bid to cool down, tilting over on the hot felt.
One of the breeding pair which arrived late this year but got down to business fast, they often perch outside my window, and in this instance roll to fluff up and presumably regulate their temperature – funny I never thought of Swallows getting too hot before…
Fledged youngsters already, with another brood on the way, it was a relief to see them back after they last bred in 2018.
YouTube clippage of a “sunbathing” adult here.
….and three cheers for the albatross as it flew back onto the cliffs at Bempton again today!!!