Sadly, we havn't seen him for the past week or so....
We think he was born this Summer, one of the brood of the pair of Red Rump Swallows who regularly nest in the potting shed in the Cortijo Azahar Garden, as he arrived very early suddenly one morning a few weeks ago up on our top terrace.
Not having heard or if heard, then not having taken notice of the sounds that these birds make, I initially thought it was one of the green parrots that we see now and again up in the fig tree.
The noise continued and later I saw him perched on a hanging flower pot talking to his reflection in the mirror.
He spent the whole day perched on that flower pot chattering away only flying off for the briefest of times and was back soon after dawn the following morning which caused me to say to 'himself' the bird would surely fade away if he didn't eat properly.
It was love at first sight and back he came, day after day.
After a while though, it seemed that the lack of response was beginning to dishearten him and his visits didn't last as long as they had been and then he began missing a day but still he came until his last visit a few days ago.......
We do hope that he makes it back safely from wherever he has flown and next summer finds a more responsive mate for himself......
Yesterday Evening just after 8 pm September 14th, there he was, perched on the hanging pot and singing away to himself again. He stayed for at least 5 minutes before flying off to... who knows where.
We havn't seen any adults flying around for a while now.