"The Bathley Swallow" would be a great name for a pub, I reckon. Unfotunately the pub at Bathley is called "The Crown" and that's where I came across this young swallow steeling itself for making its first migration South.
If were it, I'd have been having a quick tot of rum at the pub, but this bird had more important things to do, like feeding itself up on insects like all its hirundine friends in the village were. It was obviously just having a rest.
I took these pictures a few days ago, I wonder where it is now?
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