An Autumn clutch of swallow chicks just after leaving the nest.
This was the chicks last feed before their maiden flight.
The latest in the year that I have seen swallows hatch out young birds was in mid October but I don`t know if they were successful in rearing them up to the required strenght for migration. I`ve know doubt that the above chicks will have a good chance of reaching their winter feed grounds in Africa what with all the insect life here along the Munster Blackwater valley. If anyone else reading this blog has seen birds nesting unusually late this year it would be nice to hear from you.