Sunday, August 31, 2008

Godspeed My Little Friends

The chimney swifts are gone. Every year, they arrive from the south on about May 1st and they leave about September 1st. They spend the summer patrolling the sky over our house, mostly to the west, swooping and zooming, usually in formations of two or three. I love to sit on the deck and watch their joyful flight.

This year, I remembered to start watching the sky in late August, trying to mark their final day. On August 28th I saw a lone swift fly over and I haven't seen one since.

I wish them a safe journey and look forward to their return next spring. I'll watch their northbound progress on

It's with a little sadness that I see them go. It's just one more reminder that the summer is slipping away.

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