For the past twenty years or more that my parents have owned their cottage, swallows have nested there. Some years there have been as many as five or six pairs nesting and other times one pair may have built a nest but not successfully reared young.
The last few years have been a bit lean on the chick production front, perhaps the weather or predators such as magpies and sparrow hawks. This year is no different with just one pair building a nest.
You can imagine my delight this morning when I discovered that the pair have hatched at least five chicks!
Incidentally, our wrens love the old swallow nests and the cock wren converts several to be inspected by his erstwhile mate.
My Mother calls these small white flowers "Pig Nuts" I am certain that she told me the roots are edible.