swallows Nothing announces the arrival of autumn like the days of preparation prior to the migration of the swallows to Africa.

We observe them fascinated swooping over fields around our farmhouse in Borgo di Vigoleno®. During these days they make a few short hops close to places where they can roost safetly, this is the time when we see flocks of swallows perched on telephone wires twittering to each other and shifting about restlessly.

Migration is a very hazardous time and many birds die during ther jurney. The young swallows that are born in Italy make the journey to Africa south of the Sahara, in Arabia and in the Indian sub-continent at just two/three months old, with no experience or knowledge of the route, it is estimated that only about 30% of them survive the journey.

They migrate by day at low altitudes and find food on the way and usually they cover 300 km/200 mile a day, mainly during daylight, at speeds of 30 km/20 miles per hour.

We wish the best for a safe journey and we say them “arrivederci” from the bottom of our heart, sure to view most of them back in Borgo di Vigoleno® next spring.