16 April 2015 Bulgaria: Spring has arrived at last, although the last winter was not too severe. Some snow, ice and very cold days but it was not too bad, kids just love to toboggan down the slopes in the park, endless fun.
Around our area we have a lot of trees and parks, it seems just in the last few weeks there are new buds, spring flowers and butterflies appearing. And yesterday I heard and saw our swallow friends arrived back at last, it makes one feel springtime is official. Pity I cannot send you the fragrance from the flower and blossoms, it is indeed lovely. Best regards Patrick
Barn Swallows in Bulgaria | 14 August 2014 Bulgaria: We only managed a few days in the village, and the day after we left the swallow’s chicks also left? My wife’s parents were little sad and felt deserted?
Anyhow back in Sofia city we on the 11th floor and I constantly hear the little creature flying around the blocks, with their hi pitched sounds, they are such a vision of freedom and cheerfulness? Days are starting to get shorter, although it is very hot here now, inevitably like the long sunny warm days our friendly swallows will leave. Anyhow even until late in the evenings they entertain with their playful freedom loving antics.
I will try to get some more pics, a friend is into photography and hopefully he will agree to help?
27 July 2014 Bulgaria: Greetings from Sofia. Just to send few pics and let you know what is happening here. Summer solstice has already passed, and swallows are all over the city area.
Especially in the mornings and evening they seem to swarm and fly around the tops of the buildings in large groups chirping and seem to be having fun?
It is not so easy for me to see them as they quite high up, but we went to the farm few weeks ago, and the swallows that normally nest there are back as usual, but this time they manage to get indoors? The wife’s parents don’t really approve, and the swallows have to make their nests under the eves, but this year the sneaked in. I don’t know all details or what type they are but i love them anyhow.
The last winter was very mild, only few days of snow, many people say that spring is really here after you notice the swallows.
At the village the swallow parents were a little stressed at the new people; wife, Nina (3 year old) and me, but they soon got used to us and were flying past our heads to get to feed the chicks.
Only had a cell phone camera, so pics not to professional, Nina and i sat for long periods watching the swallow parents flying in and out, also we watched swarms flying over the tops of the houses, they just seem so sweet and happy.
Nina just loves to watch them. It is very pretty area near veliko turnovo, summer is super, just wild flowers, bees, plumbs, and the air is so sweet.
Best regards Patrick Barclay | Barn Swallows in Bulgaria
7 November 2011 Barn Swallows in Bulgaria By Patrick Barclay