The baby swallows left their nest today. We can watch them from about two metres away by sitting on the edge of the bath with the bathroom window just a little open. They teeter on the edge of the nest, stretching their wings, nudging each other, climbing on top of each other, then, suddenly, they are in the air and flying! I caught all five of them and an adult in this rather dark photo (they are under the eaves). Later in the day there were eight in and near the nest - I think they must form gangs with other young from nearby nests. The adults are more protective than ever today and are diving at us, and at a little squirrel innocently eating nuts in a tree.