Thursday, 20. June 2013 - 04:06
22. 09. 08. - 18:00
In last two weeks, because of the low temperatures unusual for this time of year and an abundant amount of rain, a large number of swallows in Slavonia (east Croatia) have been left too weak for their autumn migration to Africa, according to ornithologists.
Zeljko Vukovic, the nature protection superintendent at the Ministry of Culture, said that at this time of year swallows feed intensively so they can prepare themselves for the exhausting trip -- but currently they are running out of food because the low temperatures and rain have devastated the insect population which is either died or gone into hiding to escape the cold.
They predict that this year many birds will have to leave much later if they leave it all because they will have two stay in Slavonia until they grow strong enough.
Vukovic added that in the last couple of days people are reporting more and more of the weak, injured or even dead swallows. He also told locals that if they see a swallow in their back yards or gardens to help them, try to make them warmer and find some bugs for them to eat so they could recuperate as soon as possible.
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