Working back at Calverton today, I noticed that one of the Swallow broods had just fledged. They were flying around, but still returning to the barn to rest and be fed by the parents.
Half way through the morning I noticed one of the four youngsters sitting on the ground, seemingly unable to fly. I ignored it for a while as the parents carried on feeding it.
Eventually my curiosity got the better of me and I picked it up. It was a feisty little devil and believe it or not tried to peck me. I discovered that it had got caught in some spider webbing and this had tangled it's wing feathers in with it's tail feathers and other than that there was nothing wrong with it. On removing this, I released it and immediately it flew away.
Later I saw all 4 birds flying around with their parents, and these photos are of all the youngsters back in the barn later.