It seems that every château in Tourraine is home to house martins. It's uplifting to hear their constant churrings and to watch them scalloping in and out beneath eaves and window recesses. This is Château Ussé which was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty.
The air space over Tours quivers with screeching swifts. What a joy to glance them sweeping through in close formations or watch them tight-looping around. Anchors in the sky, how they avoid collision is amazing. To the right is La Place de Plumereau in the old part of Tours.
And let's not forget the swallows swooping over the rivers Cher and Loire calling out that summer's here. Egret, cormorant, mute swans and common tern were also frequently seen. Left is an old-style boat built and moored at Savonniere. Below is the boat building yard.
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