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    #1

    the call of the swifts

    I understand "the call of the swifts" as "the call of the swifts service (fast deliver service in America)."

    Simply a guess here. What does swifts mean here?

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    I am sitting on the sunny back patio, listening to the call of the swifts and watching my five-year-old son pick and eat blackberries along the garden wall. With a phone in one hand and a cold drink in the other, I glance at my social-media feed and notice a post from a biologist exhorting her followers to carry on with peer review, even if they’re on holiday. I feel a sudden worry that this plea is directed at me personally, as referee requests stack up in my inbox.

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    #2

    Re: the call of the swifts

    Swifts are small birds – related to swallows. [click]

    He's listening to the birds chirping.

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    #3

    Re: the call of the swifts

    Talking of small things, can you see how the font size in post #1 makes it hard to read, especially for people using their phones? Please make sure you post in the standard font size (the size in posts #2 and #3).
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #4

    Re: the call of the swifts

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Swifts are small birds – related to swallows. [click]

    He's listening to the birds chirping.
    Coincidentally, just this morning I heard a little feature on the radio about swifts and swallows. While the two birds look similar, the story said they are not closely related.
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    #5

    Re: the call of the swifts

    GoodTaste, when I see "the call of the ..." I expect the next word to be the name of a bird.
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    #6

    Re: the call of the swifts

    When I see "the call of the ...", I expect the next word to be "wild".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #7

    Re: the call of the swifts

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Coincidentally, just this morning I heard a little feature on the radio about swifts and swallows. While the two birds look similar, the story said they are not closely related.
    Right. Swifts are incredible flying machines. They spend most of their lives on the wing. I absolutely love them.

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    #8

    Re: the call of the swifts

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    When I see "the call of the ...", I expect the next word to be "wild".
    I haven't read that book ("The Call of the Wild") in a long long time.
    Last edited by teechar; 25-Aug-2019 at 13:19. Reason: typo
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    #9

    Re: the call of the swifts

    Maybe he was listening to Taylor.
    Wear short sleeves! Support your right to bare arms!

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    #10

    Re: the call of the swifts

    Quote Originally Posted by teechar View Post
    Right. Swifts are incredible flying machines. They spend most of their lives on the wing. I absolutely love them.
    They are indeed. Not only are they known to spend up to six months continuously on the wing, some of them surmount the Himalayas on their migrations.

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