Swallow - song: Fame, artist: David Bowie, album: Young Americans
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
The swallows are back!
Swallows have been coming to my barn every year since it was built and the first pair came and built their nest. Now, the babies of the babies come back. Last year I counted at least three dozen flying around until they finally settled into their nesting arrangements. I usually have about six working nests in my barn all summer. Earlier this week, I saw a few pairs and yesterday, I counted about a dozen birds. You can just make out some nests in the rafters. They love to use the horsehair for linings in their nests.
I love hearing their chatter as they court and set up housekeeping in the barn rafters. See here for more information on barn swallows.
Here is a visiting mourning dove. The little dark spots behind him are all sparrows feeding on the ground. The white blurs are flying birds.I believe these are common sparrows. My current grass hay has lots of seeds that the birds love to eat.