Outdoor Hour Challenge this month features
This past week we looked at the swallows flying over our farm dam. They flitted down, quickly skimming over the surface of the water and scooping up tiny insects, and then flying up to join the flock.
I tried to watch just one swallow. He must have made at least 5 catches before I lost him in the flock. They fly in seeming random circles, up, around and then down to the water. Such simple freedom!
I suggested that Miss.L and I find the swallow’s nests. But we were disappointed.
We could see the grass and feather lining inside this broken nest. There was not one active swallow nest under any eave or in any shed or storeroom.
We wondered why.
We found evidence of new starts on nests under an eave, but for some reason, the swallows left to try somewhere else.
Our nearest neighbor is over 700m away. Perhaps they are nesting there?
Our bird nature walk has turned us into detectives.
Who knows what we’ll find.
Back home we researched the swallows on Google and we enjoyed Anna Botsford Comstock’s description in The Handbook of Nature Study of the different swallows ~
“The barn swallow has a distinctively tailor-made appearance; its red-brown vest and iridescent blue coat, with deeply forked “coat tails” give it an elegance of style which no other bird, not even the chic cedar waxwing, can emulate.” (page 111)
I will share this post with the Outdoor Hour Challenge Carnival.