Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Barn swallows

Once the rain stopped today, I sat on the porch waiting for hummingbirds to show up.  I didn't have to wait long.  At one time, two showed up together.  Wow!

But another thing I noticed as I sat there was that we are overwhelmed by barn swallows!  Up at the old house, we had to tear down a mud nest or two on the front porch every year; but I had no idea how many of the little critters really lived here.

We're "out behind the barn", which is where, I imagine, many of them live and where they were born and raised.  So I did a Google search on them, thinking anything that prolific can't be a good thing.

Well, Dr. Google seems to think they can be either good or bad, usually a mix of both; sorta like us humans.  So, as I told Cliff, I guess I'll just sit back and enjoy them.


mutualaide said...

Well now I know more than I ever needed to know about barn swallows -- actually a bit interesting.  I'll stay on the beneficial side of the fence.  :)  

csandhollow said...

I love watching them. Think of them as bug eaters and it is easy to enjoy them. @ hummingbirds usually will not feed at the same time, especially if they are males. If you get another feeder place them at least 10 feet apart to keep them from fighting.